Rockies announce 2013 coaching staff

Doug Pensinger

New manager Walt Weiss filled out his coaching staff for the 2013 season with some familiar faces.

Walt Weiss is back with the Rockies organization, this time as manager after spending seven seasons as a special assistant to the general manager in the last decade. He filled his first coaching staff with other faces that should be plenty familiar to Rockies fans.

Weiss held on to Tom Runnells as the team's bench coach. Runnells will enter his fourth full season at the position. The Rockies new hitting coach should be a very familiar name to fans. Dante Bichette was a four-time All-Star for the Rockies and was runner up in the 1995 National League Most Valuable Player voting. It's his first coaching job at the major league level. Jim Wright will move from bullpen coach for his second sting as the Rockies' pitching coach this season. He was the bullpen coach from 2009 to '12 and also served as the pitching coach in 2002 for the Rockies.

The first base coach's box will be occupied by Rene Lachemann, while third base will be taken by Stu Cole. Cole will be in his 18th consecutive season with the Rockies organization but his first with the big club. Weiss also retained assistant pitching coach Bo McLaughlin and catching instructor/defensive positioning coach Jerry Weinstein.

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