Rox hire Weinstein to be catching coach
Ex-Minor League manager gets first big league job of career
DENVER -- After more than 40 years of coaching in the college and pro ranks and working in player development, Jerry Weinstein will join a Major League coaching staff for the first time when he becomes the Rockies' catching coach in 2012, the club announced on Friday.Weinstein, who has managed at Class A Modesto for the last five seasons, will replace Marv Foley, who returns to his previous position as the Rockies' Minor League catching coordinator. It's the only change for the Rockies' big league staff. In the Minor League system, former Major League pitcher Doug Linton becomes Minor League pitching coordinator, and 2011 coordinator Bo McLaughlin moves into Linton's former duty as Triple-A Colorado Springs pitching coach. Lenn Sakata takes Weinstein's old post as Modesto manager after previously serving as Class A Asheville hitting coach. Weinstein had five straight winning seasons at Asheville. He also was the Dodgers' catching coordinator in 1999 and their player development director in 2000 and 2001. Weinstein also coached Sacramento City College to 831 wins in 23 seasons, including a National Junior College Athletic Association championship in 1998. In addition, he served as pitching coach at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo from 2001-05, and was an assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic team in 1992 and 1996. He was also an assistant coach of the U.S. National Program in the Pan Am Games in 1987 and the Maccabiah Games in 2005. Foley managed Double-A Tulsa in 2003 and Colorado Springs in 2004 and 2005 before becoming the Rockies' Minor League catching coordinator from 2006-10. Before joining the Asheville staff in 2011, Sakata spent two years in Japan as a Minor League coach. Before that, he was a manager in the Giants' organization from 1999-2007. During that time, he managed San Jose to three Class A California League championships (2001, 2005 and 2007), and was named California League manager of the year in 2005 and Baseball America magazine High-A Manager of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Linton worked at Colorado Springs for the last two seasons, after coaching at Modesto in 2008. McLaughlin is entering his 11th season in the Rockies' system.
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