2011 is Brad Arnsberg's second season as the Astros pitching coach and his 11th overall as a Major League pitching coach. The Astros overall success in the second half of the 2010 season was due in large part to the steady improvement of the young pitching staff. After the staff struggled early in the season, Arnsberg helped right the ship as the Astros 3.69 team ERA after the All-Star break ranked sixth in the National League, helping to lead the Astros to a 40-33 mark in that span. The Astros 4.09 ERA overall for the season was 45 points lower than that of 2009 (4.54). Brett Myers, who had his best season in 2010, credits Arnsberg's guidance for much of his success.
Arnsberg was hired by the Astros on Oct. 30, 2009 after spending the previous five seasons (2005-09) as pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. He originally joined Toronto as pitching coach for Triple A Syracuse in 2004. Arnsberg also was the pitching coach for the Montreal Expos from July 20, 2000 through 2001 and then for the Florida Marlins from 2002-03.
Arnsberg, 47, has spent the last 27 seasons in professional baseball since being selected in the first round of the June 1983 Draft by the New York Yankees, making his Major League debut in relief for New York on Sept. 6, 1986 vs. the Angels.
Prior to his big league debut, Arnsberg was the Yankees Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Eastern League Pitcher of the Year in 1985 while at Double A Albany after posting a 14-2 mark with a 1.59 ERA. He also earned International League Pitcher of the Year honors in 1987 while at Triple A Columbus with a 12-5 mark and 2.88 ERA. In his minor league career, Arnsberg compiled 29 complete games in just 122 starts. In 1992 while at Triple A, his manager was current Astros skipper Brad Mills.
In his Major League career, Arnsberg appeared in 94 games (4 starts) in parts of six seasons for the Yankees (1986-87), Rangers (1989-91) and Indians (1992), compiling a 9-6 record with a 4.26 ERA and six saves. His best big league season was in 1990 for Texas where he was 6-1 in a careeer-high 53 games with a 2.15 ERA and five saves.
Arnsberg began his coaching career in 1994 as a player/coach for Wei-Chen Dragons of the Taiwan Professional Baseball League.
After one season with the Dragons, he returned to the Rangers organization, serving as pitching coach for Charleston (A) in the South Atlantic League for two years (1995-96). He then moved up to Double A Tulsa, spending the 1997-98 seasons as that club's pitching coach. He then served as pitching coach for Triple A Oklahoma City in 1999 as part of a Redhawks club that captured the Eastern Division title in the Pacific Coast League.
Arnsberg's first Major League coaching job came in 2000 when he began that season as the Montreal Expos bullpen coach before being promoted to the big club's pitching coach position on July 20 of that season.
Brad and his wife Shelley reside in Arlington, TX and have two sons, Kyle and Kaden.