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Astros extend contracts of coaching staff09/25/2010 4:22 PM ET
General Manager Ed Wade announced today that the Houston Astros have reached agreement on two-year contracts with all Major League coaches, with the exception of hitting coach Jeff Bagwell, who has been offered a two-year extension, but has asked for time following the season to discuss his situation with his family.
"We are extremely pleased with the jobs that all of our coaches have done this year," said Wade. "Brad Mills has set a great tone and the coaches have worked hand-in-hand with Millsie to make sure that the structure works, that the players are well-prepared and that we are taking advantage of every opportunity to get better. They all are true professionals."
Regarding Bagwell, Wade said, "When Jeff accepted the hitting coach's job during the season, he did so with an understanding that we would both have a chance to reassess the situation at season's end. We have clearly stated to Baggy that we want him to continue in the job and he wants to make sure that his family is on board before committing. We certainly hope the he remains in the role because he's been terrific."
In addition to Bagwell, the Astros Major League coaching staff consists of: Brad Arnsberg (pitching coach), Dave Clark (third-base coach), Bobby Meacham (first-base coach), Al Pedrique (bench coach) and Jamie Quirk (bullpen coach).
Astros manager Brad Mills is signed through 2011 and the Astros hold an option on his contract for the 2012 season.
"Millsie has been incredible," said Wade. "We couldn't be happier with the job he's done. Through good times and bad, he's remained consistent and has earned the respect of everyone, most importantly, the players. Millsie will be a great manager for a long time and we'll get a chance to sit down during the off-season and discuss his situation."
After a 17-34 start to the season through May, the Astros are 57-46 since June 1st. Houston's 38-27 record since the All-Star Break ranks third in the National League. Since August 22, the Astros are 21-11 (.656), which is second-best in the N.L. and third-best in the Majors.
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