"The Astros offered me the manager's job right after they fired me, and the Padres pretty much called me the day after that and started conversations about possibly coming to work for them," Berry said. "I talked to a lot of people and it worked out. The Astros were definitely involved as far as possibly coming back. I was still in contact and talking with [general manager] Ed [Wade] and [then-director of player development] Ricky [Bennett] and figuring out a way to stay. It was tough."
Berry, 44, spent four seasons as Astros hitting coach before being replaced by Jeff Bagwell at the All-Star break this year. He spent 2005 and the first half of the 2006 season as the club's Minor League hitting coordinator. Being with the Padres will allow him to reaming closer to his family in Paso Robles, Calif., which is about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
"When I got to come home this year, it was a blessing to be able to spend time with my family," Berry said. "That got me started thinking. I have a son who's a junior in high school and a daughter who's a freshman. Not that I don't mind the crazy hours of being a big league coach, but this was a too good of a situation to pass up. I'm excited about working for them."