Selected by Milwaukee in the fifth round of the 1980 First-Year Player Draft, Ready's professional career spanned 19 years, including parts of 13 Major League seasons with the Brewers (1983-86), Padres (1986-89), Phillies (1989-91, 1994-95), Athletics (1992) and Expos (1993). He batted .259 (547-for-2110) with 107 doubles, 21 triples, 40 home runs, 239 RBI and 312 runs scored in 777 Big League games.
Venable, 50, takes over as Portland's hitting coach after serving in the same capacity at Single-A Lake Elsinore (2007) and Single-A Fort Wayne (2005-06) over the previous three seasons. He came to the Padres organization after serving as hitting coach for Cincinnati's Single-A affiliate in Dayton in 2004. Venable's previous coaching experience also includes five seasons in the Atlanta Braves minor league system from 1994-98. He began his coaching career in 1994 as manager of the Braves Rookie-level Idaho Falls club, later managing at Rookie-level Danville (1995) and coaching at Single-A Durham (1996) and Triple-A Richmond (1997-98).
Originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 1976 First-Year Player Draft, Venable played parts of 12 Major League seasons with the Giants (1979-83), Expos (1984), Reds (1985-87) and Angels (1989-91). He hit .241 (337-for-1397) with 57 doubles, 17 triples, 18 home runs, 128 RBI and 64 stolen bases in 727 games. His son, Will Venable, is an outfielder in the Padres organization.