Hous­ton Astros

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The en­tire Astros or­ga­ni­za­tion has one sig­nif­i­cant con­nec­tion to South Flor­ida: the spring train­ing fa­cil­ity they share with the Na­tion­als. The new ball­park opened this spring in West Palm Beach, bring­ing dou­bling the num­ber of teams (along with the Mar­lins and Car­di­nals) who hold their pre­sea­son ac­tiv­i­ties in Palm Beach County.

Hous­ton’s closer is a for­mer draft pick of the Flor­ida Mar­lins, se­lected in the 44th round in 2009 out of his New Mex­ico high school. He didn’t sign, how­ever, and two years later was the Phillies’ sev­enth-rounder.

RHP Ken Giles: OF Cameron May­bin:

Nearly 10 years ago, May­bin came to the Mar­lins as one of the prized prospects in the Miguel Cabr­era/Don­trelle Wil­lis trade with the Tigers. He didn’t amount to much in South Flor­ida — slash­ing .257/.323/.391 in parts of three sea­sons be­fore the Mar­lins traded him to San Diego — but has gone on to earn more than $30 mil­lion over 11 sea­sons.

Bench coach Alex Cora:

Although he was born and raised in Puerto Rico, Cora played his col­lege ball at the Univer­sity of Mi­ami, where he manned short­stop for three Col­lege World Se­ries teams from 1994-96. UM added Cora to their Hall of Fame in 2006.

RHP Lance McCullers Jr.:

He didn’t grow up on this side of the state — he went to Je­suit High in Tampa — but Mar­lins fans might rec­og­nize the name be­cause he was close friends with the late Jose Fer­nan­dez. Be­fore McCullers started a game at Mar­lins Park this year, he said he writes Fer­nan­dez’s num­ber, 16, on the back of the mound be­fore each of his games.

RHP Brad Pea­cock:

Born in Palm Beach and a grad­u­ate of Palm Beach Cen­tral high in Welling­ton, Pea­cock was a 41st-round pick of the Na­tion­als in 2006. Pea­cock also at­tended Palm Beach Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Lake Worth. Ac­quired by New York in a mid­sea­son trade with the White Sox, Kahnle was orig­i­nally a Yan­kees fifthround draft pick in 2010 out of Lynn Univer­sity in Boca Ra­ton. He be­came the first Fight­ing Knight to make it to the ma­jors in April 2014, when he made his ma­jor league de­but for the Rock­ies — against the Mar­lins, in Mi­ami.

Pitch­ing coach Larry Roth­schild:

When the Mar­lins won the 1997 World Se­ries, Roth­schild was their pitch­ing coach. Af­ter serv­ing in that role from 1995-97, he be­came the first man­ager in Tampa Bay Devil Rays his­tory, but was fired in April 2001 and fin­ished that sea­son as a con­sul­tant to the Mar­lins.

Third-base coach Joe Es­pada:

Though his Mar­lins ties date back to 2001, when he played a half-sea­son for their Triple-A af­fil­i­ate, the bulk of his work with the club came on the coach­ing side. He was a mi­nor league hit­ting coach from 2006-07, the mi­nor league in­field co­or­di­na­tor in from 2008-09, and ma­jor league third-base coach from 2010-13.

Bullpen coach Mike Harkey:

Harkey was the bullpen coach for Gi­rardi’s Mar­lins in 2006.


Hous­ton’s Cameron May­bin came to the Mar­lins nearly 10 years ago in the trade that net­ted the Detroit Tigers one Miguel Cabr­era.

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