Padres unveil new website, announce major league visit
Major League Baseball will be in Tucson this year, at least for one day.
the San Diego Padres have agreed to play an exhibition game in Tucson in 2011, said Tucson Padres general manager Mike Feder.
"We aren't sure when it will be or what team they will be playing yet, but they will be here for one game," Feder said.
The major league teams calls Peoria, Ariz., its spring training home.
Tucson Padres unveil new logo, website
Both the nostalgia of the past and the excitement of the future are present in the Tucson Padres' new logo, which was released Tuesday along with their website.
The logo, created by the San Diego Padres Creative Services Department, fuses the traditional Padres logo from 1978-1984 with the modern-day team colors.
The new logo also captures the essence of Tucson in it, featuring a cactus in the foreground and mountains in the backdrop.
"I'm thrilled with the design and think it came out great," Feder said. "To have access to the old Padres logo was fantastic. It was essential that we incorporated a Tucson feel into the logo as well."
Along with their logo, the Tucson Padres launched their website. It offers news, schedule, ballpark and ticket information, multimedia and contact information. Other content such as the roster, promotional information, scores and the online store can also be accessed through the site, once they become available.
"Reaching people through social media is so vital to us," Feder said. "We want to make it as easy as possible for people to connect with the team and get answers."
Feder runs the Tucson Padres' Facebook page personally and said he makes it a point to respond to all questions and comments left on the page.
Padres staff includes former local athlete
Terry Kennedy, former All-Star catcher for the San Diego Padres, will head the pack as manager of the Tucson Padres. Kennedy has coached for almost a decade in professional baseball and enters his third season as manager in the Padres organization.
"I expect great things out of Terry this season," Feder said. "I think that catchers make tremendous managers, because they have such knowledge of the game. They know the defense well, understand pitchers and can read hitters. We're really fortunate to have him."
Also named on the 2011 coaching staff was returning pitching coach Steve Webber, newcomer Bob Skube as hitting coach and athletic director Wade Yamasaki, who enters his 12th season in the Padres' farm system.
Former University of Arizona swimmer and two-time gold medalist Crissy Perham joins the Tucson Padres' ranks as Director of Community Relations.