09/14/12 10:28 PM ET
Padres to honor radio voice Coleman Saturday
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
The team will reveal a statue in Coleman's honor at Petco Park. Fans who are attending the game are encouraged to be in their seats by 5 p.m.
San Diego manager Bud Black, for one, is looking forward to the ceremony to honor Coleman, who has spent the last 70 years in professional baseball as a player and broadcaster, 40 of which have come with the Padres.
The first 25,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Jerry Coleman Day patch. There will be a flyover of Marine Corps F-18 jets as well. Coleman was a Marine fighter pilot in World War II and Korea.
"A lot of native San Diegans, when they think of the Padres, they think of Jerry Coleman," Black said of Coleman, who turned 88 on Friday.
Third baseman Chase Headley, who made his Major League debut with the team in 2007, said he's never met anyone quite like Coleman.
"He's an older guy, but has so much energy," Headley said. "He's awesome. I didn't know his story when I first got to meet him. Then you find out what he did on the field, his military service and then what he has done as a broadcaster. It's amazing."
Headley was surprised to hear that Coleman turned 88 on Friday.
"For turning 88, you'd never know it," he said. "[He] has a tremendous personality and he loves what he's doing. He's just fun to be around."
Quentin out of lineup vs. Rox but 'doing better'
SAN DIEGO -- Left fielder Carlos Quentin, who has just four at-bats in the first six games of this nine-game home stand, wasn't in the lineup on Friday. However, Padres manager Bud Black said Quentin's sore right knee is doing much better.
"Today he'll hit in the cage," Black said. "We'll reassess how he's doing after."
Quentin's sore right knee is the one he had surgery on in March, the one that kept him from the Padres lineup until May 28. He's had periodic days off since to give the knee a rest from the rigors of playing in the outfield and running the bases.
Quentin has one at-bat in the last three games, though he's available to pinch-hit if needed.
Huston Street, on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a strained left calf, has thrown two simulated games this week, on Monday and Wednesday. At this point, Street's arm is fine and he could pitch in a game right now if needed. It's a matter of his calf.
Street tested the calf before Friday's game against the Rockies with some running.
"Anytime you're injured, it's frustrating," said Street, who has missed 59 games this season with disabled list stints, the first for a strained right lat muscle. "You only have so many years in your life to play. But the easiest part for me is trusting the training staff. This is my first calf strain but they've probably had one hundred of them."
Flags flown at half-staff to honor Americans lost in Libya
SAN DIEGO -- Flags were at half-staff at Petco Park before Friday's Padres game against the Rockies as Major League Baseball paid tribute to the four Americans slain earlier this week in Libya.
The Padres had a moment of silence to honor those slain before their 4-3 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Flags were flown at half-staff at all Major League ballparks on Friday.
President Barack Obama ordered all flags on government buildings to half staff to honor of those who were killed, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
The order applies to all U.S. military posts, diplomatic sites abroad and ships at sea, and will remain in force until sunset on September 16.
Top prospect Gyorko named Triple-A All-Star
SAN DIEGO -- Infield prospect Jedd Gyorko was named Baseball America's Triple-A All-Star at third base on Friday.
Gyorko, considered the Padres' No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, hit a combined .311 and had 30 home runs and 111 RBIs this season between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson.
Gyorko, the 59th overall Draft pick in the 2010 Draft, began the season in San Antonio and hit .262 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 34 games. Gyorko, who played second and third base this season flourished in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, hitting .328 with 24 home runs and 83 RBIs in 92 games.
Elsewhere, Tommy Medica of Single-A Lake Elsinore (designated hitter) was named to the advanced Single-A team All-Star list. Medica hit .330 with 19 home runs and 86 RBI's. Fort Wayne reliever Matt Stites made the low Single-A team. Stites was 2-0 with a 0.74 ERA and 13 saves in 42 games.
Also, Fort Wayne's Jose Valentin was named low-A Manager of the Year by the publication.
The Padres have notified Triple-A manager Terry Kennedy and pitching coach Steve Webber that their contracts won't be renewed for the 2013 season. Kennedy recently completed his third season as the manager for the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. Webber was in his third season as pitching coach in Tucson. No replacements have been named as of yet. Tucson finished the season with a 56-88 record.
"TK and Webby were both dedicated, hard workers but we felt we needed to change the environment in Tucson," said Randy Smith, the Padres vice president of player development and international scouting.
Third baseman Chase Headley received his National League Player of the Month Award for August on Friday, as a package arrived with his mounted glass plaque. Headley isn't quite sure where to put it, as he and his wife, Casey, recently closed on a home in Tennessee. Once he decides, it might go somewhere by the baseball that he got his 100th RBI with recently. Headley isn't a big memento collector, though he has a few items he might eventually display.
Fort Wayne outfielder Travis Jankowski will miss the rest of the Midwest League championship series. He suffered a broken rib after being hit by a pitch in the first inning of the TinCaps victory Thursday over Wisconsin. The best-of-five series, which is tied after two games, will resume on Saturday. He was the 44th overall selection in June's First-Year Player Draft. After a slow start, he finished the regular season with a .282 average and 17 stolen bases in 59 games.