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Padres hire Joyner to replace Rettenmund as hitting coach

Updated: August 1, 2007, 12:31 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The struggling San Diego Padres changed hitting coaches in midseason for the second straight year, firing Merv Rettenmund on Tuesday and replacing him with former first baseman Wally Joyner.

The popular Rettenmund, under contract through the 2008 season, took the blame for San Diego's anemic offense.

Going into Tuesday night's game against Arizona, the Padres were hitting .244, tied with the Chicago White Sox for the worst team batting average in the big leagues. Their ...

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