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Former Rockies coach P.J. Carey passes away

Longtime Rockies minor-league manager and one-time major-league coach P.J. Carey has passed away.

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Former Colorado Rockies major- and minor-league coach P.J. Carey passed away at the age of 59, according to Tracy Ringolsby of Root Sports.

Carey spent 13 years as an instructor in the Rockies organization, including a year in the majors in 1997. He served as the manager for several different Rockies minor-league affiliates, most recently with the Casper (now Grand Junction) Rockies from 2003-06.

Rockies centerfielder Dexter Fowler reacted to the news of the death of his first manager in professional baseball:

Carey left the Rockies organization in 2007 to join the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor-league staff as a roving fielding coordinator. Two years later, he was moved into a player development advisory role, a position he held until after the 2011 season.

In 40 years of professional baseball, Carey spent time in the Rockies, Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners organizations as a player, coach, manager and front office staff member.