After the announcement that Brent Storm would be the Astros bench coach a bit earlier this month, the Astros finalized their coaching staff yesterday for 2014.
Pat Listach will the be the Astros first base coach. Listach is a former Astros shortstop who finished his career in Houston. He went into coaching and became the Nationals 3B coach in 2009. In 2010, Listach joined the Cubs as their 3B coach before moving to bench coach in 2012. Last season he was with the Dodgers as their Minor League infield coordinator. The Astros were looking for a 1B coach who specializes in middle infielders and Listach fits that profile. His main responsibility will be working with Jose Altuve and Jonathan Villar among others.
Craig Bjornson is the Astros new bullpen coach replacing Dennis Martinez. Bjornson was the Astros bullpen coach in 2012 and spent last season as the roving pitching instructor. Bjornson played in the Astros Minor League season for a few years before going into coaching.
John Mallee is returning as Astros hitting coach though Ralph Dickenson is replacing Dan Radison as the Astros assistant hitting coach. Radison will stay within the organization as a special assignment coach and will split time between the Astros major league and Minor League teams. Here’s what Jeff Luhnow had to say about the the hitting coaches;
“Radison, Mallee and Ralph are all very well-aligned in terms of hitting philosophies. We feel good about the contributions all three of those guys had last year. Ralph and John worked together in the past, and we wanted to give Ralph the opportunity to spend more time with big league players, so Radison will get a chance to spend half the year with the big league club and half the year roving around the Minor Leagues, which he had done the year before.”
Dave Trembley and Eduardo Perez are switching coaching assignments this season. Trembley was the team’s 3B coach last season but will move to bench coach this season. Perez will take over the 3B gig. Here’s what Jeff Luhnow had to say about their new assignments;
“Trembley managed before, and I think it’s a good opportunity for him to do whatever he can to assist Bo on the bench, and it gives Eduardo a different experience in a different role. They were both very valuable to us last year, and we really felt like the managerial experience Trembley has could be more useful on the bench standing right next to Bo than standing at third base.”
The Astros are talking with Jeff Murphy, the team’s 2013 bullpen catcher and catching instructor, about a new role teaching prospects in the Minor Leagues.