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Astros fire bench coach Joe Pettini

Oct 19, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

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Not surprisingly new Astros manager Bo Porter wants to assemble his own coaching staff and Houston has parted ways with bench coach Joe Pettini, according to Brian McTaggart of

Pettini spent 10 years as Tony La Russa’s bench coach in St. Louis, where he worked with current Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, and when La Russa retired Luhnow hired Pettini to join then-manager Brad Mills‘ staff.

It’ll be interesting to see if returning to the Cardinals is an option for Pettini now that La Russa is gone.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Oct 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    It’ll also be interesting to see if Bo Porter poaches any of his fellow Nats coaches.

  2. circuscivics - Oct 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Yes! they finally figured it out. they sucked for the last two seasons because of the bench coach. whew…I’m glad this will get them back to the top of the division. Joe Pettini was definitely the reason they sucked so much. Problem solved.

    • stex52 - Oct 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      You obviously haven’t been paying attention. They fired their whole management staff, a large fraction of their scouting staff, virtually all of their field staff; hell, they’re even firing announcers like crazy.

      The hard part in the near future is going to be finding anyone on the Astros who has been there more than two years.

  3. hbklane - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    I’m pretty sure Pettini was let go in STL for being critical of the Mozeliak. I’d be surprised if he returned.

    • paperlions - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      That’s the thing though…isn’t it? Different organizations have different philosophies about scouting, analysis, player development, etc. If your philosophy on those issues are not consistent with the organization you work for….you probably need to find an organization whose approach to baseball is consistent with your own. I don’t think that’s a reason for a coach/scout/FO person to be bitter….it’s just a reality.

    • hbklane - Oct 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      Nevermind. I’m confusing my coaches. Pettini wasn’t fired for criticizing the GM, it was bullpen coach Marty Mason.

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