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Bagwell won't return as Astros hitting coach

Posted on: October 23, 2010 4:56 pm
Jeff Bagwell
When the Astros offered two-year extensions in September to their entire coaching staff, only one didn't sign on. Hitting coach Jeff Bagwell, who was named to his position in July, said he wanted to talk it over with his family first.

Well, it looks like the family vote was for dad to stay at home, as Bagwell on Saturday informed the Astros he wouldn't be returning as hitting coach. He will go back to his old role, as special assistant to general manager Ed Wade.

Bagwell, a legendary Astros player who was in Houston from 1991-2005, was pressed into service when the team fired Sean Berry on July 11.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Bagwell told the Houston Chronicle. “I enjoyed my time as hitting coach a great deal. The players were great, and I can’t think of a better coaching staff to work with. They were outstanding.

"At this point in time, I’m unable to commit to a full season of putting in the time that is necessary to be effective in that role. But, I do look forward to continuing to work with the Astros.”

The Astros did not name a replacement, and said they'll begin searching for a new coach immediately.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:00 am

Bagwell won't return as Astros hitting coach

Well, this stinks for the Astros.

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