Rockies To Return Staff

Manager Jim Tracy was given the final say on his coaching staff for 2012 and decided to retain the entire crew.

The Rockies announced the decision Tuesday before a 7-0 loss at San Francisco left them 72-89 with one game remaining.

Tracy cited the success his staff has had in the past and said it would be hasty to let anyone go after this year's disappointing season. In essence, retaining the staff puts more responsibility and accountability on the players to turn things around.

Tracy's staff includes bench coach Tom Runnells, pitching coach Bob Apodaca (who will return for his 10th season in that role), hitting coach Carney Lansford, third base coach Rich Dauer, first base coach Glenallen Hill, bullpen coach Jim Wright and catching coach Marv Foley.

Lansford was added to the staff after the 2010 season when hitting coach Don Baylor was let go.

"It's real easy to point fingers," Tracy said. "And if you want to get right down to it, that's the easy way out. This is basically the same group of guys that was involved with a club that a couple years ago was 10 games under .500 and ended up winning a wild-card championship, and the same group of guys that a year ago in late September we were a half an inning away from tying for first place.

"We encountered what I would consider to be serious adversity this year, but I never saw anybody complain about it. I never saw one coach on this staff work less. They worked harder. That's what you look for when things start to go in a direction that you didn't anticipate it going."

One project for Apodaca to tackle next year figures to be right-hander Alex White, who struggled with the Rockies after arriving in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland.

White allowed six hits and three runs in four innings Tuesday, including Brandon Belt's two-run homer in the fourth. He also threw three wild pitches. In seven starts for Colorado, White went 2-4 with an 8.42 ERA, and he allowed 12 homers in 36 1/3 innings.

White and catcher Wilin Rosario made errors, and in addition to Belt's homer, San Francisco's Conor Gillaspie hit an inside-the-park homer in the seventh inning off Esmil Rogers. Gillaspie fell down rounding third base but still scored.

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