Former Astro Pittman passes away at age 60

HOUSTON -- Houston native Joe Pittman, a former player, scout and longtime member of the Astros' organization, has passed away at the age of 60.

An infielder, Pittman was drafted by the Astros in 1975 and played for the club for two seasons (1981-82). Known as "Shoes," he also played in the Major Leagues for San Diego ('82) and San Francisco ('84). Pittman later served as a scout for the Astros from 1988-2003, which included a stint as a Minor League instructor in 1996.

The Astros released a statement Saturday that said, "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 ball club. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joe's family and many friends throughout the game and beyond."

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.