Black to return to Padres in 2009

San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres announced today that manager Bud Black, bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, pitching coach Darren Balsley, third base coach Glenn Hoffman and first base coach Rick Renteria will all return for the 2009 season. The club also announced the contract of bench coach Craig Colbert would not be renewed for the 2009 campaign.

"We have the confidence and trust in Buddy to lead the club back to our winning ways," said Towers. "When we hired him before the 2007 season, the most important element to us was to bring in a manager who would continue to grow with the Padres organization."

Colbert, 43, was named the Padres bench coach on November 21, 2006. He previously managed San Diego's Triple-A Portland affiliate for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, leading the Beavers to a 222-209 (.515) record during that span. Colbert began his managerial career in the Padres minor league system with Single-A Fort Wayne in 2000 and also managed at Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2001 and Double-A Mobile during the 2002-03 seasons. Overall, his teams posted a 522-463 (.530) record.

"Craig has been a valuable member of the Padres organization for many years," said Towers. "We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Colbert concluded his 13-year playing career as a player coach with San Diego's Triple-A club in Las Vegas in 1998. A catcher, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 20th round of the 1986 June Free Agent Draft. Colbert played in the Giants, Cleveland Indians and Padres organizations from 1986-98, including 72 Major League games with San Francisco over the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

"I am grateful to Kevin Towers and the Padres for the opportunities I have had in this organization," said Colbert. "I am very proud of my accomplishments as a player, coach and manager in my 14 years with the Padres organization."

San Diego will begin its search for a bench coach and hitting coach immediately.


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