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Minor Leaguer Trevor Hoffman is now one of the best closers in the game

Originally Published: September 11, 2006
By Buster Olney

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Sept. 11, 2006, issue. Subscribe today!

THE PITCH is an accident, a homemade concoction. Baseball moonshine. In 1994, a fellow pitcher showed Trevor Hoffman his discarded grip for a changeup, and 12 years later, Hoffman sits in the visitors' dugout at Shea Stadium, raises his right hand and tells the whole truth about the pitch that will take him to the Hall of Fame.

Hoffman shows how he propels the baseball with the ...

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