Dennis Martinez (bullpen coach) and Eduardo Perez (bench coach) were announced today as the final members of Bo Porter‘s staff. Martinez brings 23 years of experience as a player and six more years as a minor league pitching coach to the Astros bullpen. “El Presidente” spent the last six seasons coaching in the Cardinals organization where he apparently made a good impression on Jeff Luhnow.
Perez, a former big leaguer and the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, most recently worked as the hitting instructor for the Marlins. He has also been a manager in the Puerto Rican winter league and will manage the Columbian team as they attempt to qualify for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Martinez will also be managing in the WBC tournament. He will skipper the team from his homeland, Nicaragua.
John Mallee was hired last month as the Astros hitting coach and Doug Brocail is staying on as pitching coach. Now the rest of the coaches have been given defined roles. Dave Clark will be the first base coach and Dave Trembley will take Clark’s former position of third base coach. Tony DeFrancesco, who finished the 2012 season as the Astros interim manager, will return to Oklahoma City to manage the AAA RedHawks.