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Padres announce Alan Zinter as new hitting coach

Andy Green's former teammate will now be his new hitting coach.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

With the departure of hitting coach Mark Kotsay, who has taken a bench coach position with the Oakland Athletics, new Padres skipper Andy Green will be bringing in another new guy to his coaching staff in 2016. Today we learned from Corey Brock that that new guy will be Alan Zinter.

Zinter spent last season with the Houston Astros as the assistant hitting coach to Dave Hudgens, under former Padres vice president of professional scouting, A.J. Hinch, who left the Padres to manage the Astros in 2015. Prior to joining Hinch's staff, Zinter coached in the minors starting in 2008 for the Arizona Diamondbacks at the rookie, high-A, and double-A levels. He was also the minor league hitting coordinator for the Cleveland Indians in 2012.

Zinter was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round (24th overall) in the 1989 Draft. Though he was drafted as a catcher, he eventually moved to first base where he spent most of his playing career, which involved big league stints with the Astros in 2002 and the Diamondbacks in 2004. Andy Green also happened to be on that 2004 team.

Scrolling through Twitter, it seems like Astros fans and media will miss Zinter, which is always a good sign for a new guy in the organization. And I like pulling for guys who seem like they've come a long way in their career and they're finally getting their big shot. He's like a Tim Stauffer type, and I love me some Tim Stauffer.