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After a highly successful run as the St. Louis Cardinals bench coach, Joe Pettini joins the Astros in that same capacity in 2012.

In his 10 seasons as bench coach (2002-11) under Tony La Russa, Pettini was a part of seven Cardinals playoff teams, three National League championship clubs and two World Series championships (2006, 2011).

Pettini brings a world of experience to the Astros staff as a player, Minor League manager and coordinator and Major League coach.

His baseball career began in 1977 when he was signed by the Montreal Expos organization as a non-drafted free agent infielder. In 1980, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants, where he made his Major League debut during that season, appearing in 63 games overall for the big club, mostly at shortstop.

Pettini ended up playing in 188 Major League games in his career in parts of four seasons from 1980-83, all for the Giants. His lone Major League home run came in his rookie 1980 season on July 23 at Wrigley Field versus southpaw Willie Hernandez.

Pettini ended his playing career with the Cardinals Triple-A Louisville club in 1986. He went on to manage eight seasons (1989-96) in the Cardinals' Minor League system, with stints at Short-Season A Hamilton (1989), Class A St. Petersburg (1990), Double-A Arkansas (1991-93) and Triple-A Louisville (1994-96), guiding the Redbirds to the American Association championship in 1995.

Pettini then served as the Cardinals' Minor League field coordinator from 1997-2001 before joining the Major League coaching staff in 2002.

Pettin earned his bachelor's degree in education from Mercer University in Macon, Ga. The West Virginia native currently resides in Bethany, W.Va., with wife Barbara. They have two children, Amy and Joseph, and a granddaughter, Marlee Joe.

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