Colorado Rockies: Two coaching changes and potential candidates to fill them

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 23: Hitting coach Duane Espy #58 of the Colorado Rockies poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 23, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

On Friday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies announced that they will have at least two new coaches on their coaching staff for the 2019 season.

On Twitter on Friday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies announced that their first base coach Tony Diaz and hitting coach Duane Espy will not be returning to the club in 2019. Diaz was hired away by the Minnesota Twins as he will be promoted to their third base coach under rookie manager Rocco Baldelli.

Espy, who has been in baseball in a coaching capacity since 1979 and with the Rockies organization in some capacity since 2003, will not have his contract renewed.

As our own Aaron Hurt alluded to in May, it would only be a matter of time until the Rockies offensive woes in the past two season would turn to Espy and now, we have seen it happen.

The Rockies have a few internal candidates for the jobs vacated by Espy and Diaz. Also, with Bud Black‘s extensive history in baseball, going back to the late 1970s as a player as well as his time in front offices as well as a coach and manager, there are plenty of people that he has an association with that have coaching experience in the majors or minors that could fill the positions. So, let’s look at some of the candidates.

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