“The Rockies have not set their Triple-A staff yet after former Sky Sox manager Stu Cole (third-base coach) and Rene Lachemann (hitting instructor) were promoted. Glenallen Hill is a possibility for the Springs’ managerial position.”
Now anybody who knows me, follows Rox Pile, or has seen this photo that was once my profile picture for Facebook and Twitter knows my affection for former first base coach Glenallen Hill. I am mostly a fan because I wish I was as cool as him, from the ability to pull off that coach’s helmet to his sunglasses to his ability to bring back 80′s style hair cuts.
The roots of my fandom go way back to the days of my childhood when I, like so many Colorado baseball fans without a team, could choose to cheer for either the Atlanta Braves or Chicago Cubs because those two teams were on television a lot. I chose the Cubs. Mark Grace and Andre Dawson remain on my short list of all-time favorite athletes.
At one point I was also fascinated with pinch hitter extraordinaire Glenallen Hill.
As a kid, I pretty much liked two things about him: his name and how cool he looked.
As an adult Rockies fan, I like two things about him: his name and how cool he looks. I was starstruck at Rockies photo day. I was also relieved that he was so nice and was happy to snap a photo with a guy who had his sweater tied around his neck Grease style.
I want him to remain a part of the Rockies organization in an “indefinite” capacity along the lines of the deal we thought Jim Tracy scored last year. It cut me deep when he was removed as first base coach, but if he becomes the manager of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, I can only assume that means he is being groomed for something bigger. His apparent ability to relate to players and his cool factor would make him a fine fit in Colorado Springs.
For both rational and irrational reasons, I hope Hill remains a part of the organization. A role as the new AAA manager could be a great way to make it happen.