After nine seasons and 72 more games into a 10th, Bob Apodaca had enough.
The job of being a pitching coach is challenging at any level. Toss in the wild and wacky world of Coors Field, and, well, Apodaca decided, enough was enough.
"I'm fried," he said.
Apodaca asked to be reassigned within the Colorado Rockies organization and was moved into the role of special assistant to general manager Dan O'Dowd. Initially, the assignment will be to step away from the game, clear his mind and get recharged.
"He said for a lack of a better word that he was tired and needed a break," O'Dowd said. "I will have him do some special-assignment work that I have been kicking around. And this will give him a chance to catch his breath."
Never an easy job, the role of Rockies pitching coach has become even more challenging in the past 18 months. It reached a point this season that the Rockies have decided to take a radical approach to mastering the mound at a mile high.
They announced last week t...