Padres hire Doug Bochtler as bullpen coach


A familiar face is back with the Padres, as Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the team has hired Doug Bochtler as bullpen coach.

Bochtler pitched six seasons in the majors, including three with the Padres. Originally drafted by the Expos, he was part of the trade which brought Andy Ashby and Brad Ausmus to the Padres in 1993 and later served as a set-up man on the 1996 team that won the NL West. A big part of his legacy is that he showed his changeup grip to Trevor Hoffman while they were in the minors. That worked out pretty well.

Bochtler has spent the last five seasons as a pitching coach in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system. He joins the staff of Andy Green, who was recently hired as the Padres new manager after also working for Arizona.