Excerpts from an interview Friday with Houston manager Bo Porter.
Porter on new coach Dave Trembley: His baseball career and résumé pretty much speaks for itself. You can Google him and look at his résumé and it’ll tell you what he’s done and what he’s done in this game. But more importantly, I’ve worked with him. I was one of his players. I watched him teach. He actually played a major role in my development, so I know he knows how to teach. Which, when you look at our situation, having a guy of his background, his ability, it’s going to bode well for our organization. He’s a former manager in the major leagues, in the American League. He’s been in baseball for 26 some-odd years. He’s a very articulate person, he’s a very detail-oriented person – a lot of the things that I look at as basically key components of getting where it is we’re trying to go at an accelerated pace.
BY GEORGE CASTLE Times Correspondent
The Houston Astros have hired John Mallee as their new big-league hitting coach, Mallee confirmed Friday.
Mallee, the longtime Schererville pro and amateur batting instructor, had four employment offers in the last two weeks — from the Cubs, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians.
He picked the Astros because of his long-standing relationship with new manager Bo Porter.
HOUSTON – The Houston Astros have hired John Mallee as hitting coach and added Dave Trembley to the coaching staff.
The team said Friday that Doug Brocail will return as pitching coach and the team is bringing back Dave Clark. General manager said the exact jobs for Trembley and Clark will be announced later.
The Astros have lost 100 games the last two seasons and have a new manager in Bo Porter.
Mallee, 43, was the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins while Trembley, 60, spent the last two seasons with the Atlanta Braves. In 2000 with the Cubs, Trembley managed Porter in Porter’s first season in the majors.
The Astros also named Quinton McCracken as their new director of player development and promoted Allen Rowin to be his assistant.
By John Burbridge
John Mallee’s unexpected summer vacation isn’t permanent after all. The Schereville man was removed as the Florida Marlins’ hitting coach on June 8, but is now back in major league baseball.
“It was great to finally get a chance to see my sons (Austin, 7, and Johnny, 12) play baseball this year,” Mallee said, “but I’m so happy to be back in the game.”
Mallee accepted the position of senior adviser for baseball operations with the Toronto Blue Jays late last week after weighing several offers from different teams.
John Mallee’s team is doing all right, thank you.
“We went to Wisconsin Dells for a (Father’s Day weekend) tournament,” Mallee said of the NWI Shockers youth baseball program he founded. “Four out of our six teams came back with championships.”
Mallee’s other team — or former team — is in a bit of a quagmire. But don’t blame Mallee, at least not anymore.