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Mike Barnett replaces Jeff Bagwell as Astros hitting coach

Nov 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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After spending the second half as the Astros’ hitting coach Jeff Bagwell stepped down from the position last month, citing the need to spend more time with his family and the longer-than-expected hours involved in the job.

Today the Astros announced that Mike Barnett will replace Bagwell as hitting coach, putting him in charge of an offense that ranked dead last or second-worst among NL teams in runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, walks, and homers.

Barnett has spent the past two seasons as the Astros’ minor league hitting coordinator, so he’s worked with most of the young players on the roster already, and before that he had multi-year stints as hitting coach for the Royals and Blue Jays.

  1. Adam - Nov 5, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    So, just so I understand this, they take the guy who’s been teaching the players who can’t hit in the minors and put him in the majors so he can continue to teach them to not hit?

    At some point doesn’t a new voice sound like a good idea?

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