Colorado Rockies need to follow in the footsteps of the San Francisco Giants, others

Jun 2, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (10) smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 2, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (10) smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 19: Manager Gabe Kapler #19 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout during the game Atlanta Braves at Oracle Park on September 19, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 19: Manager Gabe Kapler #19 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout during the game Atlanta Braves at Oracle Park on September 19, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

One of the divisional rivals of the Colorado Rockies, the San Francisco Giants, were ahead of the curve before the 2021 season when they adopted a new style of coaching staff: have a lot more coaches than a usual coaching staff has. Manager Gabe Kapler had 15 coaches (including five coaches working with pitchers and catchers and three hitting coaches) and that ended up being a factor in the success the Giants had this past season.

Now, there are other teams that are starting to follow suit, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Kansas City Royals have followed the Giants to an extent as each will have at least three hitting coaches in 2021.

But to follow in the steps of the San Francisco Giants, the Colorado Rockies need to go further than they have in recently.

The Colorado Rockies did go a step further to an extent in 2021.

The Rockies had three hitting coaches on their staff in 2021 in Dave Magadan (hitting coach), Jeff Salazar (assistant hitting coach), and Tim Doherty (major league coach). While Doherty didn’t have an official “hitting coach” title, he was a hitting coach or coordinator in pro baseball prior to joining the Rockies MLB staff before 2021 so he was a de facto hitting coach.

The Rockies also have Doug Bernier, who was added to the MLB coaching staff before the 2020 season as the “Major League data and game-plan coordinator.”

But since the end of the 2021 season, the Rockies have let Salazar and Doherty go.

Now, in addition to hiring replacements for them, the Rockies should go further than what they have had in recent years.

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