Rockies director of pitching operations Mark Wiley is retiring, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports. Wiley has worked in his current position since 2012, but he previously worked for Colorado’s organization as a player personnel director (in 2000) and as a front-office assistant (2006-07). Wiley might be best known for his seven stints as a big-league pitching coach, serving in the role on two separate occasions with each of the Orioles, Indians and Marlins, and coaching once with the Royals.
All in all, Wiley, 73, has been in baseball for 52 years in many different roles. Apart from his pitching-coach gigs and his three jobs with the Rockies, Wiley has also worked as a scout, a minor-league manager and coach, special assistant to former Marlins GM Michael Hill and he had an 11-year playing career that included 21 MLB games. We at MLBTR wish Wiley all the best in retirement, and congratulate him on a fine career.
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