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Former Astros catcher and Major League bullpen coach Mark Bailey enters his 17th season as a coach or instructor in the Astros organization, and his first as a roving catching instructor. Last season, Bailey served as a developmental specialist/catching coach with the Class-A Advanced California League Champion Lancaster JetHawks. Prior to his year with the JetHawks, Bailey was the catching coach at Double-A Corpus Christi in 2013 after the Astros created the position during the offseason.

Bailey has been a mainstay in the Astros organization since beginning his coaching career as a hitting coach with the Class A Advanced Kissimmee Cobras in 1998. He has spent a total of seven seasons as a hitting coach in Houston's system, and from 2002-09 spent eight seasons as the Astros Major League bullpen coach where he helped guide the club to the NLCS in 2004 and the World Series in 2005.

Bailey played in parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues with Houston (1984-88) and San Francisco (1990, 1992), and was part of the Astros NL Western Division championship team in 1986. His best season came in 1985 for the Astros, where he played in 114 games and hit .265 with 10 homers and 45 RBI.

Bailey was drafted by Houston as an infielder in the sixth round of the 1982 draft out of Southwest Missouri State, but converted to catcher in the minors. At SMS, he was a three-year letterman in both baseball and basket- ball. He was also a two-time Division II All-American and set career records with 146 RBI and 16 game-winning RBI.

Mark and his wife, Mary Pat, have a son, John Patrick.

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