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Padres hire Mark Kotsay as hitting coach

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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 retiring from his playing career following the 2013 season, he spent last season as a special assistant to the Padres' general manager.

Kotsay played parts of 17 big league seasons with the Marlins, Padres, Athletics, Braves, Red Sox, White Sox and Brewers.

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