Ed Romero, the winningest manager in the history of the Tri-City ValleyCats, has been let go by the organization and will not return in 2016.
Lamarr Rogers will take over as the ValleyCats manager after leading rookie level Greeneville to its first Appalachian League title in 11 seasons. Russ Steinhorn returns as hitting coach, while Ace Adams is the new pitching coach.
Chris Holt, the ValleyCats pitching coach, will slide down to Greeneville for 2016.
The Houston Astros, the parent club of the short-season Class A affiliate, announced its minor league coaching staffs for next season Thursday.
Romero said he did not anticipate the call earlier this month from Allen Rowin, the Astros’ newly promoted director of minor league operations, telling him he would not get his contract renewed in Troy for a fourth season.
“They called me about two weeks ago and said they were going in a different direction,” said Romero, reached Thursday at his home in Florida. When asked why, Romero said, “I have no idea. That is the reason they gave me.”
Romero’s ValleyCats won Stedler Division titles all three seasons he was with the franchise, twice making the New York-Penn League Championship Series. The ValleyCats won the league title in 2013.
With 134 wins, Romero, 57, is the winningest manager in franchise history. A former major leaguer primarily with the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox, he has been a coach or manager since 1992. Romero said he hopes to catch on with another team; if not, he will retire.
Rogers is the seventh manager in ValleyCats’ history. He joined the Astros’ organization last season after spending 16 years with the St. Paul Saints Professional Baseball Club of the Independent Northern League.
From 2004-14, Rogers served as the Saints’ hitting coach and third base coach. In 2009, Rogers assumed the role of director of the Saints and the Saints Sports Academy in addition to his coaching duties.
Rogers was selected by Colorado in the 49th round of the 1992 draft and played four seasons in the Rockies system before getting selected by the Detroit Tigers in the Triple A Phase 1996 Rule 5 Draft.
Adams comes to Troy after serving one season in the same role for the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate, Fresno. He joined the Astros in 2014 from the Cardinals organization.