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Bagwell Out As Hitting Coach, In As Special Assistant

According to sources, Jeff Bagwell has informed the Astros that he will not return as the club's hitting coach for the 2011 season.

Bagwell did a tremendous job in the second half of the season, picking up after Sean Berry. Despite the success, Bagwell is unable to commit to a full season:

"This was a very difficult decision for me,I enjoyed my time as hitting coach a great deal. The players were great and I can't think of a better coaching staff to work with. They were outstanding...At this point in time, I'm unable to commit to a full season of putting in the time that is necessary to be effective in that role. But, I do look forward to continuing to work with the Astros."

In the mean time, Ed Wade and Brad Mills must will begin the search for  a new hitting coach; updates to follow as soon as they happen.

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