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Padres fire coach Randy Ready

Updated: September 29, 2011, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Randy Ready was fired by the San Diego Padres on Thursday, the fifth hitting coach to get the heave-ho since the team moved into spacious Petco Park in 2004.

Ready is the only member of manager Bud Black's staff not to be invited back in the wake of a 71-91 season in which San Diego's hitters once again struggled in the big downtown ballyard. The vast swath of outfield has led to the derisive nickname of Petco National Park.

"The last thing I'd ever want to do is make ...

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