During the 1995 and 1996 campaigns, Kennedy served as the hitting coach for Seattle's Triple-A Tacoma affiliate. His previous coaching experience also includes serving as the roving catching instructor in the Montreal system (1994), and minor league field coordinator and roving catching instructor for the Cubs in 2000 and 2001. A four-time All-Star, Kennedy batted .264 in 14 Major League seasons with the Cardinals (1978-80), Padres (1981-86), Baltimore Orioles (1987-88) and San Francisco Giants (1989-91). He played in the 1984 World Series with San Diego and 1989 Fall Classic with San Francisco. In 1983, Kennedy received the Silver Slugger Award as the Major League's top-hitting catcher.
Franchuk, 64, takes over for Kennedy as hitting coach at San Antonio in his first season in the Padres organization. He previously served two seasons as minor league hitting coordinator in the Houston Astros system (2007-08) after spending four seasons in the same role for the Boston Red Sox (2003-06). A veteran of more than 30 years in professional baseball, he served as manager for Single-A Vancouver (2002), as roving hitting and catching coordinator (1998-2001) and as hitting coach for Triple-A Edmonton (1995-97) all in the Oakland Athletics organization. He spent seven seasons as a scout and hitting coach in the California Angels system (1988-94) and eight seasons as a scout for the Cincinnati Reds (1977-84). In addition, the Canada native was a coach for the Canadian National Team at the 1977, 1980 and 1981 World Baseball Championships.
Talk about this story on our subscriber-only message boards