Gary Pettis is heading down I-45 for his new job with the Astros, reports Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. Pettis was an original member of Ron Washington's staff when he took over in 2007, during that time he served as outfield instructor, base running coach, and first base coach. He would later move over to third base coach in 2013. Pettis interviewed for a position with the Astros before the Rangers decided to hire Jeff Banister as their new manager.
Pettis was drafted in the sixth round of 1979 draft by the Angels. He played eleven season in the majors with the Angels, Tigers, Rangers, and Padres. During those eleven seasons, he collected five gold gloves.
There is no word yet on which position Pettis will be filling for the Astros, but it appears Tarrik Brock is out the door with this hire - leaving a hole at first base coach. Brock served as outfield instructor and base running coach for Houston last season.