Coming on the heels of the club's new branding and uniform choices, we finally got the rest of the Astros coaching staff out of the way. On Monday, the Houston Astros sent out a release stating that they had hired Dennis Martinez and Eduardo Perez to round out first-year manager Bo Porter's field staff this season.
In addition to naming those two, the Astros announced roles for some of the coaches they had hired or kept on before. Martinez will serve as the team's bullpen coach while Perez will be the team's bench coach. Dave Trembley, the former big league manager who was announced before but not given a role, will be the club's third base coach with Dave Clark moving over to first base. Doug Brocail and John Mallee will fill the pitching coach and hitting coach roles, respectively.
Martinez is an easy hire, as he comes from the St. Louis minor league system and brings a ton of experience and wins at the big league level, maybe to legitimize the staff a bit? He also has a perfect game on his resume, which is cool. Here's what Luhnow had to say about him in the release:
"Dennis has an impressive track record as a Major League pitcher and now has six years of coaching experience under his belt," Luhnow said. "He has a unique ability to inspire pitchers and give them the confidence they need to succeed at the highest level."
The interesting hire is Perez as bench coach, considering we assumed Trembley would fill that spot to provide some AL experience for Porter. Instead, the Astros turned to the younger Perez to fill the bench coach role. The son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, Eduardo was most recently a hitting coach with the Miami Marlins, but has also served in different capacities for the Cleveland Indians for the baseball operations department.
Perez doesn't have as significant experience with the AL to provide as bench coach, but maybe the Astros think Trembley can provide the scouting reports before the game and Perez can help better with strategy. Perez also marks another Astros hire who is on Twitter, and has also appeared as a guest analyst for ESPN.
Again, Luhnow's comments on Perez via the release:
"Eduardo has a deep knowledge of the game which stems from his childhood growing up around the game, his days as a college player, a minor league player, a Major League player for over a decade, as a broadcaster and as a coach at the big league level."
Finally, Houston announced that Tony DeFrancesco will be the manager at Oklahoma City next season. I mentioned this on the podcast Sunday night, but I'm really pumped about this. Hearing what Tony D was able to do with the culture of the clubhouse last season at Triple-A made me want him back in that role. It's a tough environment, and Houston figures to have some top prospects roll into OKC this season. I couldn't think of a better guy to be leading the show down there.
So, that's it for the news portion...what do you think of the hires? Is there enough legitimacy to this staff? Do you think Martinez is a pitching coach in waiting as Luhnow gives Brocail some more time? What about Trembley getting the third base job? Was that surprising or sort of expected?