Rockies’ Dante Bichette will not return as hitting coach next season

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Colorado Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette

Colorado Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette

DENVER — Colorado Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette announced Tuesday he will not return to the team next season.

Bichette has sons who are “serious baseball talents,” and he says he needs to spend more time at home with them.

The popular former Colorado Rockies hitting star and four-time All-Star admitted he may have forgotten a little bit about the grind of the long season. “It’s been 10 years,” he said at a news conference prior to Colorado’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Coors Field.

The Rockies currently lead the National League in batting average (.271), hits (1470), slugging percentage (.420) and OPS (on-base + slugging, .744), are tied for second in runs (690) and RBI (657), second in triples (37) and fourth in home runs (155) with Bichette as hitting coach.

He spent seven of his 14 years as a major league player in a Rockies uniform. He hit the first Colorado home run ever at Coors Field, a shot that beat the New York Mets in the first game at the new stadium.

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