Coach Joe Espada is a ‘good name’ for Mets Job
It’s another offseason, and Astros coach Joe Espada is back in management rumors.
In 2020, Jim Crane and the Houston Astros let go of manager AJ Hinch in light of the 2017 sign-stealing scandal. As a result, general manager Jeff Luhnow was also fired, leaving the Astros with two vacancies.
Crane could have turned to bench coach Joe Espada, one of Hinch’s assistants, but he went with experienced Dusty Baker, a player’s coach. Like Alex Cora, who became manager of the Boston Red Sox again, Espada has been called upon by other organizations in the past. But, he never left the Astros.
Now it’s a new offseason, and Espada’s name is back in the conversation about vacant leadership positions. This time Jon Heyman of the MLB Network the name dropped Espada into a New York Mets’ coaching squad.
From the roster, Heyman also mentioned former Astros wide receiver Brad Ausmus, but identified Buck Showalter as the most qualified.
Espada, now 46, has yet to coach at the major league level, while coaching since 2010. He was with the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees, before stumbling to Houston in 2018.
After the 2018 season, Espada went for an interview for the Texas Rangers management position but was not selected. The following year he was a favorite for the Chicago Cubs job but finished second behind David Ross, one of the franchise’s heroes in 2016.
It would be up to the Astros to keep an excellent baseball spirit like Espada in the dugout, especially with his knowledge on the pitch. But if the opportunity presents itself in New York, how can you say no?
Espada would be the best option to succeed Baker, who was Baseball America’s Manager of the Year, if the Astros part ways with him after the 2022 season, but it looks like another winter where Espada will flirt with the idea of leaving. . .
Other news from the coaches of Astros:
Last week, the Astros hired a new director of player development, Sara Goodrum. Goodrum was most recently the minor league hitting coordinator for the Milwaukee Brewers.
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