Here’s Why Joe Espada May Not Be Houston Astros’ Priority for Head Coach Position

Published 12/20/2021, 12:02 PM EST


The Houston Astros missed out on their World Series title, facing defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Braves in 2021. Hence, apart from strengthening their team now, the Astros front office also intends on making changes in their coaching staff.

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46-year-old Joe Espada has been part of the Astros for a while now as the bench coach. However, recent reports state that his future promotion to the head coach role now stands in doubt.

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Joe Espada lost huge positions

Joe Espada has been part of the Houston Astros since 2018. Before joining the Astros, Joe had experience in coaching the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins, while he himself was also an active player till 2005. When Astros’ manager, A.J.Hinch, was fired, Joe was expected to take over after him.

However, the Astros front office brought in veteran manager, Dusty Baker. Since then, Joe has been the bench coach for the team. According to Jon Heyman’s report, the Astros are expected to make a huge managerial hire soon, but their focus is not on Joe.

Jon tweeted, ”A’s are closing in on a managerial hire and the focus appears to be on Mark Kotsay, their current 3B coach and a longtime major league outfielder.”

Recently, Jon was interviewed for the managerial position of the New York Mets; however, he was not selected. Notably, this was not the first time he was the frontrunner for a role, but lost out, regardless. Back in 2019, he was the top contender for the Cubs manager position but was outclassed by Ross in a mock 2020 spring training team speech.

 

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Joe Espada vs Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker

While Joe might not have landed a promotion yet, he has always been on the target of big teams; especially for the manager’s position. When now 72-year-old Dusty Baker was signed, many questioned the move. Although Dusty has helped the team’s image drastically since he joined, one cannot ignore the age factor here.

Oct 22, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) looks on in the eighth inning during game six of the 2021 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Dusty is not a long-term investment for the Astros managerial office; however, Joe could be. In fact, Joe was considered the successor to A. J. Hinch. After one too many rejections, what you do think the future has in store for Joe Espada?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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