Jose Valentin thanked several former managers and teammates for helping to prepare him for his new job as TinCaps manager.
Valentin played 16 years in the majors with stops with Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.
He was managed by Jim Garner in Milwaukee and was teammates with Hall of Famers Robin Yount and Paul Molitor.
Jerry Manuel and Ozzie Guillen were his managers in Chicago. Jim Tracy was his skipper in Los Angeles and Willie Randolph was his manager in New York.
He also mentioned Sandy Alomar Sr. as another influence as a coach.
"They are all different managers and they all have different ways to manage the game, but the one thing they all have the same were they were winning coaches," Valentin said. "They taught you how to play the game, how to respect the teammates and the way to play the game of baseball.
"I got a lot of good influences from those guys. They helped me in my career to be the player that I was as a player."
This is Valentin's first time as a manager. He retired as a player in 2009.
"He's a bright guy," said Randy Smith, the vice president of player development and international scouting for the Padres. "He has a lot of energy. He really as a player had such tremendous instincts and played the right way. He'll be able to pass that on to his players."