Mike Barnett will be the Houston Astros hitting coach in 2011 after serving as their minor league hitting coach the past two seasons. Barnett has a strong resume in terms of experience and is familiar with most of Houston’s hitter having worked in the organization. His familiarity was certainly a key to his hire. Let’s look at some of his past gigs:
I have no reason to feel pessimistic about this move. Barnett has knowledge of Houston’s hitters and seems to be highly respected by both Brad Mills and Ed Wade. It won’t be easy to fill the shoes of one of the organization’s biggest icons but this Barnett’s been a major league hitting coach before. And if he can get Jason Castro, Brett Wallace, Tommy Manzella, and the rest of the Astros to hit…he just may be an icon himself.