Roberts named Bench Coach; Valentín to man First Base
Following the Chicago Cubs announcement naming Rick Renteria as their new field Manager, the Padres had a vacancy for the position of Bench Coach. Replacing the old bench coach seemed like a strange task since Renteria had been a part of the Padres organization since becoming a hitting coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm back in 2003.
Rick had served as a part of the Padres coaching staff since 2008, and took the position of Bench Coach at start of the 2011 season, so his familiarity with the Padres organization was looked at as a gift and advantage to the team going forward. So who would replace the ten-year coaching Veteran for the Padres? They may need to call in a doctor for this, a “Doc” if you will.
The Padres officially announced today that First Base Coach Dave Roberts was promoted to the position as Bench Coach. Oddly enough, Roberts replaced Renteria at the First Base Coach position back in 2010 after Renteria was promoted to Bench Coach. Roberts is no stranger to the Padres organization either, having played as an outfielder from 2005-2006, and then as a Baseball Operations Special Assistant in 2010.
During Roberts’ tenure as a baserunning coach, the Padres have recorded a Major League leading 443 stolen bases.
With one vacancy being filled in Bench Coach, the First Base Coaching position now became open with Roberts’ promotion. As such, The Padres also announced that Fort Wayne Tin Caps Manager José Valentín would replace Roberts at first base. Valentín joined the Padres organization in 2012 as the Manager of the Tin Caps.
During the last two seasons under Valentín’s management, the Tin Caps reached the Midwest League Playoffs both times in 2012 and 2013.
As far as free agency and player management goes, not much has been reported on the Padres front yet, but the announcement of a few staff positions being filled up is good news for Padres fans. The wisdom that Roberts will bring to the dugout, as well as Valentín’s leadership on the field, will certainly help the Friars going forward.