Larry Dierker back with Astros, named special assistant to president

Former Houston Astros player Larry Dierker takes part in opening day ceremonies before the baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, April 6, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

May 21, 2013 1:33:10 PM PDT
Larry Dierker is officially back with the Houston Astros.

New team president Reid Ryan announced today that Dierker has been named special assistant to the president. Ryan and Astros owner Jim Crane met with Dierker today at Minute Maid Park.

"Larry is a huge part of our history," Ryan said. "He has a great deal of knowledge and years of experience that we will utilize. We're excited that he is back in the organization and we know the fans will be as well."

In addition to serving in an advisory role to Ryan, Dierker will also serve as a goodwill ambassador, handle speaking engagements and interact with fans during games at Minute Maid Park. Dierker will also write for the Astros Gameday Magazine.

"I'm extremely pleased to be working with the Astros organization," Dierker said. "I had a great meeting with Reid and Jim today. I'm excited about interacting with the fans again and look forward to writing for the program. I take a great deal of pride in the organization and am anxious to be a part of it again."

Since making his MLB debut on his 18th birthday in 1964, Dierker has been a part of the Astros for nearly 50 years as a pitcher, broadcaster, manager and front office executive. A two-time All-Star, Dierker holds club records for innings pitched, complete games and shutouts. His 137 career wins are third in franchise history.

As a manager, Dierker led the Astros to four division titles and has the best career winning percentage (.553, 448-362) in franchise history.

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