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Darren Balsley (born October 27, 1964) is the current pitching coach at Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres franchise. He was a minor-league pitcher before he decided to go into coaching. He went to Mount Carmel High School in San Diego and attended Palomar College. He has been in his current role since May 17, 2003. Under his tutelage, the Padres pitching has greatly improved, with the team ERA going from 4.87 in 2003 to a Major-League best 3.70 in 2007 to now a Major-League leading best again 3.07 ERA in 2010. Also, many pitchers have gone on to have some of the best years of their careers under his watch. These players include Heath Bell, Jake Peavy, Cla Meredith, Chris Young, Akinori Otsuka, and Kevin Cameron.
- Scarr, Mike (17 May 2003). "Padres dismiss pitching coach Club opts to promote Balsley from Double-A". MLB.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
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