Astros hire Alan Zinter as assistant hitting coach

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Alan Zinter is joining the Astros as assistant hitting coach after serving as the Indians’ minor league hitting coordinator for the past three seasons.

Zinter was a first-round draft pick way back in 1989 and played 19 seasons in the minors while also getting a couple brief stints in the majors for the Astros and Diamondbacks.

He’ll work with Dave Hudgens, who was hired as the Astros’ hitting coach after being fired from the same job by the Mets in the middle of the season.