FORT WAYNE (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The San Diego Padres on Tuesday announced an all-new coaching staff for
the TinCaps in 2011 with Shawn Wooten as manager, Willie Blair as pitching coach, and Korey DeHaan as hitting coach
Wooten, 38, makes his managerial debut after serving as the hitting coach with Short-A Eugene last season. As a player, he was part of the Anaheim Angels’ World Championship team in 2002 when he posted a .474 postseason batting average. Wooten was a career .272 hitter in a major league career which spanned parts of six seasons with the Angels (2000-03), Phillies (2004) and
Red Sox (2005).
Blair, 44, makes his first foray into coaching in affiliated baseball. Last year he was the pitching coach for the Joliet (Ill.) Jackhammers of the independent Northern League. A right-handed pitcher, Blair went 60-86 in a major-league career that stretched across parts of 12 seasons with
eight different teams.
DeHaan, 34, joins the TinCaps after coaching the hitters for the Arizona Rookie League Padres last year. He started his coaching career in 2009 with the Chico (Calif.) Outlaws of the independent Golden League. DeHaan opened that year as the hitting coach and was promoted to the manager’s post at mid-season. He played 102 games in the major leagues for San Diego between 2000 and
2002 as an outfielder.
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