TROY, NY - The Houston Astros announced today the Tri-City ValleyCats field staff for the 2013 season. The 'Cats coaching staff features all new members led by skipper Ed Romero. His staff will consist of Doug White (pitching coach), Russ Steinhorn (hitting coach) and Michael Rendon (athletic trainer).
Romero becomes the sixth manager in ValleyCats history and will be coaching his 21st year of professional baseball. He is four years removed from the Astros Major League staff, having served as the bench coach in 2009 and the third base coach in 2008. He has managed a total of 11 seasons in the minor leagues between the Houston, Milwaukee and San Diego organizations. He spent his last two seasons managing the Gulf Coast League Astros.
White joins the Astros organization after spending his last five seasons as a pitching coach in St. Louis' minor league system. He was with Rookie League Johnson City over his last four seasons and was pitching coach for the Batavia Muckdogs during their 2008 New York-Penn League championship season.
Steinhorn joins the Astros organization from the collegiate ranks, where he most recently served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Delaware State. Prior to that, Steinhorn served on the coaching staff for the Allegany County Nitros in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Rendon returns for his third season in the Astros system and his second as athletic trainer for Tri-City.
Season tickets, mini-plans and flex plans are available for the ValleyCats 2013 season, and may be purchased online at www.tcvalleycats.com, by phone at 518-629-CATS or by visiting the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium box office. The ValleyCats are also currently selling game worn road jerseys from their historic 2012 season through their online team store.