Padres' Tejada hits 300th career home run
Shortstop becomes 22nd active player to reach plateau
LOS ANGELES -- Padres shortstop Miguel Tejada hit his 300th career home run in the third inning of San Diego's 3-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Tejada's go-ahead, two-run shot came off Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly. It stood as the winning margin, helping to move the Padres back into first place by a half-game in the National League West.
"I'm pretty happy in this situation," said Tejada, who became the 22nd active player to reach the 300-home run plateau and 129th player overall to reach the milestone. "I'm not a home run hitter. I just go and swing and try to hit the ball hard. I'm more happy not with the 300, but that the 300th got the win. This is a great night for the Padres."
The home run was the eighth for Tejada since he joined the Padres on July 29 in a trade with the Orioles. He hit seven home runs in 97 games with the Orioles.
Tejada has hit his eight home runs with the Padres in 48 games, including his first home run with San Diego on Aug. 3 against Lilly at Dodger Stadium.
Padres coaches could get shot to manage
LOS ANGELES -- Three members of Padres manager Bud Black's coaching staff could be in line for, at the very least, interviews this offseason for a handful of Major League managerial openings.
San Diego bench coach Ted Simmons, first-base coach Rick Renteria and hitting coach Randy Ready could potentially be in line for interviews for openings in Seattle, Atlanta, Florida and other teams that might be looking for a new manager in 2011.
Black couldn't be happier about it.
"I hope they do," Black said. "We have a lot of guys who are qualified and equipped to be managers."
Renteria, who handles baserunning and outfielders for the Padres at the Major League level, is highly thoughts of in the industry. Ready has interviewed for openings in Seattle and Houston the past two winters and Simmons, well, he's had just about every other job in baseball and wants to manage.
"I've done everything but manage," Simmons said. "This is my third year as the bench coach [second with San Diego] and after three years, either you do it [manage] or forget about it."
Simmons, who was an eight-time All-Star catcher, said he'll let the regular season finish before he pays to much attention to where vacancies might be.
"If you're serious about managing ... it doesn't matter where you do it," Simmons said.
Gwynn vows to stay true to his hitting style
LOS ANGELES -- Last offseason, Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn decided to try to hit with more power, focusing on driving the ball instead of doing what had worked well for him in the Minor Leagues.
"I was trying to go out and drive the ball and do stuff that wasn't a strong suit for me," Gwynn said Wednesday. "You are what you are. And there's nothing wrong with just being an on-base [percentage] guy, hitting the ball consistently.
"This season, I got away from what I was good at."
Gwynn, who has been limited in recent weeks after having surgery to repair a fractured hamate bone in his right hand, is hitting .211 in 280 at-bats. Last season, he hit .270. He is also a career .275 hitter in the Minor Leagues with a .349 on-base percentage.
Gwynn accepted responsibility for getting away from being the kind of hitter that he has always been. He had success last season and wanted to expand on that. That backfired as he never got in good offensive rhythm due to the fact that he tried to be something that he wasn't.
"My swing has never been longer in my career than it was this season," said Gwynn, the son of the Hall of Fame outfielder by the same name.
Gwynn missed 23 games while on the disabled list from Aug. 19-Sept. 13 but used that time to pick the brain of several hitters on the team, like veteran Matt Stairs.
"Anyone who was willing to talk to me, I listened," Gwynn said. "I was still able to get something from that time."
Padres outfield prospect to test infield
LOS ANGELES -- Padres outfield prospect Daniel Robertson, who hit .300 this past season for Class A Lake Elsinore, is giving the infield a shot during instructional league in Arizona this month.
Randy Smith, the Padres' director of player development, said the organization is looking at Robertson, who was drafted in the 33rd round out of Oregon State in 2008, in the infield to "increase his value by creating versatility."
Robertson, a midseason All-Star with Lake Elsinore, hit .300 this season with six home runs, 61 RBIs, 30 steals and had a .375 on-base percentage. He hit .377 for short-season Eugene in 2008 and .296 for Class A Fort Wayne in 2009.
Robertson would likely begin next season with Double-A San Antonio.