Padres name Wally Joyner hitting coach

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres announced today that the club has named Wally Joyner Hitting Coach, replacing Merv Rettenmund.

Joyner, 45, has previously served as the Padres Minor League Hitting Instructor (2003) and as a Special Instructor during Spring Training (2004-2007). He was a Special Assistant to General Manager Kevin Towers in 2002.

Joyner had a career Major League Batting average of .289 (2,060-for-7127) with 409 doubles, 26 triples, 204 home runs, 1,106 RBI, 973 runs, 833 walks and 60 steals over parts of 16 seasons in 2,033 games with California/Anaheim (1986-1992, 2001), Kansas City (1992-1995), San Diego (1996-1999) and Atlanta (2000).

Rettenmund, 64, was named the Padres Hitting Coach on June 15, 2006. He had also held the same position with the Padres from 1991-1999.

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