Complete Staff Announced

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.

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Bob in WV
Bob in WV
7 years ago

Truthfully, I’m still scratching my head as to why Lansford was let go. There seemed to be quite a bit of improvement in the offense since he came on board, albeit still suffering from the home/away splits.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

Yeah, Bob, I didn’t get letting Lansford go. If they’re looking at results, it would seem that in the last year or two we’ve seen: — Pacheco, a marginal minor leaguer, actually put up better numbers in the big leagues — Fowler have a breakout season (let’s hope we’re not calling it his “career season” a couple years from now) — Chris Nelson finally establish himself as a major league hitter — Tyler Colvin completely turn it around after one… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

ahhhhh …. ahhhhh …. ahhhhh …. ok

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Well at least the new staff knows both Tulo and Cargo will be here. I don’t often agree with Rosenthal but in the case of Tulo I agree with his red flag comment.

Will
Will
7 years ago

As a Sky Sox fan, I’m going to miss Stu and Lache. I wonder who’ll get the gigs down here.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

This is one poll that really needed the “I like ice cream” choice.I’m ambivalent at this point.Totally agree that Lansford seemed to be having success with the young guys.I yelled for “dac”to be fired because we had the worst ERA in the majors at the time.However,conversely,we led the NL in batting ave.,and either runs scored or RBI’s[I think],so Carney should have earned another year or two.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

I don’t get a paper regularly since my move,so I apologize if I sometimes get things alittle askew[referring to my Lansford arguement above].I just thought the situational hitting improved alot this year.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

I think there was probably something behind the scenes that we don’t know about.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

I assume the photo above was photo shopped,or did Apodaca actually go over to the dark side.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

I photoshopped it Gary. Wanted to show how Dac was in the past.

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

Thought so, but it is an interesting idea.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

Creative idea-which I sort of missed,but actually very clever.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago
jeem
jeem
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Gopherball Guthrie cashes in!

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

The laughers just keep coming.

Matt Reynolds traded for a 24 year old light hitting 1st baseman with a measily 1 HR in 119 minor league PAs.

I guess we should be celebrating that unlike Roenicke who left for nothing the Rockies managed to trade a 3 year veteran arm for something worth slightly more than a bag of balls.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I gave myself a negative. He’s only got 119 MLB PAs. His minor league stats aren’t half bad.

Ciscoi Kid
Ciscoi Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

He batted .351 with 15 HRs for Reno of AAA last year. He’s a lefthanded hitting 3B and only 24 years old. The may be ready to unload Nelson and have a platoon at third of Wheeler and Pacheco until Arenado is ready.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago
Reply to  Ciscoi Kid

Did I miss something as I thought Wheeler was an outfielder?

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  OrangeRocks

Orange, that’s another Wheeler – Tim. He’s still in the Rockies organization. On the new Wheeler: why not. Matt Reynolds was a nice competent role player but was never a very good fit as a lefty specialist since he wasn’t unusually effective against lefties. Outman is the guy they should groom for that job if they have any sense. Which is debatable. I think Cisco has it right on new Wheeler: he’s a lefty line drive hitter, kind of a… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

Getting rid of the Tracys. From the Rockies site: “As expected, first baseman Chad Tracy, son of former Rockies manager Jim Tracy, declared free agency. His brother, Class A catcher Mark Tracy, was traded from the Rockies to the White Sox last week.”

The trade has not shown up on the transactions list and there is no mention of anyone or anything being received in return.

Greg Stanwood
Greg Stanwood
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Bob K,

The Rockies acquired Kenny Williams Jr. in the trade. Williams Jr. was selected in the 2007 draft by the Rockies but was not signed.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

The trade by itself is pretty good. But in the grand scheme, we added another infielder to an already overstocked talent in the IF while weakening our bullpen.

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