Astros hire Zinter as assistant hitting coach
The Astros have hired former Major Leaguer Alan Zinter as their assistant hitting coach, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. He had been serving as the Minor League hitting coordinator for the Cleveland Indians.
Zinter appeared in 67 career games – 39 with the Astros in 2002 and 28 with Arizona in 2004 –and has a solid reputation in baseball circles.
“There’s a lot of people in our organization that know him well,” Luhnow said. “He’s really developed as a hitting coach in Cleveland and he came strongly recommended. We’re happy to have him. He’s going to be a great complement to [hitting coach] Dave Hudgens and a good addition to our coaching staff.”
Ralph Dickenson, who served in the assistant hitting coach role last season, will be a roving Minor League instruction, joining Jeff Albert. The hiring of Zinter rounds out the Astros coaching staff.
Here is manager A.J. Hinch’s coaching staff.
Bench coach: Trey Hillman
First base coach: Rich Dauer
Third base coach: Gary Pettis
Hitting coach: Dave Hudgens
Assistant hitting coach: Alan Zinter
Pitching coach: Brent Strom
Bullpen coach: Craig Bjornson