Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:05 pm
Last week, it was hitting coaches, and then a manager.
Tuesday, two teams changed pitching coaches.
The circumstances were different. The Astros, who have the second-worst team ERA in the majors, fired Brad Arnsberg and replaced him with Doug Brocail. The Orioles announced that Mark Connor has resigned, and that Rick Adair would take over for him.
The Orioles said that Connor resigned for personal reasons, and MASN sports reported that the 61-year-old Connor "was dealing with physical issues that he couldn't overcome."
Adair, a former big-league pitching coach in Detroit and Seattle, had been the Orioles' bullpen coach, so the transition should be smooth. Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail told MASN that he had considered Adair and Connor to be "dual pitching coaches."
Brocail has never coached before. He joined the Astros front office last year, when he retired after a 15-year big-league career.
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:16 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 12:33 pm
Last week it was hitting coaches, and then a manager.
Now, the Astros have fired pitching coach Brad Arnsberg.
The team announced Tuesday that Doug Brocail will replace Arnsberg, on an interim basis.
Arnsberg, formerly the pitching coach with the Expos, Marlins and Blue Jays, joined the Astros last year, along with manager Brad Mills. But the Astros are 25-42, the worst record in baseball, and their team ERA is 4.69, 29th in baseball (the Cubs are 30th).
Brocail joined the Astros front office after retiring at the end of the 2009 season.
Posted on: December 2, 2008 4:41 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2008 4:52 pm
Free agent reliever Doug Brocail has re-signed with the Astros, CBSSports.com has learned.
Brocail will receive the same $2.5 million he got in 2008. The Astros had previously declined a $3.25 million option, and Monday they declined to offer arbitration. The 41-year-old right-hander made 72 appearances with a 3.93 ERA.
While there has been talk that Houston will have to cut payroll this winter, Astros officials have been telling people that so far that's not the case. As of now, they're not interested in trading closer Jose Valverde or third baseman Ty Wigginton, although they acknowledge that could change if owner Drayton McLane orders a budget cut.
For now, the Astros are still looking to add, at least a little. They weren't interested in dealing for Jake Peavy and they say they're not interested in signing Ben Sheets, but Monday, they reached agreement with left-hander Mike Hampton.