NEW ULM - Jamie Hoffmann's dream of playing Major League Baseball took a big step forward Thursday as he was placed on the 40-man Major League roster by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I was very excited when they told me that I had made the 40-man roster," Hoffmann said as he was preparing to fly back home as the Arizona Fall League competed their season. "I have worked pretty hard and it is good to see that the Dodger organization thinks that highly of me that they want to protect me. They may have been afraid of losing me to another team through the Rule 5 draft. It is a nice feeling."
Hoffmann, who played at "AA" Jacksonville last season, said that making the 40-man roster means that he will be invited to the Dodgers' major league spring training camp.
"And my salary goes up," he said. "As far as making the Dodgers out of spring training goes, you never really know. To be on the major league team, you have to be on the 40-man roster so it's kind of a step towards that. But at the same time, there are a lot of players who are on the 40-man roster who are playing minor league baseball."
Rumors in Baseball America are saying that the Dodgers want to dump center fielder Andrew Jones in a trade or maybe a straight release.
Hoffmann, who plays the outfield, said that when he called home to his parents Rich and Lisa Thursday night "they were really pumped up. I called them and my sister Tiffany. They were almost more excited then I was. Rich said that he was really proud of me and told me to keep working hard."
Hoffmann said that he knew that he needed to have a good season in the AFL.
"I did that and the rest was out of my hands. I was not to worried about what would happen."
He said that he was not worried about what the Dodgers would do with him.
"I just came out here and tried to do my best in the Arizona Fall League. I wanted to have other teams see me and if they were going to protect me or not, that was up to them."
Hoffmann said that he will be back in New Ulm around Thanksgiving.
"I might be around for a while. I know that we have winter workouts in January and we also will have periodical workouts either in Arizona or Los Angeles. I do not know the complete schedule yet - I think that I will kind of be moving around quite a bit at that time."