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Petco Park claims another victim as Padres fire hitting coach Randy Ready

Sep 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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Earlier this season general manager Jed Hoyer tried to deflect criticism aimed at hitting coach Randy Ready for the Padres’ offensive struggles, but today the team fired Ready after 2.5 seasons on the job.

San Diego scored the second-fewest runs in the league, so firing the hitting coach certainly isn’t shocking, but it’s worth noting that Petco Park played a huge role in those weak scoring totals. Away from the majors’ most extreme hitters’ ballpark the Padres scored the NL’s sixth-most road runs.

In other words, when playing in normal, non-extreme hitting environments the Padres’ lineup was slightly above average. When playing at home they were horrendous, but Petco Park turns just about every offense into a punchless one. Which is why in eight seasons calling Petco Park home the Padres have ranked 8th, 13th, 13th, 9th, 16th, 15th, 12th, and 15th among NL teams in overall scoring.

  1. xpensivewinos - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Good to see that heads are rolling! This will make all the difference in the world.

    When you put your team together with scraps from a dumpster and get rid of your only quality hitter (Adrian), it probably doesn’t matter who the hitting coach is.

    Let the fans know when you’re going to field a legitimate, major league quality team and maybe they’ll come back.

    Absolutely clueless organization.

    • detiger69 - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      Sorry but the San Diego fans haven’t left. Attendance in San Diego was up slightly from last year in spite of a significantly inferior team from a year ago.

      San Diego is the 8th largest city in the US. It’s local economy is rooted in the Military, tourism, agriculture, and entertainment which should be minimizing the recessions impact. It has a great new ballpark. Just on attendance the Padres only need to average $21 per fan to meet payroll.

      Now throw in revenue sharing and television revenue and you have another owner crying “poor poor pitiful me” all the way to the bank. There is no way San Diego should be able to pretend they lack the money to support a bigger payroll.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Randy is READY to tackle a new frontier.

    READY or not, the Padres are going to hire a new coach! Their information regarding posssible candidates is at the READY of the front office.

    Whoever hires Randy next will be “All right, all Ready!”

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      Thanks for the love, guys.
      Puns are like dreams; they only die when they’re given up on. And I’ll keep striving.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 29, 2011 at 9:56 PM

      enough, alREADY :)

  3. cerowb - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Hitting Coach is still the sweetest position in the world. If your players hit, you’re great. If they don’t, you suck. Pretty sure I would be an awesome hitting coach with the Yankees and a terrible hitting coach with the Padres. Gotta love it.

    • jamie54 - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      Exactly, see Dave Magadan. Gone from the Padres next season picked up by Red Sox, WS champs. Gee Petco vs. Fenway. That and the Sox spend a wee bit more on their hitters, but apparently not enough on their Pitching.

  4. icanspeel - Sep 29, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    It may or may not be the hitting coaches fault, but 1 thing the Padres struggled with regardless of where they play their home games is… Strike Outs. I could be wrong, but they have to be tops in the league with strike outs and maybe a new set of eyes can correct things in mechanics and make improvements in that category.

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