Found October 09, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Colorado Rockies' managerial search will include two in-house candidates. Bench coach Tom Runnells and Triple-A Colorado Springs manager Stu Cole are both in the running to replace Jim Tracy, according to multiple media reports. Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping away from a $1.4 million contract to lead the team next season. Runnells, 57, has major league managerial experience, having guided the Montreal Expos for parts of the 1991 and 1992 seasons. He compiled a 68-81 record. Before becoming the Rockies' bench coach in 2009, he had served as a minor league manager in the Colorado farm system. Runnells played parts of 1985 and 1986 with the Cincinnati Reds, going 8-for-46 (.174) in 40 games. Cole, 46, spent three years managing the Rockies' Double-A Tulsa affiliate before taking over as Colorado Springs' manager in 2009. His brief major league playing career consisted of nine games and a .143 average (1-for-7) in 1991 with the Kansas City Royals. The De...

Rockies voice support for Tracy

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Where do the Rockies go from here?

Big Leagues Monthly is a new and up-and-coming e-magazine with some of the best baseball writing you'll find in one place. And it is humbling to be among a group of so many talented peers that write for the magazine. The new issue was just released yesterday and included is an article about where the Colorado Rockies go from this point now that they have tanked to 98 losses this...
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