Padres minor league coaching assignments

The San Diego Padres today named Glenn Abbott, Arnie Beyeler and Greg Harrel, Pitching Coach, Hitting Coach and Athletic Trainer, respectively, at Double-A Mobile, and Tom Gamboa as Minor League Roving Instructor and Will Sinon as Athletic Trainer at Triple-A Portland.

Abbott, 54, joins Manager Gary Jones' staff after three seasons with the Texas Rangers organization. During the 2005 season, he served as the pitching coach at Single-A Spokane after having held the same role at Triple-A Oklahoma in 2003-04. Prior to joining the Rangers, Abbott spent four seasons with the Oakland A's, making his coaching debut with Double-A Midland in 1999. A right-handed pitcher during his playing days, Abbott compiled a 62-83 mark with a 4.39 ERA during an 11-year Major League career with Oakland, Seattle and Detroit.

Beyeler, 41, joins Mobile and will serve as the club's new hitting coach. Beyeler comes to the Padres organization after spending three previous seasons managing the Texas Rangers California League affiliate (Single-A), most recently at Bakersfield where he led the Blaze to a 68-72 overall record in 2005. Prior to his time in the Texas system, Beyeler managed in the Boston organization, skippering Augusta of the South Atlantic League in 2002 and the New-York Penn League's Lowell Spinners in 2000-01. Beyeler served the previous three seasons as a hitting coach and infield coach in the New York Yankees system at Triple-A Columbus (1997) and Double-A Norwich (1998-1999). From 1992-1996, he was a Florida Area Scout for the Detroit Tigers.

Gamboa, 57, returns for a second time to the Padres organization after having served as San Diego's Director of Minor League Instruction from 1991-94. He served most recently as the Manager of the Arkansas Travelers, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Prior to that Gamboa spent three seasons (2001-03) as a Major League coach for the Kansas City Royals. A veteran of 33 seasons associated with professional baseball, Gamboa has also served as a coach, scout or instructor in the Baltimore, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.

Harrel, 41, returns to professional baseball as the Athletic Trainer for the BayBears in 2006. His most recent professional baseball experience came during the 2004 season with the Florida Marlins Triple-A club. Harrel spent the previous 18 seasons in the Texas Rangers system, including a stint with the Major League club from October 2002-2003. Prior to joining the big league Rangers, he spent 11 seasons with Oklahoma, the Rangers Triple-A club, four seasons with Tulsa (1988-1991), and one season each with Charlotte (1987) and Daytona Beach (1986). A graduate of Central State University in Edmond, OK, Harrel will begin working in his 20th season in professional baseball.

Sinon, who has served the three previous seasons (2003-05) with Mobile where he earned Southern League Trainer of the Year honors in 2003, will join manager Craig Colbert, pitching coach Gary Lance and hitting coach Jose Castro at Portland. Prior to his arrival in Mobile, Sinon spent two seasons as Athletic Trainer at Single-A Fort Wayne (2001-2002). He was also Athletic Trainer for Idaho Falls in 2000 and Rookie-level Peoria from 1998-99.

Sinon's hiring rounds out the Portland coaching staff as Gary Lance will return as the pitching coach, Jose Castro as hitting coach and Craig Colbert as the manager.

"I'm very much looking forward to another season at PGE Park," said Colbert. "We've put together two good seasons here, and I am pleased that we'll have the same coaching staff in place to give the 2006 season a solid foundation for further success as a team and continued development of the Padres top prospects."

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