The Padres have a new employee and it's definitely someone recognizable in San Diego. Trevor Hoffman has been named the upper level pitching coordinator and special assistant to general manager Josh Byrnes, Byrnes announced Thursday.
As far as the former position, Hoffman will "evaluate and help coordinate all pitchers from the Double-A, Triple-A and major-league levels."
“Trevor will be a key part of finishing the development of our younger pitchers,” Byrnes said in a statement. “His expertise, passion and communication skills will undoubtedly impact this critical area for us.”
Hoffman, 45, was the all-time leader in career saves before Mariano Rivera broke his record. He still sits at second on the list with 601.
During 16 seasons with the Padres, Hoffman was a six-time All-Star. He compiled 552 of those saves with a 2.76 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 1,029 strikeouts in 952 1/3 innings. Even when he lost a good amount of velocity off his fastball, he was able to get hitters out with his devastating changeup. Perhaps he'll attempt to hone the changeup skills of future Padres' hurlers.
Hoffman is one of only five Padres to have his number retired, along with Tony Gwynn, Steve Garvey, Randy Jones and Dave Winfield.