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Stewart, Padres Discuss Coach Job

October 23, 1997

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Former World Series MVP Dave Stewart has agreed to become the San Diego Padres’ next pitching coach, but stressed that two issues are holding up a contract.

``There is no deal,″ Stewart said Wednesday. ``All I’ve said is `Yeah, I’ll do the job.′ Terms have to get worked out. To me, anytime something can terminate your progress, it’s not minor.″

Stewart, currently a special assistant to Padres general manager Kevin Towers, said one issue is pay. If he became pitching coach, he would be compromising his goal of becoming a general manager.

``The bottom line is, I’ve backed off on my initial goals to do something for the organization. There has to be some type of compensation to satisfy that,″ Stewart said.

Stewart also said he has some personal issues to work out with club president Larry Lucchino. Stewart wouldn’t be more specific, but said there were some things that ``in a roundabout way got back to me.″

``There are some personal issues that I’m not real happy with that need to be talked about before going any further,″ he said. ``If (Lucchino) had 15 minutes, we could iron it out. But unless the time is allotted, it may never get done. I can’t narrow him down.″

Stewart said things could get wrapped up in a day, or ``it may not happen. Period.″

Stewart and Lucchino met late Wednesday afternoon, a club spokesman said. Lucchino did not make himself available for comment, and Towers could not be reached.

Stewart, the only black in San Diego’s front office, said he’s pretty much been promised that he would be able to continue his duties as special assistant to the GM in the offseason if he became pitching coach.

Stewart said he initially balked at overtures for him to take the coaching job, thinking it would be a step backward in his quest to become a GM. But he said he spoke with several other blacks in front offices, as well as Oakland A’s executive Sandy Alderson, about whether it would be a step back.

``I don’t see that after talking to other minorities in the business,″ he said.

Stewart worked for Alderson for two seasons while he was GM of the Athletics.

``Eventually, Sandy believes I will be a GM somewhere,″ Stewart said.

Stewart, who was 168-129 in a 15-year major league career, was known for his menacing glare. He said he would take the pitching coach job ``mostly to try to incorporate some of my style and some of my beliefs in some of our young pitchers here.″

``Obviously Joey (Hamilton) at some point will be a 20-game winner, as well as (Andy) Ashby,″ Stewart said. ``Both possess the capabilities to dominate this league. There are some things that I guess Kevin as well as the organization feel I can give to these guys to take them to the next level.″

Stewart won 20 games four times, and was MVP of the 1989 World Series with Oakland.

If he doesn’t become pitching coach, Stewart said he’d be perfectly happy to keep his current job. ``I love this job,″ he said.

The Padres fired Dan Warthen on Sept. 29, a day after the Padres ended the season with a 4.98 ERA, worst in club history.

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