Matt Stairs, the well-traveled and longtime slugger, is the “strong favorite” to land the San Diego Padres hitting coach job, sources tell FanRag Sports. Stairs spent the 2017 season in the same role for the Philadelphia Phillies. Stairs, who made a career as the best pinch-hitter in baseball, retired in August 2011 after a one-year stint with the Washington Nationals. Signed as international free agent by the Montreal Expos back in 1989, he then made his major league debut three years later. Stairs played for a remarkable 13 teams during a career that spanned nearly two decades, and ended with him holding the record for most pinch-hit homers in big league history with 23. He played for the Padres in 2010, setting the record by belting his 21st home run as a pinch-hitter on August 21.