It's been almost three years since Trevor Hoffman last flung one of his trademark changeups over the plate. The longtime closer hung up his spikes following the 2010 season with 18 years of big league service and a then-record 601 career saves under his belt.
And nobody ever saw him again...
Well, OK, maybe not.
Hoffman may be retired from baseball, but Mark Clements of MLB.com caught up with him last year and found a guy who's keeping plenty busy as a member of the San Diego Padres front office and as a TV analyst.
For my part, I know that Hoffman is still talking. I got a chance to chat with him over the phone on Tuesday by virtue of Hoffman's involvement in the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Game, which will go down later this month on May 18 at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York.
Naturally, Hoffman said he's "excited" to go have "a little bit of fun" in the game, which will feature him and his fellow National League legends, American League legends and a pair of consumer contestants—Johnny Perotti of Rochester and Stephen Katchmark of Washington, D.C.