The Astros are selling Omar López to bench coach, as first reported by Chandler Rome of the Athletic (X link). He steps into the place vacated by Joe Espada’s promotion to supervisor.
López, 46, has spent practically 1 / 4 century within the Houston group. The Venezuela native started as a scout in his early 20s following a really transient minor league taking part in profession. By 2009, he’d been tabbed as supervisor of one of many group’s rookie ball associates. López managed at varied ranges of the farm system for the following 11 seasons, topping out at Double-A Corpus Christi in 2019.
Going into the 2020 season, Houston bumped López to the MLB employees as first base coach. Initially tabbed beneath A.J. Hinch, he remained in that function following Hinch’s dismissal and the next hiring of Dusty Baker. López has spent the previous 4 seasons engaged on Baker’s employees (and alongside Espada) in that capability. When Baker introduced his retirement shortly after the ALCS, López was floated as a speculative candidate to interchange him.
Espada, who had held the #2 job on the Houston employees for years and interviewed for varied managerial positions with different golf equipment, all the time appeared the likelier candidate for the highest job. Certainly, normal supervisor Dana Brown indicated that Espada could be the one inner choice to obtain an interview and formally employed him a number of days thereafter. That opened the bench coach function for López to imagine the best place of his profession. Whereas he has no MLB managerial expertise, he led the Venezuelan nationwide group on the 2023 World Baseball Basic along with his prolonged run within the minors.
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reviews (on X) that Dave Clark will step into the vacated first base coach function. Clark, who briefly served as an interim supervisor for Houston again in 2009, had most not too long ago been managing the Idaho Falls group within the impartial Pioneer League. In the meantime, McTaggart provides that minor league subject coordinator Jason Bell will be part of the MLB employees as a top quality assurance coach.