Padres make staff promotions

The San Diego Padres today announced that they have promoted Tom Gamboa to Minor League Field Coordinator, Tony Muser to Minor League Hitting Coordinator, Bill Bryk to Special Assistant to the General Manager/Major League Scout, Randy Smith to Director of International Scouting/Major League Scout, Mike Wickham to Director of Minor League Operations and Bob Filotei to National Crosschecker.

Additionally, the club has named David Francia an Area Scout.

Gamboa is a 35-year veteran of professional baseball, previously serving as Defensive Coordinator/Staff Development for the Padres (2006-07). He is in his second stint with the organization, having served as Director of Minor League Instruction from 1991-94. Gamboa began his professional career as a scout for Baltimore from 1973-75. He has also served as a minor league coach and manager, earning Manager of the Year honors with Single-A Beloit (Milwaukee) in 1984. Over his career, Gamboa has held the position of Minor League Hitting Instructor, Western States Scouting Director and Minor League Field Coordinator and has worked in the Orioles, Brewers, Tigers, Cubs, Dodgers, Royals and Angels organizations. He spent two seasons as the Cubs third base coach from 1998-99.

Muser has been with the Padres since the 2003 season, serving as San Diego's Major League bench coach from 2003-06 and most recently as manager of the Peoria Padres. He came from the Kansas City Royals, where he managed parts of five seasons from 1997-2002. He currently ranks third on the Royals all-time managerial wins list with 317 victories. Prior to his time in Kansas City, Muser spent 13 years in the Brewers organization, serving on the Big League staff as third base coach (1985-88) and hitting coach (1987-89). He primarily managed in the minor leagues while with the Brewers, earning Manager of the Year honors with Triple-A Denver in 1991. Muser served as Milwaukee's West Coast amateur and Major League crosschecker during the 1990 season.

Bryk has spent the previous eight years as Minor League Field Coordinator and Special Assistant to General Manager Kevin Towers. Prior to joining the Padres, Bryk spent 18 seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, serving as Assistant Director of Player Development in his final three years with the club. He doubled as the Pirates Minor League Pitching Coordinator for the 1998-99 seasons. Bryk is currently in his second stint with San Diego, having managed the Padres' Single-A Grays Harbor affiliate in 1980 and at Single-A Walla Walla in 1981 prior to joining the Pirates.

Smith recently finished his fourth season as Director of Professional and International Scouting, having held the position since November 2003. He returned for his third stint with the Padres as Special Assistant to the General Manager for the 2003 season after more than seven years (1995-2002) as the Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers. Prior to his time in Detroit, Smith served as San Diego's Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager from 1993-1995, becoming the then-youngest general manager in Major League history. He had originally joined the Padres as Assistant Director of Scouting and Player Development in 1984 and was later named Scouting Director in 1988. Smith left briefly to serve as Assistant General Manager of the Colorado Rockies from 1991-93.

Wickham has been with the Padres since December 2001, originally serving as Assistant to the Scouting Director and then as Assistant Director of Scouting from 2002-05 before being named Assistant to the Vice President/Scouting & Player Development. He came to the Padres after three years with the Montreal Expos, where he worked in a variety of roles in the baseball operations department, including development, scouting and Major League operations. He began his career in 1998 as the Director of Finance with the Stockton Ports, the then-Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Filotei has served as an area scout since joining the Padres in 2003. Prior to his time with San Diego, he spent 10 years (1993-2002) scouting in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Filotei, an infielder, also spent two years playing in the Reds minor league system (1991-92).

Francia joins the Padres as an area scout following an eight-year minor league career in the Philadelphia Phillies organization (1996-2003). An outfielder and career .268 hitter, Francia also played with the Italian national team and participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

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