The Rockies announced the rest of their 2013 staff today, with a few surprises. First off, Tommy Runnells will remain as the teams bench coach. While not a surprise having Runnells remain, what is a surprise is that he will be the only holdover from the 2012 staff. Every other position has been filled by someone new. The newest members of the staff are:
PITCHING COACH: Jim Wright
FIRST BASE COACH: Rene Lachemann
THIRD BASE COACH: Stu Cole
Bo McLaughlin will move to the Assistant Pitching Coach position and the team is discussing reassignment with Glenallen Hill, the former First Base Coach.
Many fans were hoping the team would look outside the organization for help with filling open positions, but it is status quo for the Rockies who are very loyal to those within the organization.
Wright served as the team bullpen coach from ’09 – ’12. He was the team’s pitching coach in 2002 and shared pitching coach duties with McLaughlin when Apodaca was reassigned last June. Wright has been with the team for 16 seasons.
Lachemann has spent the last five seasons as the hitting coach in Colorado Springs. He was a former manager with the Mariners (’81-’83) and Brewers (’84) and Marlins (’93-’96).
Cole has been with the Rockies organization for 18 seasons. He spent the last 12 as a manager in the minors going from Tri-City (2001) to the Springs over the last three seasons.
It was also announced that Jerry Weinstein will continue as the Catching Instructor/Defensive Positioning coach.