Tulowitzki joins Texas staff hours after retirement

Donnavan Smoot

Texas Baseball announced that five-time MLB All-Star Troy Tulowitzki will join the coaching staff as an assistant coach.

“Tulo and I had an opportunity to spend some time together, and I came away so impressed with his desire to teach and his excitement to become a part of Texas Baseball,” said head coach David Pierce in a statement. “ His knowledge goes without saying, but his passion and energy for the development of young men left such a meaningful impression on me.”

The announcement came hours after Tulowitzki announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. 

Tulowitski played at shortstop for the New York Yankees earlier in the season. However, lingering injuries cut his season short, which ultimately led to Thursday’s decision. 

This move adds another moving piece for the Longhorns’ coaching staff. It is reported that Tulowitzki will replace Phil Haig, a volunteer pitching assistant who was let go by Pierce earlier this week. Assistant coach Sean Allen is slated to add Haig’s duties to his own as the recruiting coordinator. Tulowitzki will then step in and take Allen’s position as a hitting coach. 

As a team, Texas batted a mere .250 last year, certainly an area for improvement. With Tulowitzki now handling that area for the Longhorns, an uptick in percentage is in the foreseeable future.