SAN DIEGO -- The Padres announced on Thursday that they are replacing Randy Ready, who becomes the club's fifth hitting coach in five-plus years to lose his job.
"Randy worked tirelessly at what has proven to be a one of the most difficult jobs in baseball, and we appreciate all he has done for the Padres," general manager Jed Hoyer said in a club statement.
The Padres scored 3.7 runs per game, which ranked ahead of only the Giants in the National League. San Diego had fewer than 600 runs for the first time since 1988 and finished last in the NL West with 91 defeats, one year after winning 90 games and finishing second.
PETCO Park, the team's home since 2004, is an extreme pitchers' park that has vexed several Padres offenses and contributed to ousters of several hitting coaches.
Dave Magadan was dismissed in June 2006, followed by Merv Rettenmund in July '07. Anticipating he would be let go, Wally Joyner resigned at the end of the '08 season.
In July '09, Ready left his post as a Triple-A manager to replace Jim Lefebvre as San Diego's hitting coach.
"I would like to thank Randy for his efforts during his time as hitting coach for the Padres," Hoyer said. "He has made a lasting impact on this organization, dating back to his time as a Minor League manager."
Praise for Ready also came from one of several rookie hitters who made their Major League debuts this year.
"We worked on a lot of stuff in the transition from Triple-A to here," San Diego infielder Logan Forsythe said from PETCO Park on Thursday afternoon. "He was very helpful, a great guy. I liked him overall."
The Padres struggled not only at PETCO, but also on the road this year. Their combined on-base and slugging percentage when adjusted for ballparks ranked last in the NL, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
"I don't think it's the park," Forsythe said of the team's offensive struggles. "I think that's the way we need to look at it."
The club announced that the other coaches on manager Bud Black's staff will return for the 2012 season.
San Diego's next hitting coach will be Black's fourth in six seasons. In the PETCO era, the Padres have employed one pitching coach, Darren Balsley.
Tom Krasovic is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.