Trevor Hoffman participated in a conference call with national reporters on Wednesday afternoon after formally announcing the end of his 18-year playing career. He spent his final two seasons in a Brewers uniform and spoke fondly of that time.
“I got to meet such great staff people, from the front office down to the clubhouse, and got to see how things ran in a different way,” said Hoffman, who might end up using that knowledge in his new role as a Padres special assistant to the president.
“To have interaction with such passionate, rabid fans, and see the support they gave the club those two years, it was a breath of fresh air,” Hoffman said. “It was something I really look back on with great memories.”
It wasn’t all easy. Hoffman logged 37 saves and made the National League All-Star team in 2009, his first season after leaving San Diego. But he struggled at the start of 2010 and lost the closer’s job to John Axford, and didn’t log save No. 600 until Sept. 7.
Still, Hoffman says the move to Milwaukee was the right one.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I looked at it as an opportunity to fit in with a similar dynamic, a smaller city, and it was. But the passion — I don’t think that as a player you understand it until you’re in it. That part of it was pretty evident.”