ORLANDO, Fla. - The mixture of players that made up the Astros' first World Series championship team will be mostly the same in 2018, but manager A.J. Hinch's coaching staff will look significantly different.In addition to losing bench coach Alex Cora and assistant hitting coach Alonzo Powell to promotions with other teams, the Astros will have a new first base coach and a new bullpen coach https://www.astrosfansgear.com/Astros_Justin_Verlander_Jersey-428. Rich Dauer, 65, the team's first base coach and infield instructor the last three seasons, plans to retire, the team said Monday. The announcement came a little more than a week after Dauer underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot to his brain, though his decision to retire had been made before the medical issuesurfaced.Dauer is still hospitalized but said to be progressing. Hes working every day to get a little bit better, Hinch said Monday. Hes surrounded by his family and weve had a lot of Astros people go see him. Slow and steady progress is how I would describe it and everybody is optimistic its going to continue and hes going to get to leave the hospital soon. GOING OUT ON TOPFormer Astro Carlos Beltran announces retirementAlex Cintron, who joined the Astros before the 2017 season as their interpreter, will be Dauer's replacement in the first base coach's box. Jeff Albert and Doug White were promoted fr om their roles as roving minor league coordinators to assistant hitting coach and bullpen coach, respectively.Cintron, 38, who played parts of nine major league seasons as an infielder from 2001 to 2009, had assumed the role of an extra assistant coach in the Astros' dugout beginning in September. He also acted as bench coach for a few games in Julyafter Cora returned home to his native Puerto Rico for the birth of his twins. It was very rare to have someone with his credentials in the translator job, but he was willing to do anything to be involved, Hinch said. During the season, when Dauer was talking about retirement, we started to expose Alex to a little bit more responsibility.Albert, 37, spent the last four seasons as the Astros' minor league hitting coordinator. He takes the place of Powell, who after the World Series was hired as the hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants https://www.astrosfansgear.com/Astros_Jake_Marisnick_Jersey-307. Manyof the Astros hittershave already worked extensively with Albert, who is bilingual.White, 40, was theAstros minor league pitching coordinator the last two seasons. He replaces Craig Bjornson, who spent the last four seasons and five of the last six as bullpen coach but wasn't brought backfor 2018. Bjornson has already been hired by Cora as the Boston Red Sox' bullpen coach.BothAlbert and White were originally hired by Astros general manager JeffLuhnow as minor league coaches with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008 before they joined himwith the Astros in 2013.They had successful careers with the Cardinals. They came over to Houston. They had successful careers and both became coordinators, Luhnow said Monday in Orlando at the Waldorf Astoria, site of the annualmeetings. And quite frankly, had they not been promoted to the big leagues I probably wouldve lost both of them to other clubs, even as soon as this offseason.It actually worked out to be a win-win, wh ere people got an opportunity to go pursue their dream somewhere else and we were able to promote our own talent.Bench coach Joe Espada, who replaced Cora, is the only new member of the Astros coaching staff to come from outside the organization. He was the Yankees third base coach for the last three years. Pitching coach Brent Strom, hitting coach Dave Hudgens and third base coach Gary Pettis will all return to the Astros in 2018.Longtime bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte will also return. Assistant bullpen catcher Carlos Munoz was not brought back.Dauer was part of Hinchs original Astros staff. Hinch hired himaway from the Padres,where he was managing their Class AA affiliate in the Texas League. Dauerhad previously coached in the majors for the Rockies, Brewers, Royals and Indians. With the Royals in the early 2000s was when he first met Hinch, then a player Carlos Lee Jersey.Dauer played 10 seasons in the majors as an infielder, all with the Baltimore Orioles. He was the second baseman on the Os 1983 World Series championship team. He won his second ring with the Astros earlier this month.He was very selfless in his work, Hinch said. He loved to be around the club. He loves to work. ...One of the first things he did was connect with (Jose) Altuve about his goals and he helped him become a Gold Glover. He helped Carlos (Correa) break into the big leagues. Hes had a great impact on our players and on our winning.