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Former Astros third baseman replaces Gaetti on Major League staff

HOUSTON, TX ? The Houston Astros announced today that the club has named Sean Berry interim hitting coach. Berry replaces Gary Gaetti, who has been relieved of his duties. The announcement was made by General Manager Tim Purpura.

Berry was in his second year in the role of minor league hitting coordinator for the Houston organization. He spent the previous two seasons (2003-04) on the coaching staff at Double A Round Rock.

A veteran of 11 Major League seasons, Berry was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the June 1986 draft. He made his big league debut with the Royals in 1990 and played parts of two seasons with Kansas City before being traded to Montreal (1992-95). Following the 1995 campaign, Berry was traded to the Astros, where he batted .283 with 39 home runs and 190 RBI during three seasons at third base from 1996-98. His posted his best season with the Astros in 1996, when he hit .281 with 17 home runs and 95 RBI. He concluded his career with parts of two seasons in Milwaukee (1999-2000) and Boston (2000).

Gaetti spent the last two seasons as the Astros hitting coach, joining the club in July of 2004. He began his coaching career in the Houston organization in 2002 as a member of the Triple A New Orleans staff. During his 20-year big league career, he played for six different teams: the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox.


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Gotta say I tend to agree w/ foxsports on this one. Sounds like a bad move. If you blame Gaetti for Lane you have to give him credit for Burke and Lamb’s breakouts too. Blaming him for Everett is silly (he’s actually improving a bit it seems). Ausmus and Taveras likewise don’t really seem to be his fault, as Ausmus is usually weak before the break (and what the heck happened for the first several weeks w/ him?) Taveras also had struggles for a good bit of the year before. Ensberg is more likely than not still suffering from injuries (he’s played hurt before w/o letting on). What exactly was Gaetti’s big fault here? Lane is about the only one you can really point a finger for.

I don’t think you can blame Gaetti for any of the Astros hitting problems.. IMO, once you get to the big leagues, you can either hit, or you can’t… I don’t think a hitting coach(normally) will change a sub-par hitter into a good hitter. I think letting Gaetti go is more of a shake things up move than a you’ve failed as a hitting coach move.. someone had to go and unfortunately for Gaetti.. it was him.

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