Former Astros Catcher Hank Conger is Back in MLB

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Hank Conger was a vibrant spirit inside the Houston Astros‘ 2015 dugout, as they pushed for their first postseason appearance in the American League. The catcher only played one season in Houston, before being purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays after the ’15 season.

Conger hit 11 home runs for the Astros in 2015, while doing his robot dance every chance he could in the dugout. The backstop wasn’t as strong behind the dish with a -7 Defensive Runs Saved, after having 18 Defensive Runs Saved the season before with the Los Angeles Angels.

The 2016 season was Conger’s last at the major-league level, while last season we at Climbing Tal’s Hill took a look back at his journey after leaving the Astros. Now, the 33-year-old is back in Major League Baseball as the Minnesota Twins’ catching and first base coach.

Former Astros’ catcher Hank Conger has signed to be the Twins’ catching and first base coach.

After his final major-league season in 2016, Conger signed a minor-league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017, but he never made it out of Triple-A and was eventually released in July of that year.

Conger took a spin in the Mexican Baseball League with the Pericos de Puebla in May of 2018, but he didn’t last the dog days of summer and was released in July. This was the end to Conger’s professional baseball career.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the California native signed to be on the Lotte Giants coaching staff in the Korea Baseball Organization. Conger was on the coaching staff as their new catching coach.

Now, Conger returns to Major League Baseball with the Twins as their catching and first base coach, while the franchise shuffles their coaching staff.

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