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Padres hire Phil Plantier as hitting coach

Oct 30, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have hired Phil Plantier as hitting coach.

Plantier, 42, had been serving as manager at the Padres’ single affiliate in Lake Elsinore, California.

He was a big league outfielder from 1990-1997, batting .243/.332/.439 with 91 home runs in 610 games, 298 of which he played with San Diego.

In 1993, by far his best season, Plantier had an .843 OPS and 34 home runs for a 72-90 Padres team.

He’ll be taking the place of Randy Ready, who was let go in late September after a brutal offensive campaign that sunk the Friars to a 71-91 record. With a batting order that should improve in 2012 but only mildly, Plantier will be facing a challenge.

  1. pisano - Oct 30, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Gee, I wonder if the Padres offered him minimum wage, the Padres have to be the cheapest team in all of sport.

  2. natsattack - Oct 30, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    PETCO is the haunted house for hitting coaches.

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