As is the case with any team that has success, the coaches of said team get a glance or two for coaching vacancies. The Astros are no different.
The Astros assistant hitting coach Alan Zinter is joining manager Andy Green's new coaching staff as hitting coach.
Zinter was the final addition to A.J. Hinch's staff in 2015. He was part of a staff that saw the Astros improve their win total 16 games over the 2014 season.
Zinter was a former first-round pick of the Mets in 1989 (24th-overall) out of the University of Arizona.
Zinter reached the major leagues in 2002 with Astros and 2004 with the Diamondbacks. He spent 19 seasons in the minor leagues, including four seasons in the Astros system. Since retiring from baseball, Zinter has served as hitting coaching in Arizona's minor league system from 2008-2011. Most recently, he was the hitting coordinator for the Indians from 2012-2014.