The Corpus Christi Caller-Times has some reaction from new Hooks manager Wes Clements on his new appointment at Corpus.
"I’m really thrilled about the staff. It should be fun and I hear nothing but great things about the ballpark and everybody in Corpus. And I hear there’s good golf."
What does he think about the Astros' much-maligned farm system?
"I don’t look at things as what we don’t have. I look at what we do have and always look at the positive of the scenario rather than the negative. I think that’s just for other people’s interpretation outside the organization to come up with a label or characterization for our organization. I care about the players and hopefully they see that — I believe they do. I want the game played correctly, from fundamentals all the way through, and I want the game respected. You won’t see any of our hitters hitting home run and (showboating). You won’t see them flipping bats. You’ll seem them running around the bases. Respect the game, respect the opponents and appreciate the fans."
The presence of Jon Gaston and Koby Clemens, among others, contributed to Clements' promotion, says Ricky Bennett:
"I think that’s a big part of the thought process behind giving Wes the opportunity. Obviously, he has a relationship from last year and they can go into the 2010 season with a comfort level in knowing what Wes brings as a manager and use that to their advantage as they get a chance to get adjusted at the Double-A level. He’s a gamer and I think he’s going to bring a lot to our organization."
Oh, but what about Luis Pujols? He won't be back in any capacity with the Astros organization:
"I’ve known Luis in my time here and also in Detroit and anytime you have to make a coaching change, they’re all difficult. But we had to look out for the best interests of the organization."
Pujols is currently the bench coach for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.