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River Bandits 2017 Field Staff

An entirely new field staff will lead the Quad Cities River Bandits this year. 

Tuesday the parent team, Houston Astros, announced the manager of their Class-A affiliate in the Midwest League will be Russ Steinhorn. Last season, he managed a team in the Dominican Republic for Houston, following three seasons as a hitting coach for another Astros team. 

Other new coaches for the River Bandits include pitching coach Drew French and hitting coach Ben Rosenthal. And for the first time, the team will have a developmental coach.

Last year's manager, Omar Lopez, has been promoted to a "high A-level" Astros team in the Carolina League. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.