Rockies hire Lansford as hitting coach
The Colorado Rockies announced Friday they have hired for major-league infielder Carney Lansford as their major-league hitting coach. Lansford was with the organization in 2007 as the hitting coach for Triple-A Colorado Springs, which was managed at the time by Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells.
Lansford was the hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and 2009.
Don Baylor, who served as the Rockies hitting coach in 2009 and 2010, has been offered a special-assistant position within the organization but the team says he is still considering the opportunity. Baylor is rumored to be a candidate for several open managerial positions, including the Toronto Blue Jays, whose outgoing manager, Cito Gaston, reportedly recommended him for the job.
In addition the hiring of Lansford, the Rockies announced that the remained of the 2011 coaching staff will return for the 2011 season:
— Manager: .
— Bench coach: Tom Runnells.
— Pitching coach: Bob Apodaca.
— First-base coach: Glenallen Hill.
— Third-base coach: Rich Dauer.
— Bullpen coach: Jim Wright.