A look at Astros managerial candidates Dave Clark and Al Pedrique

In an effort to give you a better understanding of the men who are coming to interview for the Astros’ full-time managerial job, this blog will be home to bios of the potential candidates on the day they are scheduled to interview. In case you missed it, here is the interview schedule:

     Wednesday: 10 a.m.-Dave Clark; 1:30 p.m.-Al Pedrique
     Thursday: 10 a.m.-Ned Yost; 1:30 p.m.-Randy Ready
     Friday: 10 a.m.-Bob Melvin; 1:30 p.m.-Manny Acta
     Saturday: 10 a.m.-Phil Garner
     Monday: 10 a.m.-Brad Mills; 1:30 p.m.-Tim Bogar

Clark, the Astros’ interim manager, and Pedrique, the Astros’ Minor League field coordinator, are pretty familiar to Astros fans, but hopefully these bios will help everyone get to know the candidates better in advance on their interviews. The first interviews are Wednesday, but here are the bios of the first two candidates:

     Dave Clark
     Age: 47
     Hometown: Tupelo, Miss.
     College: Jackson State
     Most recent job: Astros interim manager (after spending most of season as third-base coach).
     Previous Major League managing experience: Went 4-9 in final 13 games with Astros this year.
     Major League managing record: 4-9.
     Minor League managing experience: Made managerial debut in 2003 at Class-A Lynchburg in Carolina League and was named league’s Manager of the Year. In 2004, he managed at Class-A Hickory in the Pittsburgh organization and went 85-55 and won the South Atlantic League title. The Astros hired him in 2005 and he managed for three years at Double-A Corpus Christi, leading the Hooks to the 2006 Texas League title and winning Manager of the Year honors. He managed at Triple-A Round Rock in 2008 and went 64-79.
     Minor League managing record: 432-405.
     Playing experience: Played 13 seasons in Major Leagues, ending his career with the Astros in 1998. He’s a career .264 hitter with 62 homers and 284 RBIs in 905 games. He was originally selected in first round (11th pick overall) in 1983 draft by Cleveland.
     Did you know: Clark was 26-0 as a Golden Gloves boxer while in high school?
     What GM Ed Wade said: “I was impressed with the work he did at Triple-A a year ago. I thought he did a very solid job as third-base coach, and I was favorably impressed with him as both as a coach and an interim manager.”

     Al Pedrique
     Age: 49
     Hometown: Valencia, Venezuela
     College: None
     Most recent job: Astros’ Minor League field coordinator.
     Previous Major League managing experience: Went 22-61 in second half of season for Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004.
     Major League managing record: 22-61.
     Minor League managing experience:  He managed for eight years in the Minors, posting back-to-back winning seasons in 2002-03 at Double-A Tucson in his final two seasons as skipper. He began managing in 1995 and guided the Astros’ Class-A affiliate in Michigan in 1999-2000, winning the Midwest league title in 2000. He’s also managed in the Venezuelan Winter League and the Arizona Fall League. 
     Minor League managing record: 463-433.
     Playing experience: Pedrique played three seasons in the Major Leagues and hit .247 with one home run in 174 games with the New York Mets, Pittsburgh and Detroit.
     Did you know: Pedrique was the starting shortstop for the National League All-Star team in the original RBI Baseball video game by Nintendo?
     What GM Ed Wade said: “Al was here as an administrative coach when I got here and I was impressed enough with what he did that we made him field coordinator, which is a critical part of our organization. Al’s done a great job in that role and relates well with people. He’s stern when he has to be and is willing to teach, which is important.”

1 Comment

The comments section on the actual story was a little crowded, so I decided to vent here. Mr. Wade, and Mr. McClane, Jose Cruz was here long before you got here, and he’ll be here long after you’re gone and forgotten. This “team” you put together did not stink because Jose Cruz was the first base coach. Leave him there, right where he belongs. He’s earned the RIGHT to decide when he retires. You have not. Neither one of you. Period. You need to change your minds or change your address.

Drayton McClane, this is the lowest you’ve sunk yet. Jose Cruz is more than an icon, and more than just a beloved former player. He’s a connection to our past. He’s a reason to come to the ballpark. Every time a fan looks at him, that fan remembers a cherished moment from the last 35 years. If your sense of public relations isn’t any better than this, perhaps it’s time you sold the team.

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