After three consecutive PCL Pacific Southern Division crowns and a PCL title as manager of the El Paso Chihuahuas, Rod Barajas finally got his big league call-up and will now serve as the San Diego Padres bench coach. It is a promotion that was a long time coming for the former big league catcher.
“He knows the game really well and for us, we had the need for a while on our staff for a catching presence. He brings an expertise, not just his presence. He has a great feel for the game of baseball,“ Padres manager Andy Green said.
“I can feel the confidence with Rod in the big leagues. He taught me a lot during the season in El Paso. To me, he will be great to have in San Diego,“ Padres second baseman Luis Urias said.
“I’m definitely selfish. We are glad to have him and I know he will me missed in El Paso. He is an A+ dude,“ Padres pitcher Phil Maton said.
“The three years I spent in El Paso trained me for this opportunity. To be back in the big leagues, to be a part of an organization on the rise, it’s going to be a special time in San Diego,“ Barajas said.“
With Barajas now with the Padres, it’s now Edwin Rodriguez’s turn to take over a club that has won four consecutive division titles overall. Those are some big shoes to fill, but Rodriguez is relishing the opportunity.