Astros name four on-field coaches

Astros name four on-field coaches
October 19, 2012, 3:15 pm
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Astros introduce new manager Bo Porter

(US Presswire)

Now that the Astros have Bo Porter in the manager role, they’re starting to fill out the rest of the coaching staff.

The Astros have added John Mallee as the hitting coach and Dave Trembly as a bench coach.

In addition, they have retained pitching coach Doug Brocail and bench coach Dave Clark for 2013.

The Astros will add two more to the staff in the next few weeks. Aside from the on-field coaches, the Astros have also named former major leaguer Quinton McCracken as the new director of player development.

“We strive to have the best coaching staff in baseball to teach and develop our players and to instill a winning mindset for our club,” said GM Jeff Luhnow. “This is an exceptional group of individuals with varied experiences and proven track records in coaching at the highest levels.”

Mallee, 43, has 17 seasons of experience in professional baseball, primarily as a hitting coach in the majors and minors. Most recently, Mallee was the Marlins’ hitting coach from 2010-2011.

“A manager is only as good as his coaching staff and I’m confident these four will contribute to a terrific staff that can help us accomplish our goals,” Porter said.

Trembly, 60, spent the last two seasons as the minor league field coordinator for the Braves. He has spent the last 28 years in pro baseball. He was a manager for 19 of those seasons, most recently in 2000 with the Cubs, where he managed Porter.

Brocail, 45, is back for his second season as pitching coach. He took over in the middle of the 2011 season. Clark, 50, is back for his fifth season with the Astros.