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Rich Dauer was named the Houston Astros first base coach and infield instructor on Oct. 17, 2014. Under his guidance, the Astros infielders contributed towards an AL-leading fielding percentage in 2016 with a .987 clip (77 errors in 6,081 total chances). This marked the second-best fielding percentage for the club in a single season, trailing only the 2008 Astros (.989). Prior to joining Houston, Dauer spent two seasons (2013-14) as manager for the Double A San Antonio Missions in the Padres organization. In 2013, his first year as manager of the Missions, Dauer received Texas League Manager of the Year honors en route to leading the club to the Texas League Championship title. He was also the recipient of the Padres 2013 Jack Krol Award for contributions to player development. The former 10-year Major League infielder (all with the Orioles) has years of Major League coaching experience, including four seasons as third base coach for the Rockies (2009-12), three seasons as Ned Yost's bench coach with Milwaukee (2003-05), six seasons as third base coach for the Royals (1997-2002) and two seasons as third base coach with Cleveland (1990-91). In addition to his Major League coaching experience, Dauer has served as a minor league manager, coach and roving infield instructor in the Cleveland (1988-89), Baltimore (1992) and Kansas City (1993-96) organizations. Dauer is one of a select few players to have won both a World Series and College World Series title, as he was a member of the 1983 Baltimore Orioles Championship club and two national championship teams at the University of Southern California (1973-74). Following his 1974 season, Dauer was a first round selection (24th overall) by Baltimore. A resident of Cumming, Ga., he and his wife, Chris, have three children, Casey, Kelsey and Katie, and a grandson Sam.

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