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Rockies hire Mark Wiley as director of pitching operations

Oct 22, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

Mark Wiley AP AP

No strangers to the unconventional, the Rockies announced today that they have hired Mark Wiley for their newly-created position of director of pitching operations.

Wiley worked as a scout with the Marlins this year and has previously served as pitching coach with the Orioles, Indians, Marlins and Royals. He’s had two previous stints with the Rockies, first as senior director of player personnel in 2000 and as a special baseball operations assistant from November 2005 through 2007.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes that Wiley will oversee pitching throughout the organization in his new position and will also have significant input on who the Rockies hire as their next pitching coach.

Pitching has always been an issue at Coors Field and it was especially problematic this year, as the Rockies ranked last in the majors in both team ERA (5.22) and rotation ERA (5.81). The club implemented a four-man rotation in mid-June and limited their starters to around 75 pitches, but they are expected to return to a more traditional five-man rotation next season.

  1. micker716 - Oct 22, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Another layer of bureaucracy is always the cure for an underperforming organization.

  2. polegojim - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Barf, choke, puke – Rockies Baseball.

    Brilliant Mr. O’Dowd, just absolutely brilliant… NOT.

    You must have the same type pictures of the owners that Matt Millen had… to still have a job there.

  3. maximusprime107 - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    If the Rockies could ever put together a competent pitching staff, they would be a really good team. Unfortunately, that never seems to be the case

  4. mondo96 - Oct 25, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    One more staff member to pay that does not had value to the roster and one more person for Dan O’ Dowd to blame when things go wrong. Why does Dan O ‘ Dud still have a job?

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