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Rod Barajas named El Paso Chihuahuas field manager

EL PASO, Texas - Baseball season maybe a few months away, but El Paso Chihuahuas announced who the new field manager is.

Rod Barajas was named the new manager for the 2016 season.

The 40-year-old began the 2015 season as High-A Lake Elsinore's hitting coach and was elevated to be Double-A San Antonio's manager at mid-season when Jamie Quirk was promoted from San Antonio to El Paso. Barajas managed the Padres Arizona Rookie League affiliate in 2014.

It was also announced on Thursday that Morgan Burkhart will be the Chihuahuas hitting coach in 2016.

Burkhart also has major league experience, playing for the Boston Red Sox from 2000-2001 and the Kansas City Royals in 2003. He has been a coach in the Padres organization since 2013.

The Chihuahuas open the 2016 season on April 7 in Reno and return to El Paso for the home opener on April 15 against the Aces.

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