Padres name Alonzo Powell assistant hitting coach

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced that they have named Alonzo Powell assistant hitting coach, working under Phil Plantier on Bud Black’s Major League coaching staff. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.

“We are excited about Alonzo coming on board to be part of our staff,” said Black. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience as a player and coach. In this new role working with Phil, I believe they will bring the best out of our hitters.”

Powell, 46, is joining a Major League staff for the second time in his career, having served as interim hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners during part of the 2010 season. A baseball veteran, he has 10 years of coaching experience following a 19-year playing career in the United States and Japan.

Upon the conclusion of his playing career, Powell began coaching in the Reds’ organization, where he served as hitting coach for Double-A Chattanooga (2002-03) and as manager (2004-05) and hitting coach (2006) for Single-A Dayton. He joined the Mariners in 2007 as minor league hitting coordinator before moving to hitting coach for Triple-A Tacoma from 2008-11.

The former outfielder enjoyed a 19-year playing career that included stints in the Montreal, Minnesota, Seattle, Toronto, New York (AL) and Colorado systems, as well as parts of seven seasons with the Chunichi Dragons (1992-97) and Hanshin Tigers (1998) in Japan. While with the Tigers, he became the first American player to win three consecutive batting championships (1994-96) and was also named to five All-Star teams and received two Gold Gloves. Prior to his time in Japan, Powell reached the Majors with the Expos (1987) and Mariners (1991).