Padres set minor league staff for 2005

The San Diego Padres today announced the staffs of their seven minor league affiliates and roving instructors for the 2004 season.

The Padres' Triple-A Portland affiliate will again be managed by Craig Colbert, who in his first season with the Beavers led Portland to their 10th Pacific Coast League regular season championship in 2004. His staff will include pitching coach Jim Slaton, who joins the Beavers after serving as a Special Assignment Coach in the Seattle Mariners' organization and coach Jose Castro who served as the coach at Double-A Mobile during 2004. Trainer John Maxwell returns for his for his fifth season with the Beavers.

"I'm looking forward to another year in Portland, as it's a great city and last year was an outstanding season for us," Colbert said. "I fully expect that we'll be able to put another competitive team on the field again this season, so it should be another exciting year for the fans."

Gary Jones returns for his second season at the helm of the San Diego's Double-A Mobile affiliate. Jones' staff will consist of pitching coach Gary Lance, in his third season with the BayBears and coach Mike Davis, who served in that same role at Lake Elsinore in 2003. Will Sinon will be back for his third season as the club's trainer.

The Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm will feature Rick Renteria at the helm for the second consecutive season. Mike Harkey, also in his second season, will serve as pitching coach, while Tom Tornincasa (coach for Ft. Wayne in '04) will be coach. Jason Haeussinger enters his sixth season as the Padres Single-A California League trainer.

Randy Ready will manage Single-A Fort Wayne in 2005, his second as the Wizards skipper. Steve Webber returns for a second season as pitching coach and Max Venable (hitting coach for Cincinnati's Single-A Daytona affiliate) joins the club as coach. Paul Navarro will once again serve as the Wizards trainer.

"It is very exciting to have Randy return for the 2005 season," said Mike Nutter, General Manager for the Wizards. "For the first time during our partnership with the Padres, we have a manager returning and knowing exactly what to expect in this league. Randy is a great leader and baseball guy that will have his team prepared to play."

Single-A Eugene will be managed by Roy Howell for a third straight season. Pitching coach Dave Rajsich and coach Ben Oglivie both return on Howell's staff as does trainer JoJo Tarantino.

Carlos Lezcano returns to manage the Arizona Padres in the Arizona Rookie League. Pitching coach Wally Whitehurst and coach Luis Quinones will also return for their second seasons with the Padres. Wade Yamasaki will serve as the trainer for his second season.

Manager Pablo Martinez, pitching coaches Juan Melo and Rafael Valdez, coach Jose Mateo and trainer Victor Marmolejos will comprise the Padres Dominican Summer League coach staff.

San Diego's minor league roving instructors will consist of Pitching Coordinator Mike Couchee, Hitting Coordinator Rob Deer, Infield Coordinator Tony Franklin, Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator Doug Dascenzo, Catching Coordinator Joe Ferguson, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Andy Kettler and Trainer Coordinator Lance Cacanindin.

"All of the guys did an outstanding job last year," Padres' Director of Player Development, Tye Waller said.

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