Padres Announce Single-A Manager; Storm Staff
The San Diego Padres and California League Single-A Affiliate Lake Elsinore Storm unveiled their coaching staff for the 2015 season this afternoon, highlighting a core group of players-turned coaches with professional ball playing experience.
The biggest news came in the announcement of the Storm’s new skipper, Michael Collins. Collins, a former First Baseman and Catcher, played in the San Diego Padres minor league farm system from 2009-2010 after moving from the Angels Minor League organization, whom he played with from 2001-2009.
Collins most recently served as the Manager of the Fort Wayne Tincaps in Fort Wayne Indiana – another Single-A affiliate of the Padres in the MidWest League. Prior to his time with Fort Wayne, Collins served as a part of the coaching staff for the Canberra Cavalry in the Australian Baseball League. The departing manager of the Storm, Jamie Quirk, found a new position as skipper of the Double-A San Antonio Missions in Texas. Quirk, like Collins, also played as a catcher and enjoyed a long 18-year career in the majors.
Re-joining Collins will be former catcher Rod Barajas who will serve as the teams hitting coach. Barajas most recently played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, and is well known for his Game 5 Homerun in the 2001 World Series against the New York Yankees. Barajas closed out his career with a .235/.284/.407 line with 480 RBI and 136 homeruns. Prior to the 2014 season, Barajas served as the Manager of the Arizona League Padres and has been a part of the team’s coaching corps ever since.
Along with Barajas, another new comer in Glendon Rusch will begin his journey with Collins in Lake Elsinore. Rusch, a former pitcher and 12-year veteran, will serve as the Storm’s new pitching coach. Rusch played for the Padres in 2008, appearing in 12 games and posting a 4.78 ERA and 1-2 record. Rusch finished his career in Colorado, finishing out his career with a 67-99 record and 5.04 ERA with 1,088 Strikeouts.