"You hope that's not your peak," Hoffman said in a telephone interview from his home in suburban San Diego. "You hope there's a little more in the tank, really, from some of the writers that didn't vote for you. To get so close is tantalizing, but it's that oh-so-close-but-oh-so-far-away scenario."
"Falling short of this class is disappointing," Hoffman said in a statement. "I am truly humbled to have come so close. I hope to one day soon share a Hall of Fame celebration with my family, friends, teammates and all of San Diego."