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Dave Winfield Named Padres VP

February 19, 2002

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was hired Tuesday as a vice president and senior adviser of the San Diego Padres, the club where he started his major league career.

Winfield, 50, has been a member of the Padres’ board of directors for nearly two years and went into the Hall of Fame last summer with a Padres’ cap.

``The Padres have graciously welcome me back into the family since my retirement,″ Winfield said. ``Baseball is still very much in my blood, and I’m honored to be asked to increase my role.″

He will concentrate on baseball operations, marketing, player development, community relations and diversity issues. He also will be involved in the new downtown ballpark, where resumed construction resumed Tuesday after a 16-month delay.

``With his extensive background in both the baseball and business world, he brings a unique perspective to the organization,″ Padres president chief executive officer Bob Vizas said.

Winfield joined the Padres in 1973 straight out of the University of Minnesota. He spent the first eight seasons of his 22-year major league career with the Padres, who retired Winfield’s No. 31 jersey.

An All-Star four times in eight years with San Diego, Winfield gained national recognition after going to the New York Yankees as a free agent in 1980. He retired following the 1995 season with 3,110 hits, 465 home runs, 1,833 RBIs and a .283 average.

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