Padres name Rick Renteria first base coach

San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres announced today that the club has named Rick Renteria as its First Base Coach on Manager Bud Black's coaching staff for the 2008 season. Renteria will join bench coach Craig Colbert, pitching coach Darren Balsley, hitting coach Wally Joyner, third base coach Glenn Hoffman and bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, all returning in the same roles they held last season.

"I live in the San Diego area and am thankful to stay close to home and have this great opportunity to be with the Major League club." Renteria said.

Renteria, 45, will be entering his sixth season as a coach in the Padres organization and first at the Major League level. He spent the 2007 season as the manager of the Padres Triple-A Portland affiliate, leading the Beavers to a 58-86 (.403) record. He previously served three seasons at the helm of San Diego's Single-A Lake Elsinore club, leading the Storm to a 212-206 (.507) record from 2004-06. Under Renteria, Lake Elsinore reached the California League playoffs in 2005 and 2006, advancing to the league's championship series in 2005. He originally joined the Storm staff as a coach for the 2003 season.

Prior to joining the Padres organization, Renteria spent four seasons as a manager in the Florida Marlins minor league system (1998-2001). He made his managerial debut with the Marlins Single-A Brevard County club in 1998 and earned Midwest League Manager of the Year honors with the club's Single-A Kane County affiliate in 1999.

A former Major League infielder, Renteria was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 1980 June Draft. He batted .237 (100-for-422) with 20 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 41 RBI in 184 career Major League games with the Pirates (1986), Seattle Mariners (1987-88) and the Marlins (1993-94).

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