A year after luring manager Walt Weiss away from Regis High School, the Rockies are considering an out-of-the-batter’s-box hire for the hitting instructor’s job. Former minor league infielder Blake Doyle has emerged as a strong candidate for the position after interviewing with the Rockies, according to multiple sources close to the situation. Doyle, 59, played nine years in the minor leagues as an infielder from 1972 to 1980, finishing with Triple-A Indianapolis. He joined brothers Denny and Brian, former big leaguers, to start Doyle Baseball in 1978, a Florida-based baseball school that runs development camps and helps stage showcase events for amateur players. Doyle Baseball lists 42 big league alums, including free agent Raul Ibanez and former Rockies Jeff Baker and Charles Johnson. Doyle is known as a strong communicator and has served as a guest motivational speaker. Weiss has known Doyle for years, attending their events, most recently with his son Brody, a shortstop at Cal-Santa Barbara. The challenge for any coach without professional experience is gaining the respect of major league players. Weiss made a successful transition last season, but had the advantage of playing in the big leagues and owning a World Series ring. The Rockies have been seeking a new hitting instructor since Dante Bichette resigned after one season to be closer to his family. Eric Young Sr., a former Rockies all-star, is considered the leading candidate for the first base coaching job.
Blake Doyle now leading candidate for Rockies hitting instructor job
Denver Post | Nov 25