- Hoyer first met Trevor Hoffman in Spring Training when Hoyer was getting his neck worked on by a trainer. When Hoyer closed his eyes, Hoffman took the trainer's place and started working on his neck as a joke.
- Hoyer talked to Hoffman again a couple weeks ago. Hoffman has been coming into the training room a lot to work out. "It was pretty clear talking to him that he was going to retire, so we started talking about next steps and what he wanted to do."
- Hoyer says it was the right thing to do to bring Hoffman home. Hoffman says he wants to be here.
- It makes sense to Hoyer to bring in players that recently retired.
"They're all young. They've all just got done playing so their knowledge of the players is very current. Sitting there watching games with them is invaluable. There are so many times during the course of watching games where they'll say things that you never think about as some one who never played in the big leagues."
- Hoyer tells the recently retired players to get away from the game a little bit and get involved with the Front Office and try and find something that they really want to do. He hopes they'll find an area that interests them in a couple years and then go after it full force.
"As far as Major League deals, I'd never say never, but I think we're pretty much done."
"I think we'll be better defensively. I think we have more range at a number of positions."He thinks Chase Headley will improve and Ryan Ludwick will get used to the ballpark. Hawpe won't be as good as Adrian Gonzalez, but the Padres will be as good or better at every other position.
"I certainly don't think we overpaid for him I think we got him on a very reasonable two year deal."He's not the most durable player they've signed, but he gives you a ton when he's in the line up. Hoyer feels they have plenty of depth with Everth Cabrera in AAA and Kevin Frandsen.