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MANAGING/COACHING CAREER: Apodaca is in his 10th season as the club's pitching coach, the most tenured Major League coach on the Rockies staff...he is the sixth pitching coach in Rockies history, joining Larry Bearnarth (1993- 95), Frank Funk (1996-98), Milt May (1999), Marcel Lachemann (2000-01) and Jim Wright (2002)...enters his 40th year in professional baseball...Apodaca oversaw a group of pitchers that combined to set the Rockies single season ERA record (4.14) in 2010...that included Ubaldo Jimenez setting several Rockies single season records and pitching the first no-hitter in club history (4/17 at ATL)...in 2009 the Rockies had five 10-game winners, the first time that has happened in franchise history...the 2009 Rockies pitching staff also set the previous team ERA (4.22) mark, ahead of 2007 (4.32)...the Rockies pitching staff has now posted the six-best ERA marks in club history over the last six years, since 2006...while Colorado has seen pitchers from within its own organization have success during Apodaca's tenure, several pitchers from outside organization have enjoyed success after joining the Rockies staff, including Jorge De La Rosa, Jason Hammel, Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt...in 2008, Bob was a member of the National League All-Star coaching staff led by Clint Hurdle at Yankee Stadium in July...Apodaca spent 30 seasons in the Mets system, including 29 consecutive as a player or coach from 1971-1999...was New York's pitching coach from 1996-99 and then Milwaukee's pitching coach in 2000 and 2001...returned to the Mets in 2002, as the pitching coach at Single-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League...after injuries eventually ended his playing career in 1981, Bob was hired that summer as a coach with Single-A Little Falls of the New York-Penn League...coached Double-A Jackson of the Texas League in 1983 before moving on to Single-A Columbia of the South Atlantic League for four seasons (1984-87)...in 1986, he led Columbia to the league championship, earning SAL Coach of the Year honors...in 1988, he joined Clint Hurdle at St. Lucie in what was Clint's first season as a professional manager...Bob went to Jackson in 1989, where Hurdle would join him one year later when Clint took over as the skipper of the Double-A club...from 1991-96, Bob coached for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, including two seasons with Hurdle in 1992-93...after spending over half of the 1996 campaign with Norfolk, Apodaca was appointed as New York's Major League pitching coach on Aug. 26, 1996; spent 3 1/2 years in that capacity, including the wild card season of 1999.

PLAYING CAREER: The right-hander spent his entire professional career with the Mets starting at Class-A Visalia in 1971...made his Major League debut late in the 1973 season and went on to pitch four full seasons in a Mets uniform before injuries eventually ended his career...appeared in 184 games, 11 starts, going 16-25 with a 2.86 ERA and 26 saves...earned his first major league victory on May 13, 1974 when he beat Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals in a starting role...his best season came in 1975 when he posted a 1.48 ERA while allowing just 66 hits in 85.0 innings...tore a ligament in his right elbow during the final week of spring training in 1978...missed that entire season and pitched in only two games at Triple-A in 1979...the injury sidelined the righty for all of 1980...saw action in just 6 games with Jackson (AA) in 1981 before retiring.

PERSONAL: Robert John Apodaca...he and his wife, Deborah, have two sons, Bobby and Josh, and two daughters, Toby and Kim...was a third baseman in high school but converted to a pitcher at Cerritos Junior College...transferred to California State at Los Angeles where he was the team MVP as a senior...participates in the Rockies "Care & Share Program," which invites children living with serious illnesses to attend batting practice and meet Rockies players and coaches.

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