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Hooton named Fort Wayne's pitching coach

Burt Hooton, who played in the majors for 15 seasons, will be the pitching coach for the TinCaps for the 2013 season.

Hooton, 62, played for the Chicago Cubs (1971-75), Los Angeles Dodgers (1975-84) and Texas Rangers (1985). On April 16, 1972, in his fourth start, Hooton threw a no-hitter for the Cubs against Philadelphia. He finished his major-league career with a 151-136 (.526) record, with 1,491 strikeouts in 2,652 innings.

In 11 career postseason games, Hooton was 6-3 with a 3.17 ERA. He was 5-1 with a 0.82 ERA in five starts for the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1981 postseason. Hooton was named both an All-Star and MVP of the National League Championship series that year.

He began his coaching career in the Dodgers organization in 1988 with the Class A short-season Salem (Oregon) Dodgers, working there for two seasons. He was the pitching coach of the Double-A San Antonio Missions from 1990-94 and at Triple-A Albuquerque in 1995 and 1996.

Hooton was the pitching coach at the University of Texas from 1997-99. In 2000, he became the pitching coach at Double-A Round Rock, a Houston Astros affiliate, and was named pitching coach of the major league club midway through the season. He remained in that capacity until the halfway mark of the 2004 season.

In 2005 he returned to Round Rock, Houston's Triple-A affiliate, as pitching coach until 2010, when Houston's Triple-A affiliation shifted to Oklahoma City, where he worked in the same position through the end of the 2012 season.