Special Assistant to the General Manager
Jose Cruz has been with the Astros since 1983 and has been in his current role as Special Assistant to the General Manager since 2009.
In his current role, Jose provides input to General Manager Jeff Luhnow and his staff on decisions regarding Major League and minor league uniformed personnel. He is also a part of the Astros Major League Spring Training coaching staff, visits minor league affiliates during the season and provide input on the Astros Latin American operations.
As an outfielder, the two-time All-Star, had an 18-year Major League career, playing for the Cardinals (1970-74), Astros (1975-87) and Yankees (1988). Nicknamed "Cheo", Jose is an Astros icon, and held franchise records in games, at-bats, hits, total bases and triples at the time of his retirement after the 1988 season. His 80 career triples remain the franchise record.
Jose holds the distinction of being involved with all nine of the Astros postseason appearances, three as a player (1980, '81 and '86) and six as a coach (1997-99, '01, '04-05). He was the Astro Team MVP four times and hit .300 six times in his career while stealing 317 bases.
Jose's uniform No. 25 was retired by the Astros on Oct. 3, 1992 along with former teammate Mike Scott's No. 33. They were the third and fourth numbers retired by the team. In 1999, Jose was selected by a panel of experts as one of the three outfielders on the franchise's All-Astrodome team. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Baseball hall of Fame.
Jose and his wife, Zoraida, make their home in Houston and have four children: Jose Javier, Jose Cheito, Shakira and Jose Enrique. His son, Jose, Jr., was the first-round selection (third player overall) of the Seatle Mariners in the 1995 June free agent draft. Jose Jr. graduated from Bellaire (TX) High School and attended Rice University. He led Bellaire to the number one national ranking by USA Today and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award while at Rice. Jose Enrique, also a former Bellaire and Rice standout, helped the Owls to the 2003 College World Series.
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