New San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin rounded out his coaching staff with the addition of Matt Williams, former All-Star third baseman and manager of the Washington Nationals, and former manager Bryan Price. of the Cincinnati Reds.
Williams, best known for his 10 seasons with NL West rival the San Francisco Giants, will coach the third baseman. Price will be the primary advisor to the coaching staff.
Melvin, who was hired on Oct. 28 to replace the fired Jayce Tingler, announced his new staff on Monday. Pitching coach Ruben Niebla was hired by general manager AJ Preller days before the announcement of Melvin’s hiring.
Perhaps the most intriguing member of the team is hitting coach Michael Brdar, 27, who was San Francisco’s minor league hitting coordinator in 2021 and assistant hitting coordinator in 2020.
The rest of the staff includes bench coach Ryan Christenson; first base coach and outfield instructor David Macias; catch trainer Francisco Cervelli; and the catcher Herberto Andrade. Quality Control Coach Ryan Flaherty, Relief Box Coach Ben Fritz and Game Planning and Coaching Assistant Peter Summerville are back on staff.
Melvin takes over an exciting squad led by All-Stars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado who imploded down the home stretch, going from a one-game lead for the NL wildcard second place on September 9 to being eliminated from the playoffs. with eight games to play.
Williams has spent the last two seasons as manager of the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization. He was Melvin’s third baseman for the Oakland Athletics from 2018 to 2019. Williams led the Washington Nationals from 2014 to 2015, with a 179-145 record and was voted NL Manager of the Year in 2014.
Williams played 17 seasons in the major leagues with San Francisco, Cleveland and Arizona. He played in three World Series with three different teams and became the first player to hit at least one World Series circuit with three different clubs. He has been a five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award, and four-time Silver Slugger Award.
Price managed Cincinnati from 2014 to 2018, going from 279 to 387. He has coached pitchers for several teams, most notably under Melvin with Seattle and Arizona.
Melvin said Brdar “speaks the language that young hitters come in and speak now. On the hitting side, you have to be able to reach these guys and speak their language.
Melvin said he knew 20 minutes into their interview that he would hire Brdar. “He blew me away,” said the manager.
“If you’d told me three or four years ago that I would have a 27-year-old batting coach, I probably would have said no,” Melvin said. “But he’s so good, so knowledgeable… just a really, really smart kid.”
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