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Astros' coaching staff begins to take shape

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros added John Mallee and Dave Trembley to new manager Bo Porter's staff on Friday.

Mallee will serve as the team's hitting coach, a position he recently held with the Marlins.

The team also retained pitching coach Doug Brocail and is bringing back Dave Clark. The exact positions for Trembley and Clark will be announced at a later time.

"We strive to have the best coaching staff in baseball to teach and develop our players and to instill a winning mindset for our club," said Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. "This is an exceptional group of individuals with varied experiences and proven track records in coaching at the highest levels."

Trembley spent the last two seasons as the minor league field coordinator for the Atlanta Braves. He was Baltimore's manager for parts of four years from 2007-10.

"A manager is only as good as his coaching staff and I'm confident these four will contribute to a terrific staff that can help us accomplish our goals," said Porter. "I played for Dave Trembley and I worked with John Mallee in the past. Doug Brocail and Dave Clark are excellent coaches, who will provide the continuity to the past. These members of our staff give us our best chance to win ballgames and develop winning players."

Brocail just completed his first full year as the Astros pitching coach.

The Astros intend on rounding out the staff with two additional hirings in the coming weeks.

10/19 17:36:22 ET

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