Padres announce Dominican coaching staff

The San Diego Padres today named Luis Quiñones and Efrain Valdez as Manager and Pitching Coach, respectively, for the club's Dominican Summer League (Rookie-level) Padres.

Quiñones, 42, served as hitting coach for the Peoria Padres of the Arizona League in 2005, his second season in that position. Prior to joining the Padres organization, Quinones spent three seasons in the Cincinnati Reds' system (2000-02). An infielder on the Reds' 1990 World Champion club, Quiñones played parts of eight Major League seasons with Oakland (1983), San Francisco (1986), the Chicago Cubs (1987), Cincinnati (1988-91) and Minnesota (1992).

Valdez is a veteran of 17 seasons of professional baseball, competing most recently for the Mexican League's Tabasco Olmecas in 2003. His professional baseball career began in 1983 when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Padres. Valdez played parts of three Major League seasons with the Cleveland Indians (1990-91) and Arizona Diamondbacks (1998), finishing with a career record of 1-1 and a 2.91 ERA. His most recent coaching experience came as a pitching coach at the Dominican Academy for the Japanese League's Tokyo Carp.

Quiñones and Valdez join holdovers Jose Mateo (hitting coach) and Victor Marmolejos (Athletic Trainer) for the 2006 campaign.


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