The Padres announced this week that Hoffman has been appointed to the role of Upper Level Pitching Coordinator and Special Assistant to General Manager Josh Byrnes.
In his new role, 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,” said Byrnes. “His expertise, passion and communication skills will undoubtedly impact this critical area for us.”
Hoffman, 45, had served the last three seasons as special assistant to the team president and CEO following his retirement from the playing field in January 2011, ending an 18-year Major League career that included parts of 16 seasons with the Padres, as well as time with the Florida Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers.
Hoffman, one of the most popular Padres ever, has been acting in more of a community relations capacity and as a face of the franchise. Now, he said, he's looking forward to getting back on the field.
"I'm definitely excited about being more intimately involved with players," Hoffman told reporters after the announcement. "I see myself as a conduit [of information]. This is an area I'm passionate about. This is a great opportunity and ... I jumped at it. I've always been comfortable on the field."
The greatest pitcher in Padres annals with the second-most career saves in MLB history (601 in 677 opportunities), Hoffman was a seven-time All-Star who finished in the top 10 in Cy Young Award voting and in the top 25 in Most Valuable Player voting on four occasions each.
Over his 16 seasons with San Diego, Hoffman compiled a 54-64 record with 552 saves in 618 opportunities (.893 save percentage), a 2.76 ERA and 1,029 strikeouts in 902 relief appearances.
In 2011, the Padres retired Hoffman’s no. 51, an honor bestowed upon only four other Padres (Steve Garvey, Tony Gwynn, Randy Jones and Dave Winfield). Hoffman, the first reliever to notch 500 and 600 saves, should be joining Gwynn and Winfield in Cooperstown in the near future.