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Astros hire Tarrik Brock as first base coach


HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have hired Tarrik Brock as first base coach, Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. Pat Listach, who was hired as first base coach on Oct. 22, will become the club's third base coach. Eduardo Perez is not returning for the 2014 season.

Brock, 40, comes to the Astros from the Marlins, where he has spent the last seven seasons as the club's minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator. Brock spent part of the 2010 season as the Florida Marlins interim first base coach, and worked with Astros manager Bo Porter in the Marlins organization for four seasons from 2006-09. After a 13-year professional playing career, Brock began his coaching career in 2006 as a hitting coach for Rookie Level Ogden. The former outfielder played in the Majors with the Cubs in 2000, and spent time in the Tigers (1991-96), Mariners (1997-98), Rockies (1999), Cubs (1999-2000) and Dodgers (2002-03) minor league systems. He was drafted by Detroit in the second round of the June 1991 draft out of Hawthorne High School in California.

Listach, 46, joined the Astros from the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he served as the organization's minor league infield coordinator in 2013. Prior to last season, Listach coached on the Major League staffs for the Chicago Cubs (2011-12) and Washington Nationals (2009-10) for two years apiece. He also has nine years of minor league coaching experience in the Cubs system from 2000-08. Listach played in six Major League seasons, which included time with the Milwaukee Brewers (1992-96) and the Astros (1997), and was named the 1992 American League Rookie of the Year. He is a resident of nearby Spring, TX.

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