The Colorado Rockies Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, just announced who will be replacing Glenallen Hill as the manager of the ‘Topes in 2020.
After just being seven years removed from last playing in the Colorado Rockies organization in 2012, the Colorado Rockies announced that Warren Schaeffer will be the new manager for the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2020.
Since his retirement as a player, Schaeffer, 34, has been a coach or manager in the Rockies organization ever since. He has spent the last five seasons as a manager, with the last two being at Double-A Hartford and the previous three in Single-A Asheville.
In those two seasons, the Yard Goats went 138-138. Overall, he has managerial record of 344-347 (.498 winning percentage).
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As a player, Schaeffer played six seasons in the minor leagues, all with the Rockies. He got as high as Triple-A as he played with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2010 and 2011.
He will replace Glenallen Hill, who was the Rockies manager at the Triple-A level since 2014, when the Rockies Triple-A team still called Colorado Springs home. In six seasons, Hill posted a 377-475 record (.442 winning percentage). After spending all six of those seasons under .500, Hill was fired at the end of the season by the Rockies.
Hill had been in the Rockies organization as a minor league coach, coordinator, manager, or major league coach since the 2003 season.
The Isotopes said that they will announce the rest of their 2020 coaching staff at a later date. The Rockies also have a few other minor league coaching openings, as with Schaeffer being promoted, the entire 2019 Double-A Hartford coaching staff will not be with them.
Pitching coach Steve Merriman was promoted to minor league pitching coordinator as he replaces Darryl Scott, who is being promoted to MLB bullpen coach, replacing Darren Holmes. Hartford’s hitting coach, former MLB player Lee Stevens, did not have his contract renewed.
Stay tuned for those updates as they should be announced in the next few weeks.