Matt Sinatro, who was hired by the Astros on Jan. 11, 2012, has over 30 years of experience as a Major League catcher, coach and coordinator.
Sinatro, 51, has 15 years of service as a Major League coach, most recently with the Chicago Cubs, where he was their first-base coach for three seasons (2007-09) before serving as a special assistant to manager Lou Piniella in 2010. Sinatro, who also served as the Cubs' Major League catching instructor, also spent 11 seasons in the Majors as a bullpen coach, all under Piniella,first in Seattle (1995-2002) and then with Tampa Bay (2003-05). While with Seattle and Tampa, he helped break down video footage of upcoming opponents.
In his coaching career, Sinatro has gone to the postseason six times. His resumé also includes two seasons (1993-94) as a Major League advance scout for the Mariners.
A former catcher, Sinatro was selected in the second round of the 1978 June Draft by the Atlanta Braves and made his Major League debut in September of 1981. He went on to play 140 Major League games over parts of nine seasons for the Braves, A's, Tigers and Mariners between 1981-92. Sinatro's first ML hit came on Sept. 23, 1981, in the Astrodome off right-handed pitcher Joe Niekro.