Padres Announce 2021 Major League Coaching Staff

Santokumar
7 min readJan 30, 2021

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres today announced the members of manager Jayce Tingler’s coaching staff for the 2021 campaign. Bobby Dickerson, who served as bench coach for the Padres in 2020, will return as bench coach/third base coach in 2021, replacing Glenn Hoffman, who retired last November after 45 years in professional baseball. Associate manager Skip Schumaker, hitting coach Damion Easley, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, first base coach Wayne Kirby, bullpen coach Ben Fritz, catching and quality control coach Rod Barajas, Major League advance scout/development coach Ryan Flaherty, Major League development coordinator Keith Werman, and bullpen catcher/coaching assistant Peter Summerville will all return in their respective roles for the 2021 season.

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Dickerson, 55, enters his second season with the Padres organization as bench coach, and he will add third base coach to his duties for the 2021 campaign. The Laurel, Miss. native, who also focuses on infield instruction, was named 2020 Major League Coach of the Year by Baseball America. Dickerson spent 2019 as the infield coach for the Philadelphia Phillies after serving six seasons (2013–18) as third base coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He also spent three years (2010–12) on the Orioles’ player development staff as infield coordinator and interim manager for Norfolk (AAA). He worked eight years in the Chicago Cubs minor league system as manager for Iowa (AAA, 2006 and ‘09), minor league infield/bunting coordinator (2006–08) and manager for West Tennessee (AA, 2002–05). Dickerson was on the Arizona Diamondbacks player development staff for four years as the minor league infield instructor (2001), manager for El Paso (AA, 2000), minor league field coordinator (1999) and infield coordinator (1998). He began his coaching career on Baltimore’s player development staff, working his first five years as a player/coach for Rochester (AAA, 1993), minor league infield instructor (1994–97) and manager for Bluefield (R, 1996–97). He also managed Aguilas de Mexicali of the Mexican Winter League in 2009–10 and 2019 as well as Cibao of the Dominican Winter League following the 2016 season, and Mesa in the 2002 Arizona Fall League. Originally selected by the New York Yankees in the 23rd round of the 1987 First-Year Player Draft, he played seven minor league seasons as an infielder with the Yankees and Orioles.

Schumaker, 40, returns for his fourth season on the Major League coaching staff, his sixth year with the Padres organization and second as associate manager. He previously served as an assistant to baseball operations and player development after joining San Diego’s front office in 2016. The former outfielder and second baseman played 11 Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2005–12), Los Angeles Dodgers (2013) and Cincinnati Reds (2014–15). A two-time World Series Champion with the Cardinals (2006, ‘11), Schumaker hit a combined .278 (905-for-3252) with 169 doubles, 13 triples, 28 home runs, 284 RBI and 416 runs scored in 1,149 career games.

Easley, 51, enters his 10th season with the Padres organization, third as a coach at the Major League level and second as hitting coach. He spent his previous seven seasons with the Padres in Peoria, Ariz., holding the title of rehab hitting coach from 2015–18. The former All-Star infielder hit .253 (1386-for-5484) over parts of 17 Major League seasons, compiling 287 doubles, 27 triples, 163 home runs, 684 RBI, 735 runs scored and 114 stolen bases in 1,706 career games between the California Angels (1992–96), Tigers (1996–2002), Devil Rays (2003), Marlins (2004–05), Diamondbacks (2006) and Mets (2007–08). Easley was originally selected in the 30th round by the Angels in the 1988 First-Year Player Draft. Born in New York, NY, he graduated from Lakewood (CA) High School in 1987 and played baseball at Long Beach (CA) City College from 1987–88. Easley was named to the All-South Coast Community College Conference and All-Southern California first teams, and he was also his club’s Most Valuable Player and a second-team All-State selection.

Rothschild, 66, returns to the Padres organization for his second season as the club’s pitching coach, his 25th season as a pitching coach in the majors and his 47th year in professional baseball as a player, coach or manager. Rothschild spent nine seasons (2011–19) as pitching coach for the New York Yankees. During his tenure with New York, the Yankees led the American League in wins (826) and strikeouts (12,364), including a franchise record 1,634 strikeouts in 2018, the third-highest single-season mark in Major League history. Prior to New York, he spent nine seasons (2002–10) as the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach, where the Cubs led the majors in strikeouts in each of his first seven seasons. The Chicago, Ill. native was the first manager in Tampa Bay Devil Rays history (1998–2001) and won two World Series as a coach with the Cincinnati Reds (1990) and Florida Marlins (1997). Originally signed by the Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 1975, Rothschild pitched for 11 seasons (1975–1985) between the Reds and Detroit Tigers organizations, going 66–46 with 50 saves and a 3.96 ERA across 387 minor league appearances (80 starts). He made seven career Major League relief appearances with the Tigers in 1981 and ’82, recording a 5.40 ERA.

Kirby, 56, returns to the Padres organization for his second season as first base coach after spending eight seasons (2011–18) with Baltimore in the same role. In addition to his first base duties, Kirby will continue to focus on outfield and baserunning instruction. He spent five seasons (2006–10) with the Rangers as the organization’s outfield and baserunning coordinator and served as a hitting coach in the Cleveland Indians minor league system for four seasons (2002–05). Originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 1983 First-Year Player Draft, Kirby played professionally for 18 years, including parts of six seasons in the majors with the Cleveland Indians (1991–96), Dodgers (1996–97) and New York Mets (1998). The former outfielder hit .252 (302-for-1198) with 51 doubles, nine triples, 14 HR, 119 RBI and 183 runs scored in 516 career games. The Williamsburg, Va. native led all A.L. outfielders with 19 assists in 1993.

Fritz, 39, enters his seventh season in the Padres organization and second as bullpen coach at the Major League level. He served as coordinator of AZ/rehab over the previous two seasons (2018–19), manager for Single-A Tri-City in 2017 and spent the 2015–16 seasons with the club’s Rookie-Level affiliate in Peoria. He was selected in the first-round (30th overall) of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics, and pitched seven professional seasons between the A’s (2002–07) and Detroit Tigers (2009) organizations, as well as part of three seasons with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League (2008–10). Overall, the right-handed pitcher posted a career record of 45–61 with a 4.75 ERA in 192 minor league games (187 starts). The native of San Jose, Calif. played collegiately at Fresno State, where he was the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and a second-team All-American selection in 2001.

Barajas, 45, enters his eighth season in the Padres organization, his third as a coach for the Major League club and second as catching and quality control coach. Barajas served as manager for Triple-A El Paso from 2016–18, guiding the Chihuahuas to three consecutive Pacific Coast League division titles and a franchise-best 82–57 record in 2018. Prior to taking the helm of El Paso, Barajas spent the 2015 season as hitting coach for Single-A Lake Elsinore before taking over as manager of Double-A San Antonio that June. He began the 2014 campaign as manager of the organization’s Rookie-Level affiliate in Peoria, Ariz. and finished the season with Lake Elsinore as hitting coach. Barajas joined the Padres organization after a 17-year playing career, including parts of 14 Major League seasons with the Diamondbacks (1999–2003), Rangers (2004–06), Phillies (2007), Toronto Blue Jays (2008–09), Mets (2010), Dodgers (2010–11) and Pirates (2012). The former catcher hit .235 (812-for-3460) with 187 doubles, one triple, 136 HR, 480 RBI and 396 runs scored in 1,114 career games. Originally signed by Arizona as a minor league free agent in 1996, he made his big-league debut for the Diamondbacks in 1999 and was a member of the 2001 World Series Championship team. A native of Ontario, Calif., Barajas played for Team Mexico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and while with Toronto, was honored as the Blue Jays’ nominee for the 2009 Heart and Hustle Award.

Flaherty, 34, returns for his second season as Major League advance scout/development coach after an eight-year MLB playing career with Baltimore (2012–17), Atlanta (2018) and Cleveland (2019). After attending Vanderbilt University, where was a 2007 Second-Team All American selection by the American Baseball Association and Rivals.com, he played in 547 Major League games (360 starts) and appeared in 13 postseason games, hitting .265 with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored.

Werman, 31, returns for his fourth season as Major League development coordinator. The University of Virginia alum joined the Major League staff in 2018 after serving as the third base coach for Triple-A El Paso in 2017. He helped the Cavaliers reach the College World Series in 2009 and 2011, while leading the nation in sacrifice bunts with 27 in 2011 and 28 in 2012.

Summerville, 29, returns for his third season as bullpen catcher/coaching assistant. Summerville played all four years collegiately at Santa Clara University, was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a minor league free agent in 2016 and spent two seasons (2017–18) with the Dodgers as a development coach.

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