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Padres coach Powell to help hitters in Venezuela

Padres coach Powell to help hitters in Venezuela

Padres coach Powell to help hitters in Venezuela
SAN DIEGO -- The regular season ends on Wednesday for the Padres, though that doesn't mean that the work is done for at least one member of the coaching staff.

Alonzo Powell, who has worked alongside hitting coach Phil Plantier this season, will prepare to make his way to the Venezuelan Winter League where he'll be a hitting coach for Bravos de Margarita (the Margarita Braves).

Powell was asked by friend and current Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens back in Spring Training if he would have interest in working with the Braves hitters this winter.

"We have a history," Powell said. "We played against each other in Japan and I knew him from back in 1986 when we played in Venezuela. I thought this would be a nice opportunity."

Powell isn't sure who will be on the roster yet, though he's certain there will be some Major Leaguers on it, though none from the Padres.

"The more you work with guys, the more you learn," Powell said. "The more situations that you see ... the more you're able to incorporate things into your style of coaching."

The Braves' first game is Oct. 11, though Meulens could still be busy with the Giants, who have won the National League West and will likely begin the National League Division Series on Oct. 6.

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