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.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Opening 2018 World Series Odds The 2018 World Series opening odds have been released. Who is favored, who is the biggest challenger, and who is also in the mix?
Thumbnail Astros vs. Dodgers Pick Are the Houston Astros going to clinch their first-ever World Series title Wednesday night in Game 7 with an upset win at the Los Angeles Dodgers? Game time is...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Dodgers Pick Can the Houston Astros clinch their first-ever World Series title Tuesday night in Game 6 at the Los Angeles...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Astros Pick Are the Los Angeles Dodgers going to ride Clayton Kershaw to a victory over the host Houston Astros in a pivotal Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night? First pitch is at...
Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Astros Pick Are the Houston Astros going to win a third straight game over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series? First pitch is at...

MLB Team Pages