The Houston Astros have made some changes to the club’s coaching staff following the franchise’s first ever World Series title, promoting three to new positions.
Jeff Albert was named as the Astros’ new assistant hitting coach, taking the place of Alonzo Powell, who was hired as the hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants. Alex Cintron is moving from Spanish translator to first base coach in place of Rich Dauer while Doug White has been added as bullpen coach in place of Craig Bjornson, who moved to a similar position with the Boston Red Sox.
Dauer, who has spent more than 40 years in baseball as a player or coach, has been the Astros’ first base coach for the last three seasons. Following brain surgery, Dauer is expected to retire prior to the 2018 season.
“We are thankful to Richie for his contributions to our ballclub,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I was fortunate to have Richie as a coach when I played and to have him as part of my staff. He has had a long and successful career in baseball, and we wish he and his wife, Chris, nothing but the best.”
The 38-year-old Cintron spent last season with the Astros, serving as an assistant coach in addition to his duties as a translator. He played nine seasons in the big leagues, retiring at 30 after finishing with the Washington Nationals back in 2009. Albert was the Astros’ minor league hitting coordinator for the last four seasons after previously spending five years as a hitting coach in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league system.