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Terry Kennedy named manager of the Portland Beavers

December 1, 2009 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Portland Beavers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - The San Diego Padres today announced that Terry Kennedy has been named manager of the Portland Beavers for the 2010 season. It was also announced that Orv Franchuk has been named hitting coach and Steve Webber has been named pitching coach for the Triple-A Portland club.

All three were with Class AA San Antonio in 2009, leading the Missions to a first-half South Division title and the Texas League playoffs. Additionally on Tuesday, the Padres announced that athletic trainer Wade Yamasaki will return to the Beavers for a second season.

The Beavers open the 2010 season at PGE Park on Thursday, April 8, taking on the Sacramento River Cats.

Kennedy, 53, marks his third season as a coach in the Padres system, serving as the hitting coach at San Antonio in 2008 before assuming managerial duties for the club last year. The Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year with Iowa in 1998, Kennedy has managed nine minor league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2004), Chicago Cubs (1997-99), Montreal (1994) and St. Louis (1993) organizations as well as the independent San Diego Surf Dawgs (2005-06).

Kennedy also served as the minor league field coordinator and roving catching instructor with the Cubs for the 2000-01 seasons, was the hitting coach at Triple-A Tacoma from 1995-96 and held the position of roving catching instructor in the Expos system in 1994.

A four-time all-star catcher, Kennedy batted .264 with 244 doubles, 113 home runs and 628 RBIs in 1,491 games over 14 major league seasons with St. Louis (1978-80), San Diego (1981-86), Baltimore (1987-88) and San Francisco (1989-91).

A first-round selection (sixth overall) of the Cardinals in 1977, Kennedy was a National League All-Star in 1981, 1983 and 1985, and was an American League All-Star in 1987. He played in the 1984 World Series with the Padres and 1989 World Series with San Francisco. In 1983, he received the Silver Slugger Award as the top-hitting catcher in the majors.

Kennedy, who was an All-American at Florida State, resides in Chandler, Ariz., with his wife, Teresa. The couple has two daughters, Suzanna and Sarah, and a son, Bart.

Franchuk, 65, marks his second season in the Padres organization in 2010 after serving as the hitting coach at Class AA San Antonio last year. A veteran of more than 30 years in professional baseball, Franchuk joined the Padres after serving as the minor league hitting coordinator in the Houston Astros organization during the 2007 and 2008 seasons; he served in the same capacity with the Boston Red Sox from 2003-06.

He spent eight years in the Oakland Athletics organization as well, managing Class A Vancouver in 2002 and serving as the organization's roving hitting and catching instructor from 1998-2001. Prior to that, he was the hitting coach at Triple-A Edmonton from 1995-97. His previous experience also includes seven seasons as a scout and hitting coach in the Angels system and eight years as a scout in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

A native of Amesbury, Alberta, Franchuk was a coach for the Canadian National Team at the 1977, 1980 and 1981 World Baseball Championships. He also coached the Canadian Olympic Team in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Cuba in 2006 and in the World Baseball Championship in Taiwan in 2007.

Franchuk resides in Mesa, Ariz., with his wife, Susan. The couple has two sons, Shawn and Cody, and a daughter, Nicole.

Webber, 62, marks his seventh season as a pitching coach in the Padres system after serving in that capacity with Class AA San Antonio the last two seasons (2008-09). He was the recipient of San Diego's Jack Krol award in 2008 for contributions to player development.

Webber served as the pitching coach at Class A Lake Elsinore for the 2006 and 2007 seasons and held the same position with Class A Fort Wayne from 2004-05.

Prior to joining the Padres, Webber spent eight years in the New York Yankees minor league system, serving his final four years as coordinator of minor league instruction (2000-03). He also served as an area scout from 1996-98 and handled the pitching coach duties for Class A Oneonta (1997-98), Class A Greensboro (1999) and the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Yankees (2000-02).

Before joining the professional ranks, he was the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs for 16 seasons (1981-96), compiling a 500-403-1 overall record and leading the team to a national title in 1990. Webber was the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year in 1987 and garnered National Coach of the Year honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 1990.

Webber, who pitched for Southern Illinois University in the 1969 College World Series, resides in Smyrna, Ga., with his wife, Pam. The couple has one daughter, Ashley.

Yamasaki joins the Beavers for a second season in 2010, his 11th in the Padres organization. Prior to joining Portland, he served as the athletic trainer at Class AA San Antonio during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

He began his career as an intern with the Padres training staff in 2000 before being named the athletic trainer for Class A Eugene in 2001, a role he held through the 2003 season. From there, Yamasaki was the athletic trainer for the rookie-level Arizona League Padres from 2004-06.

Yamasaki, who graduated from Mililani (HI) High School, earned a degree in education with an emphasis in athletic training from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He and his wife, Jodi, reside in Mililani, Hawaii, and have one daughter, Arie.

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