USA Today is reporting longtime Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca has asked to be reassigned by the organization. BIB Dan O’Dude, knowing what is best for him, chose the hotel room-doormat publication to break the news. Unsubstantiated talk has bullpen coach Jim Wright sitting-in tonight, with long-term plans unknown. Quoth MFL Jim Tracy, “we’re trying to tackle this monster.”
Former Rockies starter Jason Hammel, prospering away from Apodaca’s tutelage this season with the Baltimore Orioles is said to have stated “that’s disappointing, but I’m sure he’ll catch on somewhere. He’s a very knowledgeable pitching coach, so I wish the best for him.”
UPDATE: The Rockies have named bullpen coach Jim Wright and AAA Colorado Spring pitching coach Bo McLaughlin co-pitching coaches. Apodaca has been named special assistant to GM.