"For me, [the transition] was great, because you don't have the stress of trying to perform, but you're also able to feed the animal," Hoffman said. "It was the best of both worlds. The organization has been great in terms of letting me float around and observe."
Hoffman was in uniform as a Padres instructor during Spring Training, but since the start of the season, he's remained on the sidelines. He consults with San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer when needed, and with Padres pitchers when they come to him with questions.
The new gig affords Hoffman a lot more time home with his wife, Tracy, and his three sons. At the ballpark, he has a new vantage point.
"It's been a little different being in the stands," he said.
Hoffman recorded the final 47 of his record 601 saves in a Brewers uniform and retired last winter after a tough 2010 season. His legacy lives on with the Brewers, whose relievers have continued their "Camp Hoffman" workouts. Instead of Hoffman leading the daily cardiovascular workouts, each day a different reliever gets to choose the activity.
Kameron Loe called for running stairs in the upper deck at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it was Marco Estrada's turn. Pitchers chased down an aerobie -- the pink, Frisbee-like flying disc -- in the PETCO Park outfield.
"The stuff he instilled in us, it's good for the group," said closer John Axford. "It was really light with him, but it was always work, too. He taught us the balance."
Hoffman was happy to hear the tradition continues.
"It's a little bit of a commitment," he said. "The good thing is they've been able to adapt whatever they were exposed to, to their routines and what they feel is going to better them. It's not necessarily, 'Do what Hoffy says,' but realize that some of the things we did do was helpful to their careers."