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Tom Runnells #11

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MANAGING/COACHING CAREER: Runnells begins his sixth full season, and seventh season overall, as Colorado's bench coach...2015 is his 12th season with the Rockies addition to his role on Walt Weiss' staff, Runnells also runs the day-to-day operations for Major League Spring Training, coordinating all team meetings, and workouts and drills for all players and staff members...prior to joining the Rockies Major League coaching staff midseason of 2009, he was in his fourth season as manager of the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky that time, Runnells had the club in first place of the Pacific Coast League North Division with a record of 28-18...overall he compiled a 234-242 (.492) record as manager of the Sky Sox in his three-and-a-half seasons, and his 234 wins are the second-most for a manager in Sky Sox history, behind former Astros Manager Brad Mills (271 wins, 1994-96)...prior to taking over managerial duties for the Sky Sox in 2006, Runnells was manager of the Rockies' Double-A affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers, from 2004-05...before joining the Rockies' system, Runnells spent 11 years in the Detroit Tigers organization, serving as Minor League roving hitting instructor (1999-2003), advance scout (1997-98), manager at Triple-A Toledo (1995-96), manager at Double-A Trenton (1994) and London (1993)...Runnells managed the Montreal Expos for parts of two seasons (1991-92), where he compiled a record of 68-81 (.456) the time Runnells was named manager of the Expos on June 3, 1991, he was 36 years old, which at the time was the youngest manager in baseball.

PLAYING CAREER: Runnells played 10 seasons of professional baseball, which included 40 Major League games as an infielder for the Cincinnati Reds (1985-86)...was originally signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in 1977 and signed as a free agent with the Reds in 1983...he retired after the 1986 season and was given his first managerial job with the Reds' Double-A club, Vermont, in 1987.

PERSONAL: Thomas William Runnells...he and his wife, Chrys, have a daughter, Riley...Runnells also has two grown children, April and Tom Jr...Chrys was the lead anchor for WTOL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Toledo, Ohio, for several years before retiring in 2014...Runnells is a native of Colorado and a graduate of Greeley West High School and the University of Northern Colorado.

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