There have been some rumors and wishes recently about Morgan Ensberg potentially returning to the Astros in an announcing capacity. This is a move that would make sense as the Astros are in dire need of announcers both on the radio and television side. Ensberg is an entertaining and insightful former player who currently does radio work for Sirius/XM. However, that does not seem to be the capacity in which he is returning to the Astros.
Brian McTaggart tweeted this afternoon that, “Morgan Ensberg is returning to the Astros organization as a roving instructor.” Quite simply this is a move that excites me. Ensberg came up through the Astros system, was a key contributor to the Astros World Series run in 2005, and played with the team until 2007. During his time in Houston, Ensberg batted .266 with 105 HR and 335 RBI, reaching the postseason in 2004 and 2005, and he played in the 2005 All-Star game.
McTaggart also tweeted that Adam Everett will be joining the club as a roving instructor as well. Everett played in Houston from 2001 thru 2007 and was also part of those two playoff teams. Although Everett only batted .248 during his stretch with the Astros, his defense was a critical part of the team’s success in that time.
The Astros are a young, growing team and having recent players around the organization can only be viewed as a good thing. Ensberg and Everett both had success with the team and in the city. They know what it takes to achieve what the current Astros are striving for. This gives the Astros major and minor league players a connection to the team’s most recent playoff success. It is nice to see members of the coaching staff have a past allegiance to the team and it is also good for the fans to at least have some familiar faces around during the rebuilding.