Perez leaves Astros
Eduardo Perez, who served last season as the Astros bench coach and was set to be their third base coach this season, will not return to the team in 2014. Perez told the Astros last week he was resigning to spend more time with his family.
Pat Listach, who was hired last year to coach first base, will move to third base. The Astros are interviewing for a first-base coach and have offered the job to Tarrik Brock, though nothing is final. He was the Marlins’ Minor League outfield and baserunning coordinator.
Perez joined the Astros prior to last season as manager Bo Porter’s bench coach, but was set to move to the third-base box in ’14. Dave Trembley, who was the third-base coach last year, will be the bench coach this year.
Following last season the Astros named Brent Strom pitching coach, Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach and Ralph Dickenson as assistant hitting coach. Listach was hired to coach first, but will move across the diamond to third in the wake of the Perez departure.
John Mallee is returning as hitting coach for the second year.