Padres name Fort Wayne hitting coach

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres announced that Bob Skube has been named hitting coach at Single-A Fort Wayne and Tom Tornincasa has officially been promoted to the position of hitting coach with the club's Double-A affiliate in San Antonio. In addition, Dan Morrison has joined the club as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.

In a move first reported by MadFriars.com, Tornincasa, 51, who was named hitting coach of San Diego's Single-A affiliate in Fort Wayne on November 13, 2006 after serving in the same role at Single-A Lake Elsinore for the 2005-06 seasons, will take over as hitting coach in Double-A San Antonio. He enters his eighth season in the Padres system after joining the club as a coach for the Arizona Rookie League Padres in 2000. He also spent the 2001-04 seasons as a coach for Single-A Fort Wayne.

The 49-year-old Skube joins the Wizards after spending the past two seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. He served as manager of the Rangers rookie-level affiliate in Arizona during the 2006 season and as the hitting coach for Single-A Bakersfield of the California League in 2005. Selected by the Milwaukee Brewers out of the University of Southern California in the 13th round of the 1979 June draft, Skube played professionally in the Milwaukee organization from 1979-85, including parts of two seasons at the Major League level from 1982-83. In 16 games with the Brewers, he batted .250 (7-for-28) with a double, triple and nine RBI.

Morrison, 27, comes to the Padres organization after three seasons in the Cleveland Indians minor league system. He spent the 2006 season as the strength and conditioning coach for Triple-A Buffalo after serving in the same capacity for Single-A Kinston in 2004 and Single-A Lake County in 2005. Morrison earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 2002.


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