The Padres have hired a new athletic trainer, selecting Mark Rogow to lead that department.
Rogow replaces Todd Hutcheson, who didn’t have his contract renewed after 18 years as the team’s head trainer.
Rogow joins the team after spending the past five years working with the United States Department of Defense, serving as the sports medicine program director for the Naval Special Warfare (Navy SEALS) in San Diego.
Rogow has over 20 years of experience as a trainer in professional baseball, as he worked in the Minor Leagues for the Mets (2006-10) and Pirates (1991-2005).
“We felt like he was a good fit, and he comes with a lot of experience,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. “We feel he’s a good fit to our training program. He comes with a baseball background.
“We’re not looking for him to come in and reinvent the wheel. It’s about continual learning and what the best practices are on the medical side.”
Preller said the timing was right for a change to the athletic departments, and it was not an indictment on anything Hutcheson — who had been with the organization since 1982 — did or didn’t do.
“We felt change was needed in that area,” Preller said. “It doesn’t come down to DL days or to injuries. It was more so trying to get the [right] fit. We felt like Mark was a good hire and a good fit for us. He’s going to help take the department in a different direction.”
Other staff announcements made Thursday include the hire of Casey Myers as a Major League staff coordinator. Myers previously coached in the A’s system for five seasons.
Pete DeYoung is the team’s director of professional scouting, Ben Sestanovich is the assistant director of player development, Brian McBurney has been promoted to the team’s director of baseball research and development and Matt Klotsche is the club’s new director of baseball information services.