I just read the transactions page on the Rockies Website. http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130204&content_id=41396264&vkey=news_col&c_id=colThis explains what the Rockies are doing at each level with their staff. They have a new position called development director. Here is how the Rockies explain the position
"The development directors will work with the manager, staffs and players to make sure that the Rockies' development philosophies are being carried out and communication and team building take place.The way the Rockies operated in the past, there was a manager and coaching staff at each level, and a set of roving instructors with various responsibilities -- pitching, infield, outfield, catching and base running. The Rockies hope the new structure brings more consistent instruction from level to level."
I get what the Rockies are trying to do. More coaches, better instruction = better players. As it stands now a player doesn't really get much individual instruction once they break spring training, unless a roving instructor shows up. The Rockies are trying to do the right thing here, but it raises a lot of questions. How does the Development Director and the team head coach relationship play out. Tony Diaz is now a Development Director, he is an amazing head coach. Is it smart to get him out of the role he was so good at? Is the head coach going to be looking over his shoulder all the time? The head coach is the "Captain" of the ship and has the final word on everything. Does the head coach now back off on training and say that this is the Development Directors job?
Sometimes when you have a good idea on paper, last yrs. pitching rotation, it doesn't work in real life. Sometimes, you have to step back to go forward. Whatever results happen from this new Rockies coaching idea, I commend the Rockies for thinking outside of the traditional box and trying to make the entire organization better.