Alex Cintrón was named an Astros hitting coach on Nov. 21, 2018. This is his first year in the hitting coach role, but his third overall on the Astros Major League staff. He spent the 2018 season as the club's first base coach and assisted n infield positioning. In 2017, Cintrón worked as the Astros Spanish translator, advance scout and assistant coach. In that role, he assisted the Astros Spanish-speaking players with all matters, while working with the club's advance information department and assisting the Major League coaching staff. Cintrón spent much of the 2017 season on the bench as an active coach, first for a three-game stint in July and later in September once rosters expanded. Cintrón spent this offseason managing the Gigantes de Carolina in the Puerto Rican Winter League, winning the League's Manager of the Year Award, in what was his first offseason in the position. He led his club to a second place finish in the four-team league.
Cintrón had a professional career that lasted 16 years, from 1997-2012, which included parts of nine Major League seasons. He was originally a 36th-round pick by Arizona in 1997 and would make his debut with the Diamondbacks in 2001. He played parts of five seasons with the D-backs (2001-05), before finishing his career in Chicago-AL (2006-07), Baltimore (2008) and Washington (2009). He's a career .275 Major League hitter, including a great 2003 season with Arizona, in which he hit .317 (142x448) with 51 RBI in 117 games. Born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Cintrón is a resident of Houston and has run the Cintrón Baseball Youth Organization in the city since retiring from playing in 2012. He has one daughter, Alexandra.