Aaron Gleeman

Padres hire Alan Zinter as hitting coach

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Hitting coach for a team that plays half its games at Petco Park is a rough gig and the Padres have churned through a lot of them over the years. Alan Zinter will be the latest to take a crack at the job, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.

Zinter spent this past season as the Astros’ assistant hitting coach and previously served as the Indians’ minor-league hitting coordinator. He was also teammates with new Padres manager Andy Green a decade ago during a 19-year playing career spent mostly in the minors.

San Diego’s hitting coach this year, Mark Kotsay, parted ways with the team and recently joined Oakland’s staff as bench coach.