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6/15:Padres Fire Magadan, hire Rettenmund

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    Padres fire Magadan as hitting coach, hire RettenmundBy BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer
    June 15, 2006

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With the worst team batting average in the NL and the third-fewest homers in the majors, the San Diego Padres fired Dave Magadan as hitting coach on Thursday and replaced him with the popular Merv Rettenmund.
    Rettenmund, who was San Diego's hitting coach from 1991-99, will join the Padres on Friday for the start of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels.
    "Time will tell if this is the right decision," general manager Kevin Towers said. "It really came down to results. It had nothing to do with personalities."
    The Padres' team batting average dropped to .252 in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Dodgers. They've hit just 55 homers.
    By comparison, their pitching ranked second in the NL and their team defense was tied for second going into Thursday's games.
    The Padres have been outhomered 42-26 in spacious Petco Park this season.
    "We just weren't getting the results we were looking for," Towers said. "A lot of that can be ballpark, a lot of it can be product. He's certainly not entirely to blame here. We're looking to try to find a way to maybe jump-start this offense."
    While Padres hitters have struggled at Petco Park, other teams have taken advantage of the big gaps and had no trouble going deep.
    In Colorado's first four games in San Diego this season, the Rockies outscored the Padres 37-12, with 11 homers.
    In a three-game series last summer, Cincinnati outscored the Padres 24-5, outhomered them 8-0 and outhit them 33-18. The Reds had 21 extra-base hits while the Padres got just four.
    Rettenmund had been a roving hitting instructor for the Toronto Blue Jays.
    During his first stint as the Padres' hitting coach, he tutored a pair of NL batting champions: Tony Gwynn and Gary Sheffield. The Padres won the NL West in 1996, and reached the World Series in 1998.
    Rettenmund was hired away by the Atlanta Braves before the 2000 season. Ben Oglivie replaced Rettenmund in 2000, but was reassigned just two months into that season because the Padres thought the players weren't responding to his approach. Oglivie was replaced by Duane Espy, who was fired on the second-to-last day of the 2002 season.
    Magadan was hired as San Diego's hitting coach on Nov. 8, 2002. He retired as a player at the end of the 2001 season after spending parts of 16 seasons with the New York Mets, Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and Padres.
    "The organization obviously felt a change was needed," manager Bruce Bochy said. "The offense was not what we had hoped and Dave was doing all he could. Sometimes a different approach, or you say something different, can get different results."
    Rettenmund has been in professional baseball for more than 40 years as a player and coach. He played for the Padres from 1976-77. He played in four World Series, winning twice -- with the Baltimore Orioles in 1970 and Cincinnati Reds in 1975.


    Updated on Thursday, Jun 15, 2006 9:47 pm EDT
     
  2. Thumper

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    Wow, big news. They're starting to shake things up. I've always liked Mags, but maybe a change is what is needed. I definitely don't think it's all Magadan's fault, but he's the fall guy.
     
  3. WonderSlug

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    Hopefully this will be enough to set those bats a blazin'.
     
  4. Thumper

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    Sure hope so! :icon_shrug:
     
  5. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    the vast majority of fans wanted this guy's head and I guess Sandy and KT thought the noise was too loud to ignore now
     

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