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Matt Stairs will rejoin his B.J. Upton Authentic Jersey former team as its new hitting coach. After one season serving in the same role in Philadelphia, Stairs is set to join the Padres' staff, according to sources.
The club has not yet confirmed the move.
The Padres also made some tweaks to the rest of their coaching staff, moving Johnny Washington from first-base coach to assistant hitting coach, the role filled by Jonathan Mathews last year. Mathews will be reassigned as a coach within the Minor League system.
That, of course, leaves a Bo Schultz Authentic Jersey vacancy in the first-base coaches' box. According to a team source, the Padres have an internal candidate in mind and expect it to be filled quickly.
Stairs, who spent 19 seasons in the Majors as an outfielder, played for San Diego in 2010. He was a useful pinch-hitting piece on the team that went 90-72 and missed the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.
He takes over for Alan Zinter, Brayden Bouchey Authentic Jersey who was relieved of his duties on Sept. 1 after two seasons with the club -- a stretch in which the Padres ranked last in baseball in runs, average and on-base percentage.
The last one is something of a sticking point with the Padres. Manager Andy Green and general manager A.J. Preller have spoken repeatedly about the need to work more walks and reach base more frequently. Since the duo arrived, OBP has been strongly re-emphasized at the Minor League level, but it has yet to pay dividends with the big league club.
As for Stairs, he helped a Chris Smith Authentic Jersey similarly young Phillies squad make strides in 2017 -- including a 10-point jump in average and a 14-point jump in on-base percentage. In Philadelphia, he was especially well-regarded for his work with youngsters like Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr and Jorge Alfaro.
"Of all the factors, that was the No. 1 thing," said one Padres team official, regarding Stairs' work with young hitters. "We have a very similar circumstance here."
Stairs is presented with a new challenge in San Diego, where Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot and Austin Hedges all played their first full season in 2017. All three have room to grow at the plate -- specifically in regards to their on-base percentage. Plus, Stairs will be tasked with helping Wil Myers put a shaky '17 season in the rearview mirror.