Magadan fired; Rettenmund returns to Padres

The San Diego Padres today announced that the club has relieved hitting coach Dave Magadan of his duties and named Toronto Blue Jays roving hitting instructor Merv Rettenmund to the post. Rettenmund returns to the club which let him go after the 1999 season.

"Changing any member of the coaching staff is always a difficult decision to make, especially when it takes place in-season, but we felt this was a change that needed to be made. We would like to thank Dave for his contributions as a player and coach with the Padres organization," said Towers. "With the addition of Merv -- someone who is familiar with our organization, having been a coach with both the 1996 and 1998 playoff teams -- the club adds an individual with great baseball wisdom and a longstanding success as a hitting coach."

Magadan, 43, has served as San Diego's hitting coach since Nov. 8, 2002. He began his coaching career with the Padres organization as a Minor League hitting instructor in 2002. Magadan retired as a player at the end of the 2001 season after spending parts of 16 seasons with the New York Mets (1986-92), Florida Marlins (1993-94), Seattle Mariners (1993), Houston Astros (1995), Chicago Cubs (1996), Oakland A's (1997-98) and Padres (1999-2001). In 1,582 career games, he hit .288 (1197-for-4159) with 218 doubles, 13 triples, 42 home runs and 495 RBIs.

Rettenmund has over 40 years experience in professional baseball as a player and coach. He has served as Toronto's roving Minor League hitting instructor for the past three-plus seasons after being named to that post in December 2002. Rettenmund played two seasons with the Padres from 1976-77 and was the club's hitting coach from 1991-99. During his tenure as San Diego's hitting coach, he coached a pair of National League batting champions, Tony Gwynn and Gary Sheffield.

The 63-year-old Rettenmund began his coaching career in 1980 with the then-California Angels, and has worked in various roles with the Angels (1980-82), Texas Rangers (1983-85), A's (1986-90), Padres (1991-99), Atlanta Braves (2000-01), Detroit Tigers (2002) and Blue Jays (2003-06).

Rettenmund played parts of 13 seasons in the Majors with Baltimore (1968-73), Cincinnati (1974-75), San Diego (1976-77) and California (1978-80). He batted .271 (693-for-2555) with 114 doubles, 66 home runs and 329 RBIs in 1,023 career games, establishing a Padres record with 21 pinch-hits in 1977.

A San Diego resident, Rettenmund is scheduled to join the team in Anaheim for the club's three-game series vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tomorrow.

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