Colorado Rockies fill coaching staff

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Walt Weiss was introduced as the team's new manager in 2012. The organization's decision not to renew his contract was widely anticipated after a losing record. (Photo: KDVR)

DENVER — New Rockies manager Walt Weiss has a full coaching staff. The club announced Thursday three more additions including a new pitching coach.

Jim Wright, who has been promoted from bullpen coach, will try to turn things around after a rough 2012 season.

The Rockies starting rotation went 29-68 with a 5.81 ERA last season.

Earlier in the week, Dante Bichette joined the staff as the hitting coach, Stu Cole is the third base coach and Rene Lachemann is the first base coach.

Tom Runnells will return as bench coach along with pitching coach Jim Wright, assistant pitching coach Bo McLaughlin and catching instructor/defensive positioning coach Jerry Weinstein.

This is Wright’s second try at pitching coach in Colorado.

The 57-year-old held that position in 2002 and the starting rotation went 55-59.

Cole spent the past 17 seasons working in the Rockies’ Minor League system, including the last 12 as a manager. The 46-year-old former Rockies farmhand has led Triple-A Colorado Springs since 2009.

Lachemann was the Colorado Springs hitting coach for the past five seasons, but the 67-year-old does have big league coaching experience. He has managed the Mariners (1981-83), Brewers (1984) and Marlins (1993-96), and was part of six coaching staffs on teams that reached the postseason, most recently the A’s in 2006.