Rockies prefer in-house option for manager, but Dodgers' Tim Wallach a possibility

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Colorado's unique management structure may make someone already within the organization a better option to replace Jim Tracy, but they will do their due diligence with outside candidates.

While being a manager of one of the 30 MLB teams is one of the brass rings in the baseball business, the Rockies are looking for a slightly different candidate than the other 29 teams.

Bill Geivett, Colorado's director of major league operations, has an office in the team's clubhouse and assumes many of the manager's duties in terms of overseeing the roster. Dan O'Dowd, the team's putative GM, is more involved with minor league operations and player development.

As a result, the Rockies manager is only responsible for dealing with the media, doing prep work for the game and handling in-game tactical decisions.

That's why, according to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Colorado's search to replace Jim Tracy will first focus on two internal candidates -- bench coach Tim Runnels and Triple A manager Stu Cole -- who are already comfortable with the division of responsibilities in Colorado.

However, they will explore their options outside of the organization, with Rosenthal mentioning Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. as possible candidates as well.

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