Hot on the heels of the Dodgers firing hitting coach Eddie Murray last month and the Diamondbacks firing their hitting coach, Kevin Seitzer, the Padres have fired their hitting coach, Merv Rettenmund:
The San Diego Padres fired Merv Rettenmund as their hitting coach Tuesday and hired Wally Joyner to replace him.
This is the second straight season the Padres changed hitting coaches in midseason. They fired Dave Magadan on June 15, 2006, and replaced him with the popular Rettenmund. The Padres have one of the weakest offenses in the NL.
Rettenmund was also the Padres' hitting coach from 1991-99.