Astros coaches to return in '09

Astros coaches to return in '09

HOUSTON -- The entire coaching staff will return in 2009, general manager Ed Wade confirmed on Friday.

The list includes manager Cecil Cooper, who is signed through '09, plus bench coach Jackie Moore, first-base coach Jose Cruz, third-base coach Ed Romero, hitting coach Sean Berry, pitching coach Dewey Robinson and bullpen coach Mark Bailey.

"We talked to the group [Thursday] and told them they're all invited back for next season," Wade said. "We expect all of them to be back. We just let them know in a group setting, and Coop's had one-on-one meetings with each of them in the last week.

"We expect them all to be back in the same roles they're in right now."

Alyson Footer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.