There have been many cries for Bob Apodaca’s job on this site recently and when I got home today and cracked open Facebook I see this announcement from the Rockies PR staff:
The Rockies announced today that Bob Apodaca asked to be reassigned within the organization and will now be Special Assistant to the General Manager. The club has named Major League Bullpen Coach Jim Wright and current Triple-A Colorado Springs Pitching Coach Bo McLaughlin as co-Major League pitching coaches.
Wright will continue to focus on the relief pitchers, while McLaughlin’s focus will be on the starting pitchers.
This is sort of odd, isn’t it?
First, Apodaca asked to resign but stays on with the team as a special assistant. Sort of feels like he might have seen the writing on the wall that his job was in question, doesn’t it? Personally, I think of the pitching coach primarily being responsible for the starters, at least that is his main focus. If the starting staff was reduced from five to four and on top of that had a pitch count added that reduced the likelihood that they could last more five innings reduces that responsibility even more.
If I was in his position I would probably do the same thing.
And then, secondly, they promote TWO individuals to coach the apparently very separate bunch of players? I am not the biggest history buff but my guess is that you could count on one hand how many times in history a MLB team has carried two pitching coaches. It isn’t exactly the same, but I always viewed the pitching coach as baseball’s defensive coordinator with the hitting coach being the offensive counterpart. How many NFL teams have co-coordinators of any sort?
This situation just gets more bizarre by the day.
I think I would actually feel better about it if he was fired and no longer with the team. If that was the case it would at least show that the team is willing to start making changes – drastic changes.