Padres add Muser to minor league staff

The San Diego Padres today named Tony Muser manager of their Rookie-level affiliate in Peoria, AZ, and announced the addition of Steve Bowden as National Crosschecker.

Muser, who spent the past four seasons as San Diego's bench coach, joins the Peoria Padres for his fifth minor league managerial assignment. He previously managed Single-A Stockton, Double-A El Paso, Triple-A Vancouver and Triple-A Denver in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The 59-year-old Muser was named the American Association's Manager of the Year in 1991 after leading the Denver Zephyrs to a league title.

Muser spent 13 years coaching in the Brewers organization, including five as a member of the Big League staff (1985-89). He joined the Chicago Cubs as bullpen coach in 1993 and also served as the club's third base coach (1994-96) and hitting coach (1997) before leaving to become manager of the Kansas City Royals on July 9, 1997. Muser is third on the Royals all-time managerial wins list with 317 victories in five-plus seasons (1997-2002) behind Whitey Herzog (410) and Dick Howser (404).

Originally signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox in 1967, he hit .259 (329-for-1268) with 41 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs and 117 RBI over parts of nine Major League seasons with the Red Sox (1969), Chicago White Sox (1971-75), Baltimore Orioles (1976-77) and Brewers (1978).

Bowden, 41, joins the Padres after spending the previous 12 seasons in the Oakland Athletics organization. He began his scouting career with the California Angels in 1994 before moving to the A's where he was an area scout from 1995-2001 covering Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Bowden was named Oakland's Midwest Crosschecker in 2004, serving in that capacity through the 2006 season.


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