Hoffman: All-Star invite "a big surprise"
Make it an All-Star trio for the Brewers. Trevor Hoffman was added to the National League roster on Sunday in place of injured Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton.
“It was a big surprise,” Hoffman said. “It’s nice to come in and have that kind of news get dropped on you. It’s a big honor to be able to represent not only the Brewers, but the Brewer bullpen and what they’ve accomplished in the first half. It’s indicative of putting a guy like myself in position to go.”
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin received a call early Sunday morning from Major League Baseball senior vice president Katy Feeney, asking if Hoffman would consider an invitation. Melvin passed the word to Hoffman via Brewers manager Ken Macha.
For Hoffman, it was a no-brainer.
“I definitely welcome the opportunity,” Hoffman said. “My kids are really excited, too. They’ve gotten older and they’ve been to quite a few, but they’re starting to understand the dynamics that are a part of it and are really excited for Prince and the Home Run Derby.
“I’m excited for them to have the opportunity to go. They’re at that good age. I think any 11 or 12 year old would love to go to an All-Star Game in that capacity. It was a pretty easy sell.”
Trevor and Tracy Hoffman’s three sons are 10, 11 and 12.
With Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Hoffman, the Brewers will send at least three players to the All-Star Game for the fourth straight season.