LAKE ELSINORE, CA - The San Diego Padres announced today the 2017 field staffs for their Minor League affiliates, naming Edwin Rodriguez, Raul Padron and Glendon Rusch as manager, hitting coach and pitching coach, respectively, for the Lake Elsinore Storm .
Rodriguez, 56, will skipper the Storm in his first season with the Padres organization after spending three years in the Cleveland Indians system, where he managed the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2016. His most notable coaching positions were with the Florida Marlins, managing the club to a 78-85 record over parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and as manager for the Puerto Rican National Team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He lead his home country's team to a silver medal finish, downing Japan in the semifinals before falling to the Dominican Republic in the championship game. The Ponce, Puerto Rico native has previously managed five other Minor League teams. Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Rodriguez played three MLB seasons for the New York Yankees (1982) and in San Diego (1983, 85) as part of a seven-year professional playing career. Rodriguez is the 15th manager in Storm history.
Padron, 32, will dock on the shores of Lake Elsinore for his first season with the Storm and second with the Padres. Last year he served as a coach for Low-A Fort Wayne after concluding an 11-year professional baseball career that began in 2004 with the Oakland Athletics. Hailing from Los Teques in the state of Miranda, Venezuela, Padron once played in the California League as a member of the Stockton Ports (2007-09). He also spent nine seasons playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for Caracas (seven seasons), Lara and La Guaira (one season each).
Rusch, 42, returns to The Diamond as pitching coach for the upcoming season after serving as pitching coach in 2015 and 2016. A two-sport star at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, WA, Rusch was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1993. He made his big league debut in 1997 and went on to play parts of 12 seasons with six teams in the Major Leagues, including a brief stint with the Padres in 2008. After ending his playing career in 2009 with over 1,000 strikeouts, the southpaw founded the Full Count Baseball Academy for young athletes in Southern California.
Rodriguez, Padron, and Rusch will be joined by coach Freddy Flores, last year's Storm athletic trainer Ricky Huerta and strength coach Drew Heithoff, who will be making his California League debut.
The 24th season of Storm Baseball - and 17th as the Padres' California League affiliate - kicks off with Opening Night on Thursday, April 6. For more information, log on to stormbaseball.com or connect with the club on Facebook, Twitter (@Storm_Baseball) and Instagram (@LakeElsinoreStorm).