Senior Advisor, Latin American Development
A member of the Astros organization since 1973, Julio Linares has been an advisor to the Astros Latin American operations since 2013. Prior to his current role, Linares spent nine seasons as a special assistant to the general manager for Dominican scouting and development, which followed six seasons as director of the Astros Dominican Republic operations.
Linares served as manager of the Gulf Coast Astros from 1997-98. Overall, he managed Houston’s Rookie League club for 16 years (Sarasota 1977-80, 1984-87; Gulf Coast 1988-93, 97-98) and also spent three years at the Major League level as the Astros bench coach from 1994-96.
Linares played 15 seasons in the minor leagues as an in elder and out elder and finished ninth in the Pacific Coast League with a .308 average in 1969. He retired after the 1972 season and began his coaching career with the Astros in 1973 at Covington in the Appalachian League.
Linares and his wife, Damaris, reside in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He has five sons, Amaury, Rodney, Erick, Brian, and Michael. His son Rodney is currently the manager of Houston’s Double A Corpus Christi club.
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