Marcel Lachemann resigns after 12 seasons with Rockies
Marcel Lachemann has resigned after 12 seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization, including the past 10 as a special assistant to general manager Dan O’Dowd and two before that as the Rockies pitching coach.
Lachemann, 70, said he felt the fit with the Rockies was no longer there and had expressed that over the last year or so to O’Dowd.
“I have different ideas on the development of pitchers,” Lachemann said. “Not that I’m right; there’s all different ways to do it. I just don’t feel comfortable being there and working with some kid and saying, ‘This is the way the Rockies do it,’ if I don’t believe in it.’
“By the same point, I don’t want to be the guy standing in the background saying, ‘I don’t know why they do it that way.’ When that becomes the case, it’s just time to move on.”
The Rockies have not had a lot of success drafting and developing starting pitchers in recent seasons. First-round picks(2006), (2007), (2008) and (2009) have veered off course, in some cases due to injury. Indeed, the Rockies have not drafted a starting pitcher who has had sustained success in the big leagues since , the Rockies first-round pick in 2002.
Earlier this month, the Rockies made Doug Linton their roving pitching coordinator, with Bo McLaughlin, who held that role for three seasons, replacing Linton as the Triple-A Colorado Springs pitching coach.
Lachemann, who has spent 44 seasons in professional baseball, was the Rockies pitching coach in 2000 and 2001 under former manager Buddy Bell. When Clint Hurdle replaced Bell as the Rockies manager in April 2002, Hurdle asked Lachemann to be his pitching coach. But Lachemann had left the field for health reasons and opted to stay in the front office where he became one of O’Dowd’s most trusted advisors.
Asked whether he saw himself retiring or taking a job with a different organization, Lachemann said, “Probably a good possibly of another job. I don’t think my wife (Suzi) could put up with me day in and day out. We’ve been married for 46 years and probably a big part of that is I’m gone half the time.”
Lachemann has a close relationship with Hurdle, who will be entering his second season managing the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. The Pirates recently fired Larry Corrigan, who was a special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington, and Keith Champion, a major league scout. Also, Pete Vuckovich, who was a special assistant to Huntington, left that job late in the season to take a similar position with the Seattle Mariners.
Lachemann has long ties with the Los Angeles Angels, for whom he worked 17 years as the minor league pitching coordinator, major league pitching coach and interim and full-time major league manager. The Angels, however, are in the process of hiring a general manager and have fired several members of the front office with whom Lachemann is close.