Astros invite entire coaching staff to return

Astros invite entire coaching staff to return

CINCINNATI -- While Astros hitting coach Mike Barnett was thrilled to learn Tuesday he would be returning for the 2012 season, pitching coach Doug Brocail said he would have to consult with his wife and daughters before making a decision on his future.

Astros general manager Ed Wade on Tuesday informed the entire coaching staff it was welcome to return next season. All of the coaches, with the exception of Barnett and Brocail, already had contracts for next year. Brocail said he'd give the Astros an answer before the regular season ends.

"As of right now, I need to really sit down and talk with momma and the kids," said Brocail, who took over in June when Brad Arnsberg was let go. "Everybody knows I love the job. Big-league jobs don't come everyday. I told her we'd sit down and talk about it and figure out something that's hopefully compatible and go from there. When I retired I wanted to include her. It's a big decision, and I'll have an answer for them soon."

Bench coach Al Pedrique, first base coach Bobby Meacham, third base coach Dave Clark and bullpen coach Jamie Quirk are completing the first year of two-year contracts. Manager Brad Mills is under contract for next season and has an option for 2013.

"We think they've done a real solid job when you take into consideration we have so many of the developing players on this team," Wade said. "They've really put their best foot forward to make each and every guy better."

Perhaps Barnett's biggest task for 2012 will be the continued progression of second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Jimmy Paredes and left fielder J.D. Martinez. All three were called up from Double-A Corpus Christi around the Trade Deadline to make their Major League debuts.

"I'm happy to be coming back and [continuing] to work with these young guys," Barnett said. "We've got a lot of work to do, there's no doubt. It's a fun challenge, and these kids are doing a nice job battling away. We've just to go finish up strong and get into the offseason. I think we've learned a lot to this point and we have a lot more learning to do."