Colorado Rockies: Diaz named first base coach

Diaz will hit the show as the Colorado Rockies first base coach. Diaz managed the GJ Rockies in 2012 before serving as the team's development supervisor from 2013 to 2016. He was also named to the rookie league pioneer level hall of fame in 2013.

This will be Diaz’s first stint on a major league squad after 17 seasons as a minor league coach or supervisor...all of those being within the Rockies organization. Now Diaz won't be the only one new to the staff.

Six of the nine coaches are new to the squad for the upcoming season. Leading man Bud Black was introduced as the team's new manager last month.

Bench coach Mike Redmond, hitting coach Duane Espy, assistant hitting coach Jeff Salazar and major league coach Ron Gideon round out the club's new members of the coaching staff.

Now not including black, among Diaz, Espy, Gideon and Salazar there are a combined 81 years of professional coaching experience with 53 of those being in the Rockies organization.

Colorado finished third in the NL West at 75-87 last year.

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