SAN DIEGO -- For 18 seasons, Trevor Hoffman went to work in a baseball uniform, with AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” ringing through his ears.

But with the exception of the Padres’ home opener on April 5th, when he emerged from the left field bullpen at Petco Park to throw out the first pitch, that music has fallen silent, and Trevor Time has expired.

Hoffman retired after the 2010 season and immediately went to work for the Padres' front office. He racked up 601 saves for the Padres and Milwaukee Brewers and became Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader. Yet after all those trips to the mound, he says he feels no pull to get back on the field.

“Guys who have a hard time, they do it for a long period of time and then it's just done,” Hoffman said recently. “There's a finality to it, and you might not have that opportunity to be around the game.

“The fact that I was able to be here, and be in uniform, during spring training kind of fed that animal and allowed me to kind of realize that you don't have to go grind like you had in the past. I’m very comfortable and happy and no regrets.”

 Hoffman’s withdrawal was eased by spending much of the month of March working on the field in Peoria, Arizona with the Padres’ players. He says he hopes to do more of that with both major and minor leaguers.

“I need that,” Hoffman said. “I want to be around the game. I want to help the guys. I want to be a sounding board. I want to pass on in a sense, and let people know I appreciate playing the game. 

“It's a pretty good situation for me.”

As a player, Hoffman knew his role: come in, protect the lead, and close out a game.

Now, with the ambiguous title of Special Assistant to the President, his role is not clearly defined, which affords the opportunity to explore a future in off-field management, or on-field coaching.

“You never say never on anything, really,” Hoffman said. “I think where that path goes, I kind of want to ease into it and enjoy that opportunity to float and maybe be a part of a lot of different things.”