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ASTROS NAME FOUR TO MAJOR LEAGUE FIELD STAFF

Mallee, Trembley added to staff; Brocail, Clark return from last season

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have named four members of their 2013 Major League field staff today, including two new members: John Mallee (hitting coach) and Dave Trembley (coach). Doug Brocail (pitching coach) and Dave Clark (coach) will also both return in 2013. Trembley and Clark’s field positions will be announced at a later time. The Astros will add two more to the staff in the coming weeks. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

“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 Luhnow. “This is an exceptional group of individuals with varied experiences and proven track records in coaching at the highest levels.”

The four will join Manager Bo Porter, who was hired by the Astros on Sept. 27. Porter spent each of his last two seasons working under Manager Davey Johnson as the third base coach for the Washington Nationals. Washington finished with the best regular season record in the Major Leagues this season.

“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,” said Porter. “I played for Dave Trembley and I worked with John Mallee in the past. Doug Brocail and Dave Clark are excellent coaches, who will provide the continuity to the past. These members of our staff give us our best chance to win ballgames and develop winning players.”

Mallee, 43, has 17 seasons of experience in professional baseball, primarily as a hitting coach in both the Major Leagues and minor leagues. Most recently, he spent a year as the Major League hitting coach for the Marlins between 2010-11. Prior to being named the Marlins big league hitting coach, Mallee spent eight and a half seasons as the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator. While at that position, Mallee worked with Porter, who was also a coach and manager in the Marlins farm system at the time (2005-06).

Trembley, 60, spent the last two seasons as the minor league field coordinator for the Atlanta Braves. Trembley brings a wealth of experience to the staff, having spent his last 28 years in professional baseball, including four years as Baltimore’s Major League manager (2007-10), and 20 years as a minor league manager with Pittsburgh (1987-89), San Diego (1991-93), Chicago-NL (1994-2002) and Baltimore (2003-06). Trembley managed Porter for three seasons from 1995-1997, while managing in Chicago’s minor league system.

Brocail, 45, returns for what will be his second full season as the Astros pitching coach. He took over the position midseason in 2011 after serving nearly two years (2010-11) as a special assistant to the Astros general manager. Brocail had a long professional career (1986-2009), which included three stops in Houston (1995-96, 2001, 2008-09). A resident of nearby Missouri City, TX, Brocail has been with the organization in some capacity, as a player, special assistant or coach, since 2008.

Clark, 50, will return for his fifth consecutive season on the Astros coaching staff. A member of the Astros organization since 2005, Clark has also spent time as a minor league manager in the organization at the Double A (2005-07) and Triple A levels (2008), and also served as the Astros interim manager for the final 13 games in 2009. Clark had a 13-year Major League playing career (1986-98), which included a one-year stint with Houston in 1998, the same team that won a franchise-best 102 games.

ASTROS NAME McCRACKEN DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Former Major League outfielder spent the last two seasons in Arizona’s front office

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have named former Major League outfielder Quinton McCracken as their new director of player development this afternoon. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

“Quinton had a long and successful playing career, so he knows what it takes to get to the big leagues and stay there,” said Luhnow. “He has successfully transitioned to a front office role in Arizona and we are excited to have him join our efforts in Houston. He will be instrumental in developing the next generation of Astros stars.”

McCracken, 42, spent the last two seasons working in Arizona’s front office as their assistant director of player development. In that role, he worked with all aspects of Arizona’s minor league system and served as a liaison between the Major League club and their minor league affiliates. McCracken is a graduate of Duke University, where he starred on the baseball field, while earning his degree in political science and history.

He was a 25th-round selection out of Duke in the 1992 draft by Colorado and went on to have a 12-year Major League career (1995-2006) while playing for six different organizations. He owns a career .274 Major League average with 21 home runs, 244 RBI and 89 stolen bases.

McCracken replaces Fred Nelson, who has been offered an opportunity to stay in the organization in a different capacity.

ASTROS PROMOTE ROWIN TO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Today, the Astros also announced that Allen Rowin has been promoted to assistant director of player development. Rowin has been with the club since January of 2007 and had served as the player development coordinator since April of 2007. Rowin will support McCracken in all areas of player development.

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