The San Diego Padres have hired Mark Kotsay as hitting coach, according to MLB.com’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. All three ranked last in the National League.

Kotsay spent 17 years in the majors with seven teams, including five years with the Padres. He had a career .276 batting average with 127 home runs and 720 runs batted in.

Alonzo Powell will remain as the Padres assistant hitting coach, according to Brock.

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