Padres expecting changes to staff for 2011
Roberts added as San Diego's first-base coach
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will have a new face on their coaching staff next season, with the possibility of more changes yet to come.
San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday that coach Rick Renteria will be the bench coach in 2010, though the team has granted the Toronto Blue Jays permission to interview Renteria for their managerial opening.
Renteria, who was the first-base coach, will likely interview next week for the Blue Jays opening.
Dave Roberts, who was a special assistant this past season, will be the Padres' first-base coach in 2011. Glenn Hoffman will return as third base coach.
"Dave brings a passion for the game. I saw a great teacher in Dave, and someone with a lot of enthusiasm," Padres manager Bud Black said Wednesday. "He'll bring expertise as far as baserunning, base stealing and outfield play. I've really enjoyed working with him."
"It's exciting ... getting the opportunity to be back in the clubhouse and work side by side with Buddy Black and the rest of the staff," Roberts said. "I'm excited to be more hands-on.
"I had a three-year plan after my playing career ended that I was going to learn this game from the other side [front office] and see a different side of things. This is something I've always dreamt about, getting back on the field. I couldn't pass up this opportunity."
Roberts, a first-year special assistant with the team and a former Padres outfielder, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in March. He has completed chemotherapy and radiation.
"Going forward, it's going to be twice or three times a year, getting scans to make sure things are the way they're supposed to me," Roberts said. "But looking back at it ... when I felt my best was when I was with the guys and around the ballpark."
Roberts and Renteria worked extensively with the Padres outfielders in Spring Training and on pushing an aggressive baserunning tack that the Padres took into the regular season.
Ted Simmons, the bench coach the past two seasons, said in September that he wouldn't be back next season. Simmons said he will pursue a Major League managerial opening this winter.
The remainder of the Padres coaches, pitching coach Darren Balsley, hitting coach Randy Ready and bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds are expected to return. Ready, like Simmons and Renteria, figures to be considered for an interview for a Major League manager job.