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Rockies hire Dante Bichette as new hitting coach

Nov 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Colorado wanted Jason Giambi to retire as a player and become a hitting coach, but the 41-year-old apparently isn’t ready to call it a career yet and the Rockies have moved on.

Today the team announced the hiring of Dante Bichette as hitting coach.

Bichette and first-year manager Walt Weiss were Rockies teammates from 1994-1997 and if nothing else Bichette is more qualified than anyone when it comes to taking advantage of Coors Field, where he hit .358 with a 1.035 OPS in 397 games while being mediocre away from high altitude.

And most importantly the Rockies hiring Bichette gives me an excuse to link to this picture of him again. Never gets old.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Then why not hire Bichette to coach the hitters at home and Giambi to coach them on the road? It’s no less whacked out than anything else about how they run that team.

    • APBA Guy - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      That may happen after Giambi fails to find a job as a player by Spring.

  2. edelmanfanclub - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Did he get a 1 year contract as well?

  3. dickclydesdale - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I guess all the Rockies hitters will be doing the “electric shock bat flip”..

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      Or maybe he can teach them how to smack women around like he did in 92 to his 19 year old girlfriend. He said she deserved it.

  4. coloradothistle - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Just don’t let him near a glove. He could do irreparable harm to the team defense if they even let him play catch with anyone.

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