Nearly 25 years since he last donned a Texas Rangers uniform, Dave Hostetler still makes his home in Arlington and he remains as involved with sports as he's ever been.
Hostetler, who played for Texas from 1982-84, has lived in Arlington since he joined the Rangers and has worked in the sporting goods industry -- one that's interested him since he was a youth in Pasadena, Calif. -- for the past 21 years.
"I was always intrigued with the sporting goods store in my hometown," Hostetler said. "Then I got involved with Sports Supply Group and just kind of found my way into the sporting goods industry. It's a pretty neat industry because, no matter what type of economy we have, kids are going to play sports."
Hostetler got his start with Sports Supply Group, which is based in Dallas, and moved up the company ladder for 13 years before finding his way over to Riddell, where he's been for the last eight years.
He's currently a regional manager for Riddell and primarily sells football helmets -- quite a change of pace for someone who was in professional baseball for 10 years. But Hostetler pushes the baseball products whenever he can.
"They have a baseball division, so I stay in baseball a little bit and am around baseball products," Hostetler said. "But their main focus is football and, this time of year, it's a little busy so we're selling a lot of football helmets right now."
And if Hostetler doesn't get his baseball fix at work, he certainly gets it from his involvement with the Rangers Alumni Legacy program.
Through the Legacy program, Hostetler participates in youth baseball camps and clinics at Dr Pepper Field near Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and goes on corporate outings.
"They've really done a fantastic job of making you feel like a part of what they're doing," Hostetler said. "It wasn't like that three or four years ago. They've really made it very neat to be a part of the Legacy program.
"It's a good thing for the guys because there's a lot of players who live here and have made this area their home. It makes it a lot easier to come to the ballgames and want to come to the ballgames."
When he comes to Rangers Ballpark -- even though it's not Arlington Stadium where he once played -- he sometimes thinks back to his Rangers days, especially his debut season in Texas.
"I got called up from Triple-A when I was playing in Denver at Mile High Stadium, so it was like going from a big league stadium to a Minor League stadium when I got here," Hostetler said.
In 1982, Hostetler burst onto the baseball scene with 22 home runs in 113 games as the Rangers first baseman.
"The first month that I came up, I got off to such a great start and it was a lot of fun just being in this atmosphere and being in the big leagues," Hostetler said.
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.