Patterson leaves Yankees to become A's minor league pitching coordinator

On Monday, it was revealed that Gil Patterson, the New York Yankees' minor league pitching coordinator, was leaving his post.According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Patterson is heading back West to join the Oakland Athletics. Patterson had been the Yankees' minor league coordinator since taking over the role in 2012...which came after a tenure in Oakland with...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

A's hire Mark Kotsay as bench coach on Bob Melvin's staff

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former outfielder Mark Kotsay has aspirations to be a manager one day, and he'll get an up-close glimpse at the job next season as bench coach with his former Oakland team. Back in the Bay Area he loves calling home, even if he has put down roots in San Diego. The Athletics announced Thursday that Kotsay is rejoining the organization on manager Bob Melvin...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

A's name Mark Kotsay bench coach on Bob Melvin's staff

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former player Mark Kotsay is rejoining the Oakland Athletics as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff. The A's announced the hiring of Kotsay on Thursday. In a 17-year big league career, Kotsay spent the 2004-07 seasons with the A's. Kotsay, who turns 40 next month, was San Diego's hitting coach last season in his first job as a professional coach. Mike...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

A's make it official, bring Kotsay on as bench coach

On Thursday, the Oakland Athletics announced that they have reunited with a fan favorite: 39-year-old former outfielder Mark Kotsay has joined the club as Bob Melvin's bench coach. Earlier in the week it was revealed that the team planned to interview Kotsay for the position, and as it turns out that's exactly what happened. As for previous bench coach Mike Aldrete, the A's announced...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: A's interviewing Kotsay for bench coach role

Gritty outfielder Mark Kotsay had a 17-year career that ended after 2013, with four of them coming as a member of the Oakland Athletics. With the A's looking for some changes in order to bounce back from a dismal 68-94 season in 2015, they recently obtained permission to interview Kotsay for a potential role as Bob Melvin's bench coach. It's expected that they will interview Kotsay...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres Retain Pitching Coach Darren Balsley

Source: Darren Balsley to return as pitching coach of the #Padres. Has been with team since 2003. Contract of all coaches expired Saturday. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) November 1, 2015 It is being reported by Corey Brock of that the San Diego Padres have retained the services of Darren Balsley for the 2016 season and beyond. His contract had expired on Saturday,...
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November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Gabe Kapler: Darkhorse Manager Candidate

Looking for some thoughts on people likely being considered for the Padres managerial job? Check out Ghost’s whack-a-manager series, as he’s already run down four different candidates this week: Alex Cora, Ron Gardenhire, Andy Green, and Mark Kotsay. Looking for some thoughts on Gabe Kapler? Stick around. Kapler has an interesting story. He was a player, of course, and one...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Whack-a-Manager: Mark Kotsay

After letting Pat Murphy know he would not be getting the job, the search began for a new manager of the San Diego Padres. Sources are telling us who is being interviewed for the position, so let’s take a closer look. It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager with Mark Kotsay! Kotsay was drafted by the Florida (now Miami) Marlins with the ninth pick of the 1996 draft out of Cal State...
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October 22, 2015  |  Discuss


The San Diego Padres ended their 2015 season by telling interim manager Pat Murphy he would not be returning as full-time manager in 2016. And they waited slightly more than an hour after the last out of the season to tell him. There has been plenty of speculation already on who the Padres are going to hire for the manager’s job. Most of it is just that, speculation. There aren’t...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Episode 5,972, In Which I Get Oddly Sentimental Over Shane Victorino Leaving the Red Sox

Baseball is a temporary thing. It only sticks around for the warm months, and the players come and go like a revolving door. Gabe Kapler becomes Matt Clement becomes Mark Kotsay becomes Erik Bedard and numbers get shuffled and faces change and before you realize it, we’re all just rooting for laundry as Jerry Seinfeld would say. But watching Shane Victorino break down during...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Rewind: Bobby Jones Shuts Down Dodgers

Thirteen years ago today, the Padres beat the Dodgers, 8-0, at Qualcomm Stadium. The victory improved San Diego’s record to 43-58 and pulled them to within 4 ½ games of the fourth-place Colorado Rockies. It was epic. Also epic: Bobby Jones. The Padres employed two pitchers with that name. This is the right-hander from Fresno, not the left-hander from New Jersey (though they sometimes...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

BP San Diego: Should Kots Stay or Should He Go? by Geoff Young

It`s only 18 months into his tenure, but things haven`t gone according to plan for Mark Kotsay
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The White Sox Ten Stupidest Decisions Ever

The White Sox have been around for a long time. There have been successes and failures. Bad seasons and bad luck happen. But what are the flat out dumbest things that the team has ever done? #1: The Adam Dunn Contract The White Sox had been struggling in the designated hitter department ever since Jim Thome was traded. Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay had little success. The Sox finished...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres hire former outfielder Mark Kotsay as hitting coach

  Recently retired big leaguer Mark Kotsay was hired Monday as hitting coach of the San Diego Padres, a job with precious little security. Kotsay is the seventh person to hold the job since spacious Petco Park opened in 2004. By comparison, the Padres have had only two managers since then, Bruce Bochy and Bud Black. Kotsay replaces Phil Plantier, who was fired after the end of last...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres hire Mark Kotsay as hitting coach

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have hired former big leaguer Mark Kotsay as their hitting coach, making him the seventh person to hold the job since Petco Park opened in 2004. Kotsay replaces Phil Plantier, who was fired after the end of last season, when the Padres' offense was abysmal. It will be the first professional coaching job for Kotsay, who turns 39 on Tuesday. After...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Kotsay Hired As Padres Hitting Coach

The San Diego Padres have hired Mark Kotsay as hitting coach, according to’s Corey Brock. Kotsay was previously a special assistant to the team’s General Manager. Kotsay replaces Phil Plantier, who was fired in October. This is Kotsay’s first professional coaching job. The Padres finished with a .226 team average, .292 on-base percentage and a .342 slugging percentage...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres name Mark Kotsay hitting coach

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres announced today they have named Mark Kotsay hitting coach. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller and Manager Bud Black made the announcement. Kotsay, who will turn 39 years of age tomorrow, will assume his first professional coaching role. After retiring from his playing career following the 2013 season, he spent the 2014 season in...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Embracing the Possibility of Yasmany Tomas

If there’s one thing that the San Diego Padres have become synonymous with in recent years, it’s not the acquisition of high-priced free agents. In fact, when the Padres doled out a combined three years and $23.5 million to pitchers Joaquin Benoit and Josh Johnson last offseason – a paltry sum in today’s market – it represented a relative spending outburst in San Diego...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Bobblehead Mega Post!!

Here it is. All of the Padres bobbleheads, that I own, in one single post. 57 different Padres, Beavers, Quakes, Storm, Wizards, managers, announcers, mascots, dreamboats, skaters and sleepy voiced ex-owners. I’ve written in depth about many of these already, so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below and I’ll fill you in on them. Some Additional Notes...
Via Padres Public
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

“Marty, Set the DeLorean for Summer 2013.”

After Wednesday night’s walk-off win, I sat quietly with my beer, explaining to the near-empty bottle that what I was seeing was encouraging, but that I fully understood the 2014 Red Sox were down for the count, playing for nothing but pride or being the spoiler at this point, 10 games out and 11 games under .500. But then Thursday night’s walk-off win happened, starring none...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fill in with Blanks, signed X

Early yesterday afternoon the Padres announced the call-up of Kyle Blanks.  To make room for him, Xavier Nady was Designated for Assignment. Initially I couldn’t figure out why a team that dragged Mark Kotsay’s rotting carcass around for a full season would DFA X. But, Nady isn’t hitting (.135/.238/.405).  Why he isn’t hitting is harder to answer. He did get thrust into...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Padres preview: Friars need to avoid injuries, inconsistencies

SAN DIEGO PADRES 2013: 76-86, third in NL West Manager: Bud Black (eighth season) Key additions: Joaquin Benoit, Alex Torres, Josh Johnson, Seth Smith Key losses: Luke Gregerson, Logan Forsythe, Brad Boxberger, Mark Kotsay Offense: The Padres will need Chase Headley to return to his 2012 form, when he led the NL with 115 RBI and won a Silver Slugger award. After a dismal 2013 by...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Commercials? Padres Commercials!

A little over a year ago I wrote that The Padres Are Blowing it. That statement feels vague. I was speaking specifically about marketing the team to the casual fans of San Diego: Fortunately, I have a solution! The Padres need to take a portion of the windfall they received from Fox and start advertising the f*ck out of this team. I’m talking about commercials, people. The funny...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith an Upgrade in the OF for Friars

It looks like the Padres have made their “big splash” this winter in acquiring OF Seth Smith from Oakland in exchange for RP Luke Gregerson. Smith, 31, would appear to address the team’s stated desire to add a LH bat. Reactions have been mostly, meh, or negative to the trade from the Friars perspective and while I’m not awestruck I do see it as an incremental improvement...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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