Arnsberg not surprised by decision
Astros pitching coach Brad Arnsberg has been relieved of his duties, general manager Ed Wade announced Monday. He will be replaced on an interim basis by former Astros pitcher Doug Brocail.
The decision to let Arnsberg go was made as a result of philosophical differences, according to a release by the club.
When reached by MLB.com on Tuesday, Arnsberg echoed those sentiments.
“It was philosophical differences between a manager and a general manager and a pitching coach,” Arnsberg told MLB.com via phone. “I don’t want to get into the details. It’s just been kind of rearing its ugly head the last 2-3 weeks, and I guess they felt like they had to make a move for the betterment of the club and the staff. I take it like a man.”
Arnsberg said he wasn’t surprised.
“The last couple of weeks have really been a bear for me going to the ballpark,” he said. “I’m always a fun-loving, free-spirited guy and get along with pretty much everybody, and it just hasn’t been a whole lot of fun over the last two, three or four weeks. That’s not why I intended on staying in this game, and so as far as it being a surprise? I’d have to weigh on the side of no, not really.”
Arnsberg said he plans to return to his home in Arlington, Texas, within the 24 hours and looks forward to spending more time with his family. His oldest son, Kyle, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals last week, and his youngest son, Kaden, is on a summer baseball team.
“I know what I’m going to do when I get home, and that’s become a full-time husband again, which I’m really excited about,” Arnsberg said. “I’m going to be a full-time daddy to a 17-year-old son and get to watch him play a lot of summer league baseball. I’ll just go enjoy my family and become a dad and a husband.”
Arnsberg said he has had an outpouring of support from his players. He talked with Brett Myers on the phone for 15 minutes Tuesday and asked him to talk to some of the players he never got a chance to talk to personally. He said he got a nice text from reliever Brandon Lyon.
“I leave with my head held very, very high,” he said. “I know there’s a majority of the players, and I would say 100 percent of the pitchers, hopefully, that have had a good experience with me as I did them, and I would think they would always have my back no matter what the sitaution.
“The only thing I take credit for is trying to build a family. I know the guys on the pitching staff will have each other’s back.”
Arnsberg had served as the Astros pitching coach since being hired on Oct. 30, 2009 and has been lauded for his work with the pitchers and in the video room. The Astros are second-to-last in the in the NL with a 4.69 ERA.
Brocail, 44, pitched for 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, including four with the Astros. Since retiring after the 2009 season, Brocail has assisted with the evaluation of Major League and Minor League players in the Astros system and has handled some Major League scouting assignments.