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Don Baylor returns to the Colorado Rockies as a hitting coach

This 10 years after he was the first manager of the major league baseball team. From AP-

Former manager Don Baylor returned to the Colorado Rockies as hitting coach Monday.

Baylor was one of five coaches added to manager Clint Hurdle’s staff. The team also hired former major league manager Jim Tracy as bench coach and Rich Dauer as third base coach. Jim Wright becomes the bullpen coach and Brian Jordan will be strength and conditioning coach.

Baylor was the first manager in Rockies history, leading the team from 1993-98 — including a playoff berth in 1995.

Pitching coach Bob Apodaca and first base coach Glenallen Hill are the only coaches to return to Hurdle’s staff following last year’s disappointing 74-88 season.

Colorado let go of hitting coach Alan Cockrell, third base coach Mike Gallego and bench coach Jamie Quirk in early October, a year after the Rockies won their first NL pennant.

The Rockies’ coaching staff now has 16 years of big league managerial experience, in addition to Hurdle’s seven years on the job.

Baylor also managed the Chicago Cubs from 2000-02. Tracy was in charge of the Pittsburgh Pirates (2006-07) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2001-05).

If Hurdle falls out of favor with team management, there are plenty of experience around when it comes to who would be the interim manager.

On a serious note, wikipedia says Baylor has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. It is good to hear he can coach in the major leagues again.

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