April 9, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (45) talks to pitching coach Bob Apodaca (36) during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
The Rockies coaching staff was shaken up today as longtime pitching coach Bob Apodaca asked to be reassigned within the organization. According to a team press release, Apodaca has been named a Special Assistant to Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd, and "will be responsible for special pitching assignments as directed by O'Dowd." The reasoning for the change is unclear, though Troy Renck of the Denver post tweeted that Apodaca has been considering retirement since the end of the 2011 season.
Replacing Apodaca will be a tag team of Rockies bullpen coach Jim Wright and AAA Colorado Springs pitching coach Bo McLaughlin. Wright will continue to mentor the Rockies bullpen in an extended capacity, with McLaughlin, who has been a part of the Rockies organization for ten years in a variety of positions, will focus on the starting rotation. McLaughlin is likely to be familiar with a great deal of the Rockies current staff, especially those who have spent time with the Sky Sox this year. Both coaches appear to be filling this duty in a short term capacity, as the team may be searching for alternatives for the position in the offseason.
Apodaca will be leaving his position as pitching coach just short of ten years on the job. Stay tuned for further analysis over the coming days, as it seems many here at Purple Row are going to have things to say on the subject. Renck and Patrick Saunders' article on the situation is here, featuring comments from Jhoulys Chacin and Jeff Francis, two pitchers who have worked under Apodaca for several seasons.