Astros swap coaching staffs against Cards
The Astros are swapping their coaching staffs for Friday’s game against the Cardinals, with the Major League coaching staff working a Minor League game on the back fields and the coaching staffs of the Double-A Corpus Christi, Class A Lexington and Class A Quad Cities working the Major League game against St. Louis. The Triple-A staff has been in Major League camp for most of the spring.
The idea came from manager Bo Porter, who plans to manage the Major League game against the Cardinals while bench coach Eduardo Perez, first base coach Dave Clark, third base coach Dave Trembley, hitting coach John Mallee, pitching coach Doug Brocail and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez work on the Minor League side.
“One of the biggest things in your organization is your ability to properly evaluate your own players,” Porter said. “We see this as an opportunity to allow our Minor League staff that was not in big league camp, it gives them an opportunity to come over and throw batting practice to Major League hitters, coach a Major League game, see our players, see other team’s players. When they’re now charged with doing reports, they have a recent comparable. They can say, ‘This is what a Major League third baseman looks like; this is what a Major League center fielder looks like; this is what a Major League starting pitcher looks like, this is what a Major League catcher looks like.’”
“Now, when they start to evaluate our players, they can probably write a better report or evaluate better because they’ve been able to witness it. They play games the same time we play games and they never get to witness it for their own two eyes. It was something that I talked to Eduardo and [general manager] Jeff [Luhnow] and the rest of the staff and [director of player development] Quinton McCracken and [field director] Paul Runge about, and I ran it by all of them and there were like, ‘No, it sounds like a great idea.’ I felt it was something that needed to happen at some point this spring and it made the most sense to do it today.”