So here’s what the Colorado Rockies need to do to help some of the team issues from 2021.
- They will add a bullpen coach to replace Darryl Scott but they really should hire an assistant pitching coach as well so they can have plenty of minds as pitching coaches, in theory (director pitching Steve Foster, Director of Pitching Strategy Flint Wallace, Scott, an assistant pitching coach, a bullpen coach, and Bud Black.
- They will add at least one hitting coach but they should have another coach that is, at least, a de facto second assistant hitting coach and, possibly, a third. Perhaps one of them could be a “director of hitting,” who could help with hitting strategies in the majors and minors and, particularly, getting players in the majors and in minors getting used to going between sea level and altitude.
- They need to add some coaches that bring some more diversity. That could be female coaches, coaches that are fluent in Spanish and/or other languages, and/or diversity in backgrounds (especially in analytics). They already have a few coaches and people around the team that are fluent in Spanish but adding coaches that are fluent in other languages (like Japanese) could help bring some other players to the Rockies.
The Rockies have added extra coaches in recent years and that has helped them better understand some of their issues. But now that they have identified the issues, they have to find solutions to them and not let the problems fester. And adding coaches to their staff, like the San Francisco Giants have and other teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers are doing, will help them find solutions.