Tony Diaz promoted, Sanders named GJ Rox manger

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email
Former manager Tony Diaz was promoted Monday to a new position of Development Supervisor for the GJ Rockies.

Anthony Sanders was named Manager of the GJ Rockies on Monday.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The Grand Junction Rockies are under new management -- or rather a new management structure.

Former manager Tony Diaz was promoted Monday to a new position of Development Supervisor for the GJ Rockies, while Anthony Sanders was named Diaz' successor as team manager.

Sanders comes from the Short-season Single-A affiliate, the Tri-City Dust Devils, where he was a the team's hitting instructor.

Sanders will report directly to Diaz, who will oversee day-to-day operations of the team and act as a liaison from the Colorado Rockies front office.

"It's more of an extra resource, and an extra set of eyes from the stands," Diaz told KKCO 11 Sports on Monday.

Every minor league team in the Rockies organization will have a development supervisor whom the team manager will report to starting this season.

"I really think that this is probably going to become a trend once the industry sees it," Diaz added.

Diaz told KKCO 11 News Sports Director he doesn't want to tell Sanders who to play and how to make his lineup. Rather, Diaz wants to consult with Sanders about which situations players are excelling or diminishing in.

With the addition of the development supervisor position, roving infield, outfield or hitting instructors have been cut from the Rockies organization. Instead, the development supervisors will be in constant contact with one another and the Rockies front office to discuss players' progress.

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