SAN DIEGO (AP) -The San Diego Padres fired Merv Rettenmund as their hitting coach Tuesday and hired Wally Joyner to replace him.
This is the second straight season the Padres changed hitting coaches in midseason. They fired Dave Magadan on June 15, 2006, and replaced him with the popular Rettenmund. The Padres have one of the weakest offenses in the NL.
Rettenmund also was the Padres' hitting coach from 1991-1999.
Joyner served as the Padres' minor league hitting instructor in 2003 and as a special instructor during spring training from 2004-2007. He was a special assistant to general manager Kevin Towers in 2002.
Joyner played parts of 16 big league seasons with the Angels, Royals, Padres and Braves.
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