Expect a lot of Colorado connections with Hurdle as the new manager.
Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Clint Hurdle, expect a lot of connections to the Colorado Rockies, both with potential free agent acquisitions, and with potential additions to the coaching staff. Troy Renck, the beat writer for the Denver Post, has some speculation today on both fronts.
Renck mentioned that it would be interesting to see whether Hurdle called on Colorado pitching coach Bob Apodaca. Apodaca has been the pitching coach in Colorado since 2003, which was the first full season Hurdle served as the manager. He also worked as the pitching coach under Hurdle with the St. Lucie Mets (Class-A) in 1988, the Jackson Mets (Class-AA) in 1990, and the Tideater/Norfolk Tides (Class-AAA) from 2002-2003.
Apodaca is under contract with the Colorado Rockies, and as Renck points out, the Pirates would have to ask permission from the Rockies to talk to him, and might require compensation to pry him a...
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