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Rockies coaches Dave Colllins and Duane Espy will not return in 2007
10/02/2006 3:47 PM ET
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies announced today that first base/outfield coach Dave Collins and hitting coach Duane Espy will not return to the staff in 2007. Espy has been reassigned within the organization while Collins has tendered his resignation. All other coaches currently on the staff are slated to return next year.

Collins, 53, has spent the last four seasons as the Rockies' first base coach and outfield instructor since being named to the position on October 15, 2002. Collins, who also assisted in baserunning instruction for Colorado, spent 16 seasons playing in the major leagues, compiling 395 stolen bases.

Espy, 54, has spent the last four seasons as the club's hitting coach after he was named to the role on October 23, 2002. He has been reassigned to work in player development with the organization's minor league affiliates. The 2006 campaign was Espy's 36th year in professional baseball, including over six seasons as a major league hitting coach.

These are the first changes to the club's coaching staff since Mike Gallego took over as third base coach after the 2004 season. Gallego took the role vacated when Sandy Alomar accepted a position on the New York Mets coaching staff. That marks the only other change to the Rockies' staff since Clint Hurdle began his first full season as manager in 2003.

All other Rockies coaches are scheduled to return for the 2007 season: pitching coach Bob Apodaca, Gallego, bullpen coach Rick Mathews, and bench coach Jamie Quirk.

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