Padres, new general manager Hoyer try to keep player development staff intact

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After hiring Jed Hoyer as their new general manager earlier this week the Padres fired vice president for scouting and player development Grady Fuson and reassigned scouting director Bill Gayton.
Those are two of the front office’s most important positions and it’s understandable that Hoyer would want to fill them with his own choices, but he stopped well short of a complete overhaul yesterday by offering 2010 contracts to all of the Padres’ amateur scouts, cross-checkers, and minor-league instructors, managers, and coaches.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune notes that those contracts cover a total of about 70 positions representing the backbone of the Padres’ player-development system. “I’m not sure everyone will return, some might take jobs elsewhere, but we’ve offered them all contracts for 2010,” Hoyer said.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.