Named the Padres hitting coach on 11/1/11, he enters his second season in the Padres organization, serving as hitting coach and interim manager at Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2011...helped lead the Storm to their first California League championship since 2001 as the team scored 828 runs to rank second among all Single-A clubs.
In his first campaign as hitting coach for the Padres, guided the staff to a second-half finish that included a .262 (661-for- 2525) team batting average with 346 runs scored in the club's final 75 games (4.6 runs per game)...the 346 runs in the second half ranked fifth-most among National League clubs after the All-Star break.
Prior to joining the Padres, served as hitting coach and manager at the Double-A level as well as one season as hitting coordinator in the Seattle Mariners' organization.
Originally signed as an 11th-round pick in the 1987 First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox, he hit .243 (457-for-1,883) with 90 doubles, three triples, 91 home runs, 292 RBI and 260 runs scored in 610 games over parts of eight Major League seasons.
Played with the Red Sox (1990-92), Padres (1993-94, 97), Houston Astros (1995), Oakland A's (1996) and St. Louis Cardinals (1997).
Had his best season for San Diego in 1993, hitting .240 (111-for-462) with 34 home runs, 20 doubles, 100 RBI and 67 runs scored en route to being named the club's MVP.
Phillip Alan Plantier...since the end of his playing career, earned a bachelor's degree in social science from California State University San Marcos...resides in Poway, Calif., with his wife Jennifer, sons Ryan and Tyler and daughter Emily.