Pettini out as Astros bench coach
Joe Pettini, who spent last season as the bench coach under manager Brad Mills, confirmed in a text message to MLB.com on Thursday he will not return next year. Pettini came to the Astros after spending 10 seasons as the bench coach under Tony La Russa in St. Louis, where he won two World Series titles.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow wouldn’t confirm Pettini’s departure, writing in a text message no staff announcements have been made. Earlier in the day, Luhnow said he and new manager Bo Porter were in the process of finalizing the coaching staff for 2013, a process he hoped to wrap up within a week.
“We have been spending a lot of time on staff, both Bo and myself and other people, and I feel like we’re probably a few days away from beginning to finalize some deals, but I feel like it’s still going to be a week or two before we have the whole staff complete,” Luhnow said.
Pettini, 58, chose to leave the Cardinals for Houston after more than 25 years as a player and coach in the organization for a chance to reunite with Luhnow, who had spent the previous eight years with the Cardinals.