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Astros name Kranitz as Minor League pitching coordinator; Sedar as OF/baserunning instructor
11/01/2010 7:36 PM ET
HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have named Rick Kranitz as Minor League Pitching Coordinator and Ed Sedar as Minor League Outfield/Baserunning Instructor, Director of Player Development Fred Nelson announced today.

Kranitz, 52, had been a Major League pitching coach for the past five seasons (2006-10), spending the last three years with the Baltimore Orioles. Prior to joining Baltimore, Kranitz was the Florida Marlins pitching coach for two seasons (2006-07), during which time the Marlins had the third-best starter's ERA (4.22) in the National League. His 2006 Marlins staff was the first in Major League history to have four rookies earn at least 10 victories each. After that season, Kranitz was named Major League Coach of the Year by Baseball America.

"Rick adds a wealth of knowledge and experience to our development system," Nelson said. "He has a reputation for developing young pitchers and the understanding of what it takes to pitch in the Major Leagues. We are fortunate to have someone of Rick's caliber join our organization."

Prior to joining the Marlins, Kranitz spent 22 seasons coaching in the Chicago Cubs organization, including two seasons (1994-95) as their Minor League Pitching Coordinator and three seasons (1996-98) as the Assistant Pitching Coach for the Cubs Major League club. Kranitz pitched five seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system (1979-84) after being drafted in the fourth round of the 1979 June Draft. The highlight of his career was when he tossed a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts for Class A Stockton in 1981.

Sedar, 49, had been the first base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers for the past four seasons (2007-10). Prior to that, he had worked in the Brewers minor league system in several capacities from 1992-2006, including stints as Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator, Field Coordinator and as manager of their Ogen (1998-2001) and Helena (2003, 2005-06) Rookie Level clubs. Sedar was named 2003 Pioneer League Manager of the Year after leading Helena to a league-best 48-28 mark.

"Ed is a quality teacher who brings passion and experience to his role as our Outfield/Baserunning Instructor," Nelson commented. "He has served in a similar role with the Brewers at both the Major League and minor league level and we look forward to having Ed's leadership on our staff."

A former outfielder, Sedar played eight seasons (1981-88) in the Chicago White Sox minor league system.

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