Trevor Hoffman was a shortstop in college and was drafted by the Reds as a shortstop. But he struggled to hit consistently. “I couldn’t handle the 0-for-4s,” Hoffman said, recalling how one hitless game would stack up emotionally on the next until he felt he could never keep up. The pressure to hit was overwhelming for him, and after a short time in the minors, organization officials asked him if he had ever thought about pitching. He took to it and loved it, and only Mariano Rivera has more career saves than Hoffman, who is likely to be elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in January.
Sandbagging is a term used in martial arts to denote a practitioner who competes at a skill-bracket deemed less rigorous than their actual level of competitive ability. The term is adopted similarly in golf and various forms of racing. In contrast to these sports however, it remains unclear whether the grappling “sandbagger” necessarily does so intentionally. For example, in Judo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where competition is generally divided by belt rank, a practitioner is conventionally not allowed to choose his or her own ranking and thus must compete at a level predetermined by his or her instructor.