The jarring infrastructure change in the Rockies' front office is no longer limited to Coors Field.
Last Aug. 1, Bill Geivett was promoted to director of major-league operations, leaving him with a desk in the clubhouse and the responsibility of overseeing day-to-day operations.
The Rockies have extended the idea to the minor leagues, adding development supervisors for each affiliate, save for Triple-A Colorado Springs, where they have yet to make a hire. The supervisors will oversee their clubs, helping to create continuity in philosophy and teaching throughout the minors. They will also travel with the team, the same as Geivett does for the Rockies.
All but one of the supervisors have worked in the organization. They are: Duane Espy (Double-A Tulsa); Fred Nelson (Single-A Modesto), who spent the past 27 years working for the Astros; Marv Foley (Single-A Asheville); Ron Gideon (short-season Tri-City); and Tony Diaz (short-season Grand Junction).
The moves are part of a wide-ranging revamping of the organization after a 98-loss season. Earlier this offseason, the Rockies hired Mark Wiley in the newly created position of director of pitching.
The addition of the development supervisors led to a shuffling in the managerial spots. There will be new managers for five of the six minor-league clubs. Lenn Sakata is the lone holdover, returning to manage the Modesto Nuts. The new managers are Glenallen Hill (Colorado Springs), Kevin Riggs (Tulsa), Fred Ocasio (Asheville), Drew Saylor (Tri-City) and Anthony Sanders (Grand Junction).
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Rockies add development supervisors to minor-league affiliates
Denver Post | Feb 5