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College coaching great to manage short-season Eugene
SAN DIEGO—The organization's minor league coaching staff is top-heavy with former big leaguers.
But farm director Randy Smith dipped into the college ranks, naming former Arizona State and Notre Dame coach Pat Murphy as manger of short-season Eugene. Murphy replaces former Padres manager Greg Riddoch, who spent four seasons in Eugene.
Murphy, who has a career 1,000-457-4 college coaching record at Arizona State (1995-2009), Notre Dame (1988-94), Claremont-Mudd (1986-87) and Maryville College (1983), served as a special assistant in the Padres front office last year. He learned some of the ins and outs of the pro game, but Smith felt Murphy's value to the organization was on the field. Murphy is joined by veteran pitching coach Dave Rajisch, who is in his 12th year in the organization and was named the California League's Pitching Coach of the Year in 2010, and hitting coach Chris Prieto.
Also new to the minor league managing ranks is Shawn Wooten, who spent 14 years in the big leagues. After spending last season as the hitting coach at Eugene, Wooten takes over as skipper at low Class A Fort Wayne. Wooten's staff includes former big leaguers Willie Blair, who will serve as pitching coach, and hitting coach Kory DeHaan. Terry Kennedy returns for his second season as the manager of the organization's Triple-A team, but the venue has changed from Portland to Tucson as the Padres await word on a new stadium in the North San Diego County town of Escondido. Kennedy is joined by veteran pitching coach Steve Webber and hitting coach Bob Skube.
• The Royals claimed shortstop Lance Zawadzki, who had two brief stints in San Diego, off waivers. In turn, the Padres claimed infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir off waivers from the Blue Jays. Hoffpauir hit .295/.376/.494 in hitter-friendly Triple-A Las Vegas, but hit just .206/.250/.235 in 34 big league at-bats. Second baseman Matt Antonelli, who missed all of the 2010 season with a hand injury, was activated from the 60-day disabled list.
• Bill Bryk, special assistant to the general manager since 1999, and Ryan Isaac, coordinator of professional scouting, have left the Padres to join former Padres GM Kevin Towers in Arizona.