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• Named the Padres hitting coach on Nov. 11, 2011, he enters his third season as hitting coach and fourth in the organization.

• Served as hitting coach and interim manager at Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2011...helped lead the Storm to their first California League championship since 2001 as the team scored 828 runs to rank second among all Single-A clubs.

• Prior to joining the Padres, served as hitting coach and manager at the Double-A level as well as one season as hitting coordinator in the Seattle Mariners' organization.

• Originally signed as an 11th-round pick in the 1987 First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox, he hit .243 (457-for-1,883) with 90 doubles, three triples, 91 home runs, 292 RBI and 260 runs scored in 610 games over parts of eight Major League seasons.

• His 91 home runs are the record for any player born in the state of New Hampshire.

• Played with the Red Sox (1990-92), Padres (1993-94, 97), Houston Astros (1995), Oakland A's (1996) and St. Louis Cardinals (1997).

• Had his best season for San Diego in 1993, hitting .240 (111-for-462) with 34 home runs, 20 doubles, 100 RBI and 67 runs scored en route to being named the club's MVP.

• Full name is Phillip Alan Plantier...he and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Ryan and Tyler, and a daughter, Emily.

• Since the end of his playing career, earned a bachelor's degree in social science from California State University San Marcos.

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