SAN DIEGO (AP) — In an almost annual exercise Harold Baines Jersey , the San Diego Padres are searching for a new hitting coach after Matt Stairs was fired Tuesday following just one year on the job.The rebuilding Padres continued to rank at or near the bottom of the majors in key offensive stats under Stairs.His replacement will be the Padres’ 10th hitting coach since Petco Park opened in 2004.While saying that he felt Stairs did a good job with mostly younger players, general manager A.J. Preller said he and manager Andy Green decided that the team needed a different approach. The team is expected to promote someone from within the organization.“We’re wanting a different message, a different voice,” Preller said. “We have some other guys in mind who have real upside. I’m pretty realistic that it was a younger roster, with developing players. From a performance standpoint we didn’t have tons of guys who improved. It’s not like the entire team overachieved. We did have some improvement, but at the end of the day, sitting down with Andy and talking about it, we thought maybe a different voice, a different connection point will hopefully lead to better performance.”Stairs was hired last offseason to replace Alan Zinter, who was fired on Sept. 1, 2017. Green said then that the team needed “a different voice” to tutor the batters.Possible replacements include assistant hitting coach Johnny Washington and Morgan Burkhart, the hitting coach at Triple-A El Paso.The Padres also fired infield coach Josh Johnson on Tuesday.The Padres were last in the majors in on-base percentage at .297 Chris Sale Jersey , tied for second-to-last with a .235 batting average and tied for third-to-last with a .380 slugging percentage. They had the second-most strikeouts, 1,523, or 9.4 per game.Stairs spent the 2017 season as the hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, his first professional coaching position. He played parts of 19 seasons in the major leagues with 12 different franchises, including the Padres in 2010.The Padres expected to be better this year than their 71-91 finish in 2017 but were last in the NL West at 66-96. There are a number of intriguing players becoming available via free agency who could improve the Rockies lineup"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockpileWill the Rockies sign a free agent outfielder to help their anemic offense?New,71commentsRockies news and links for Sunday, December 2, 2018ByNick [email protected], 2018,6:00am MSTShareTweetShareShareWill the Rockies sign a free agent outfielder to help their anemic offense?Colorado Rockies: Could Andrew McCutchen be a fit for the outfield? | Rox PileIn this rumor-fueled hot stove article, Rox Pile’s Noah Yingling gives his thoughts on the recent speculation from Mike Petriello that the Rockies would be a top-5 landing spot for former MVP and five time All-Star Andrew McCutchen. Noah recognizes how Andrew would help the Rockies offensively Rusney Castillo Jersey , coming off a 120 wRC+ season, but suggests he might not be a great fit overall due to his potential defensive struggles in expansive Coors Field.Personally, I would love to see McCutchen play for the Rockies. Off the field, there is nothing to dislike about the guy. He can play center field if the Rockies decide to move Blackmon to a corner, or right field if Dahl is up the middle. The biggest problem, as Noah point out, might just be that having McCutchen in the outfield means Ian Desmond is more committed to playing first base regularly again... and we all know how that is going.Should Colorado Rockies target Billy Hamilton for the outfield? | Rox PileIf speed and defense are more your style, Kevin Henry has the low-down on how recently non-tendered free agent and ultimate speed demon Billy Hamilton might fit with the Rockies. Yes, it would be a spectacular sight to see Billy roaming the outfield at Coors, chasing down fly balls and leaping into the Bridich Barrier to rob opposing hitters of extra bases. He would also add a speed threat to the club that hasn’t been seen since the days of Willy Taveras or Juan Pierre—a level of excitement that has been missing for seasons.However, like McCutchen, Hamilton has his flaws that ultimately won’t work out for the Rockies. Since he became a consistent starter for the Reds in 2014 Brock Holt Jersey , he hasn’t posted a season with a wRC+ over 79 while his OBP has hovered at or below .300—not exactly the offensive upgrade we’ve all been hoping for. So if speed is your thing, it might just be best to root for more opportunities and a breakout year for Raimel Tapia.Colorado Rockies: Sam Howard move setting stage for free agent? | Rox PileAnd lastly, in a busy day from Rox Pile, Kevin Henry asks a very good question about the Rockies latest roster move: does non-tendering Sam Howard—and consequently opening a spot on the 40-man roster—mean the Rockies plan on targeting a free agent in the coming days or weeks?Maybe it’s Andrew McCutchen, maybe it’s Billy Hamilton, or maybe it’s a catcher, first baseman, or God of Thunder. Whoever it may be, the Winter Meetings are approaching quickly and Jeff Bridich has said he wants to add another offensive weapon to the lineup. Regardless, one thing I expect to be true this offseason: it will be a lot of fun.鈽? hile I have you here—oh, hey, look at that. 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