Chris Speier was named the Astros quality control coach on Feb. 14, 2020. Houston is Speier's eighth MLB organization as a manager, coach, or instructor, including time with San Francisco (1990-91), Chicago-NL (1995, 2005-06), Arizona (1996-99, 2001), Milwaukee (2000), Oakland (2004), Cincinnati (2008-13) and Washington (2016-17).
This will be Speier's fourth time to work with Baker, having originally joined Baker as his third base coach for the Cubs for two seasons from 2005-06. He went on to serve as Baker's bench coach at his next two managerial stops, five seasons in Cincinnati (2008-13) and two seasons in Washington (2016-17).
His other Major League stops include time as a third base coach for the Brewers (2000) and then Diamondbacks (2001), where he won a World Series Championship. He also served as the bench coach for the A's in 2004.
Speier played 19 years professionally, posting a .246 average with 302 doubles, 112 home runs and 50 triples in a career that featured three All-Star selections (1972-74), spanned stops in San Francisco, Montreal, St. Louis, Minnesota and Chicago and included three postseason appearances (1971, 1981, 1987). Selected by the Giants in the first round (No. 2 overall) of the secondary phase of the 1970 amateur draft, Speier appeared in 2,260 Major League games. His best season came in 1972, when he hit .269 with 25 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 71 RBI for the Giants. His best postseason came in 1971, hitting .357 during the National League Championship Series vs. the Pirates.
Speier lives in California with his wife, Katie. The couple has six children: Justin, Luke, Cole, Travis, Erika and Brittany.