Pettini replaces Pedrique as bench coach
The Astros have hired Joe Pettini as bench coach to replace Al Pedrique, who has resigned. Pettini spent the last 10 years working under Tony La Russa with the Cardinals.
Pedrique, who served as bench coach of the Astros the previous two seasons, said Wednesday he had resigned after refusing a reassignment to become bullpen coach, a position that became open when Jamie Quirk left to become bench coach of the Cubs.
“I’m leaving,” Pedrique said. “I resigned after being told I was going to be the bullpen coach.”
Pedrique was named bench coach prior to the 2010 season and after interviewing for the managerial position that eventually went to Brad Mills. He had been with the organization for seven years, joining the Astros in 2004 as a special assistant to the general manager. In 2009, he served as the Astros Minor League field coordinator and joined the Major League staff in September as third base coach.
Pedrique was named interim manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second half of the 2004 season after opening the year as the team’s third base coach. He has more than 33 years of experience in baseball as a player, coach and manager.
Astros are still searching for a bullpen coach to replace Jamie Quirk, who left to become the bench coach of the Cubs. Hitting coach Mike Barnett, pitching coach Doug Brocail, third base coach Dave Clark and first base coach Bobby Meacham are set to return to the Astros in 2012.