The Colorado Rockies continued the shake-up of their coaching staff today, as the team fired Rene Lachemann, Eric Young, Tom Runnells and Blake Doyle, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
After the Rockies parted ways with manager Walt Weiss last week, additional moves were always possible, but with today’s moves the team has essentially cleared house. Now, only three members of last year’s coaching staff remain: Darren Holmes, Stu Cole and Steve Foster.
Tom Runnells had been with the organization since the 2003 season, and had been on the Major League coaching staff as bench coach since partway through 2009.
Blake Doyle had just completed his third season as the Rockies hitting coach, joining the staff following the 2013 season after 33 years running the Doyle Baseball Academy.
Eric Young also joined the team for the 2014 season, taking over as first base coach as well as baserunning and outfield instruction.
Finally, Rene Lachemann, who had spent the past three seasons as the Rockies catching coach and defensive coordinator, was fired after his fourth season on the staff. The 2016 season was his 53rd consecutive as a coach in professional baseball.