The Padres filled two staff vacancies Tuesday, promoting Willie Blair to the job as major league bullpen coach and adding Brett McCabe as strength and conditioning coach. Blair, 46, who pitched for the Padres in 1995-1996, has worked the past two seasons as the pitching coach of the Padres Single-A Fort Wayne affiliate. While with the TinCaps, Blair helped develop some of the top young pitching prospects in the Padres system. McCabe, 33, joins the Padres organization after spending the previous seven seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He most recently served as Arizona's minor league strength and conditioning coordinator, overseeing strength and conditioning programs for each of that organization's seven minor league affiliates. The addition of Blair and McCabe left the Double-A manager slot the only vacancy needing to be filled on the Padres staff. Fort Wayne's pitchers have finished among the Midwest League leaders in staff earned run average in each of the past two seasons under Blair, who filled the post that was originally offered to veteran Bob McClure. McClure turned down the offer from the Padres for family reasons. "After McClure, we cleared the decks and took another look at it," said Padres general manager Josh Byrnes. "We brought Willie down to Nashville to meet with everyone. "Willie has clearly demonstrated since he's been with us that he's an excellent teacher with a tough edge. He's very real and knowledgeable. He has a good way with players."
Willie Blair promoted to Padres bullpen coach
San Diego Union-Tribune | Dec 12