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Tarrik Brock replaces Eduardo Perez on coaching staff


The Astros have announced the hiring of Tarrik Brock as the team’s new first-base coach. The opening was created when Eduardo Perez abruptly resigned last week.

Brock, whose big league career consists of a cup of coffee with the Cubs in 2000, has been a minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator for the Marlins for the past seven seasons. He also spent part of the 2010 season as the Marlins’ first-base coach. So, at least he has a little bit of experience in that capacity.

Pat Listach, who was hired earlier this offseason to coach first-base, will move across the diamond to coach third. Listach also figures to help coach up the infielders on defense while Brock does the same with the outfielders.

Perez, a 13-year MLB veteran and the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez, said his reason for resigning was to spend more time with his family. But I think he will be back on a big league coaching staff by the 2015 season. Perez was essentially demoted to third-base coach after spending last season as Bo Porter‘s bench coach. I don’t think that sat very well with Eduardo.

Perez spent two winters managing in Puerto Rico and was named Manager of the Year there in 2008. He also managed the Columbian team in the 2013 WBC qualifiers. He is highly respected around the league and has been touted as a future big league manager. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but Perez appeared to find his way into Bo Porter’s doghouse. I wouldn’t expect to see him back in Houston any time soon.

Eduardo Perez (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)