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    Oct. 22, 2012

    CHICAGO – Former UIC standout baseball player John Mallee was named the new hitting coach for the Houston Astros this past Friday.  Mallee owns 17 years of professional coaching experience and most recently served as the hitting coach for the Florida Marlins during the 2010 and 2011 seasons after spending eight years coaching in the Marlins minor league system.

    Astros manager Bo Porter talked to the Houston Chronicle’s Brian Smith about Mallee…

    “I have history with Mallee - When you talk to hitters – I was in Florida when he was there – when you talk to guys like Chris Coghlan, who won the rookie of the year; Gaby Sanchez, who went on to be an All-Star; from Dan Uggla to Cody Ross to Jeremy Hermida to Josh Willingham — all of those guys absolutely rave about this guy.”

    Mallee competed at shortstop for the Flames during the 1990 and 1991 seasons, earning a spot on the all-league and all-tournament team in both years.  The Chicago native was drafted in the 10th round of amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1991 and spent two seasons in their minor league system before beginning his coaching career.