Rockies name Alomar Sr. and three others

Oct. 15, 2002 at 10:14 PM
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DENVER, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, replacing much of the staff he fired last month, Tuesday named Sandy Alomar Sr. third base coach, Dave Collins first base coach, Rick Matthews bullpen coach and Jamie Quirk bench coach.

Additionally, the club hired former Rockie Mark Strittmatter as the new bullpen catcher.

Alomar Sr., 58, coached in the bullpen and at first base for the Chicago Cubs during the past three seasons. The former major league infielder appeared in 1,481 games from 1964-78. He also is the father of current New York Mets second baseman Roberto Alomar and Rockies catcher Sandy Alomar Jr.

Collins was the first base coach with the Milwaukee Brewers last season after coaching in the Rockies' minor league system. A 16-year major leaguer, Collins posted a career average of .272 and stole 395 bases.

Matthews returns to the role he filled for the Rockies during their inaugural 1993 campaign and the 1995 season.

Quirk, 47, spent last season as the Texas Rangers' bullpen coach after an eight-year spell on the Kansas City Royals' staff. Quirk and Hurdle were teammates with the Royals.

On Sept. 26, the Rockies let go pitching coach Jim Wright, hitting coach Alan Cockrell, bullpen coach-catching instructor Fred Kendall, third base coach Toby Harrah, first base coach Dallas Williams and bullpen catcher Nilson Robledo after a disappointing 73-89 season.

Hurdle became manager on April 26, when Buddy Bell was fired.

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