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[Astros.Com] Astros hire former Red Sox pitching coach Dave Wallace as pitching coach

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by rikesh316, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. rikesh316

    rikesh316 Member

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    http://houston.astros.mlb.com/NASAp...ent_id=1740324&vkey=pr_hou&fext=.jsp&c_id=hou

    HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced today that the club has hired Dave Wallace as the team's pitching coach for the 2007 season. The announcement was made by General Manager Tim Purpura.
    Wallace, 59, spent the last four seasons (2003-06) as the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox, including the 2004 World Series champion club. Before his tenure with the Red Sox, Wallace also served as the Major League pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1995-97) and the New York Mets (N.L. championship season of 2000). He served as a minor league pitching coach in the Dodgers organization for 14 seasons from 1981-94, including stints with Class A Vero Beach (1981-82), Double A San Antonio (1983), Triple A Albuquerque (1984-86), and as the organization's minor league pitching instructor from 1987-94.

    "We are pleased to bring such a tremendous pitching coach and teacher to our organization with the hiring of Dave Wallace as our Major League pitching coach," said Purpura. "Dave has a remarkable background as a successful pitching coach at all levels of the game, and he will serve as a key member of our staff as we work toward our goal of returning to the playoffs in 2007."

    Wallace also spent several seasons in the front office with the Dodgers organization, including serving as interim general manager from April-October of 2001. He also served as a special assistant to the general manager in the off-season of 2000 and as the senior vice-president of baseball operations during the 2002 season.

    "I am excited to join an organization that has such a strong winning tradition," said Wallace. "The Astros have always had a high standard for pitching, and I look forward to working with such a talented group."
     
  2. leroy

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    I don't know much about him other than he's been the pitching coach for some successful teams. Hopefully he does better to work with the younger pitchers on the staff when they come up.

    I think I saw that Hickey signed on to be a minor league pitching coach with the D-Rays. How many people said that his firing would come back to haunt the Astros?
     
  3. GBRocket

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    How does that haunt us? He couldn't stay unemployed forever. The fact that he signed on as a minor league coach tells me we did the right thing.
     
  4. xiki

    xiki Contributing Member

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    I wish him a great health year after his physical travails of last year.
     
  5. leroy

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    I was merely pointing out the fact that there were some saying that the firing of Hickey would some how come back to haunt the Astros.

    Sorry for not using the [sarcasm] tags.
     
  6. rrj_gamz

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    I guess this is ok...Josh sucked last year, although I can't say it was this guys fault...Better than Hickey, I guess we'll see...
     
  7. xiki

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    The guy wasn't there (until late in the season) as he was quite ill.
     
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