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Tom Runnells #11

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Full Name:
Tom Runnells
Uniform #:
11

MANAGING/COACHING CAREER:
Runnells begins his fourth full season as Colorado's bench coach, is in his 10th season overall with the Rockies organization...in 2009 he returned to the Major Leagues for the first time since managing the Montreal Expos for parts of two seasons from 1991-92...prior to joining the Rockies Major League efforts mid-season, he was in his fourth season at the helm of the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox...at that time, Runnells had the club in first place of the Pacific Coast League Pacific 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 served as Manager of the Rockies' Double-A affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers, from 2004- 05...Runnells spent 11 years in the Tigers organization before joining the Rockies...he served as Minor League Roving Hitting Instructor for the Tigers during in his final five seasons with the organization from 1993-2003...during his time with Detroit he also spent time as a manager at Double-A London (1993) and Trenton (1994)...he was the manager for TripleA Toledo from 1995-96 before working as an advance scout for the organization from 1997-98...Runnells compiled a Major League managerial record of 68-81 (.456) from 1991-92...at age 36, he was the youngest manager in baseball when he was named to the position with Montreal on June 3, 1991.

PLAYING CAREER:
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...Tom and his wife, Chrys, have a daughter, Riley...Tom also has two grown children, April and Tom Jr...Chrys is the lead anchor for WTOL-TV, the CBS affiliate, in Toledo, OH...Tom is a native of Colorado and a graduate of Greeley West High School and the University of Northern Colorado.

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