Luhnow lauds coaching staff
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said no decision has been made whether any members of the coaching staff would return next year, but he did give a vote of confidence to hitting coaches John Mallee and Ralph Dickenson, third-base coach Pat Listach, first-base coach Tarrick Brock and pitching coach Brent Strom.
Luhnow is in the process of beginning the search for a full-time manager and bench coach after Bo Porter and Dave Trembley were dismissed Monday. Tom Lawless is serving as interim manager and Adam Everett as interim bench coach.
“Our hitting guys have done a nice job this, as evidenced by [Chris] Carter,” Luhnow said. “[Jose] Altuve, I’m not sure he needs much coaching, but I think they’ve done a nice job cutting back on the strikeouts and getting more production out of the offense.
“Strommy’s done a tremendous job and I’m happy with that. Listach has done a nice job with the infield positioning and making sure our infielders are ready, and T-Brock has done a nice job with the outfielders, so I’m very happy with all of our staff.”
Carter has authored one of the biggest turnarounds of the second half, leading the Majors in homers (22), slugging percentage (.650) and RBIs (52) since July 1, and he has a chance to lead the league in homers. Jose Altuve leads the Majors in hits and batting average.
That being said, Luhnow said the full-time manager could have some say on some of the spots on the coaching staff.
“You have to give your manager the ability to participate in shaping the staff,” he said. “At the same time, we have guys here that are doing well and they know our players and are a fit with our organization. It’s always a point of discussion. It’s something we’re going to ask managerial candidates about, but depending on the candidates, some guys want their own guys and other guys are willing to work with whoever’s there.”