Padres fire hitting coach Phil Plantier

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San Diego has fired hitting coach Phil Plantier after three seasons on the job, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.

This year the Padres scored the fewest runs in baseball, by far, as they totaled 535 runs and the second-to-last Braves scored 573.

Pitcher-friendly Petco Park plays a huge part in the Padres’ poor offensive totals each season and in some past years they’ve produced solid numbers on the road within bad overall numbers. However, this year they ranked 29th in road scoring while hitting .222 with a .621 OPS away from San Diego.

Since moving to Petco Park in 2004 the Padres have never scored an above-average number of runs and have ranked 12th or worse among NL teams in eight of 11 seasons. It’s possible that Plantier did a bad job and deserved to be let go, but so far no one has been able to get the Padres to score runs at their home ballpark.