Hal Lanier, third base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, has been selected manager of the Houston Astros. He replaces Bob Lillis, who was fired Oct. 7 after the Astros finished third in the National League West.
Lanier said he signed a two-year contract and announced he expects former New York Yankees manager Yogi Berra to become a coach. "I see us doing more running," said Lanier. "I like to put people in motion and make the defense come up with a lot of mistakes."
Lanier, the son of former Cardinals pitcher Max Lanier, reached the major leagues in 1964 and primarily played shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. He was player-coach with the Cardinals in 1974 and '75 and then a minor league manager for five seasons. He joined the major league staff in 1981 . . .
Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose was voted NL manager of the year by United Press International, edging Whitey Herzog of the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-10, in voting by 26 UPI baseball correspondents. After finishing 70-92 in 1984, Cincinnati rebounded to 89-72, for second in the NL West. Rose, 44, tied Ty Cobb's all-time hit record of 4,191 on Sept. 8 and finished the season with 4,204.