The El Paso Chihuahuas have a history of winning. Four consecutive division titles, two conference titles, and a PCL championship in that span. The last three years they’ve been led by Rod Barajas, who is now the Padres bench coach. In steps Edwin Rodriguez as manager and he expects to keep the winning tradition alive and well at Southwest University Park.
“He knows the game. He has managed in the big leagues and he has been around. He has impacted a lot of really good baseball players in different organizations and we are really fortunate to have him,“ Padres manager Andy Green said.
“I know he’s going to do down there and he is going to enjoy it. He has an unbelievable coaching staff with him who have been there. I just told him El Paso is the place to be if you’re going to be in the minor leagues,“ Padres bench coach and former Chihuahuas manager Rod Barajas said.
“We are all excited to start the season. I’m very sure we are going to have a very good team. It will be a young team with good arms in the starting rotation and in the bullpen. We will have a good lineup with speed and power,“ Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez is also a firm believer in how the Padres are building this franchise. His job is to get guys like Fernando Tatis Jr. and Josh Naylor ready for the big leagues, but what better way to do that than by winning championships.