The Astros released the following statement today regarding the recent passing of former player, scout and Houston native Joe Pittman. He was 60 years old:
"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Pittman, who was a member of the Astros organization for many years as a player, scout and minor league instructor. To those that played with him, Joe was known as a fun and enthusiastic individual that brought energy to the ballclub. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joe's family and many friends throughout the game and beyond."
An infielder, Pittman, who had the nickname "Shoes", was drafted by the Astros in 1975 and played for the Major League club for two seasons (1981-82). He also played in the Major Leagues for San Diego (1982) and San Francisco (1984). He later served as a scout for the Astros from 1988-2003, which included a stint as a minor league instructor in 1996.