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Possible candidates to be next Rox manager

Black, Roenicke among those Colorado is interested in
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DENVER -- A number of former full-season Major League managers such as Bud Black, Brad Mills and Ron Roenicke, are beginning to surface in the Rockies' pursuit of a replacement for Walt Weiss.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich has said that previous Major League managing experience would be on a list of factors for Colorado's next manager, but it is not a necessary requirement.

DENVER -- A number of former full-season Major League managers such as Bud Black, Brad Mills and Ron Roenicke, are beginning to surface in the Rockies' pursuit of a replacement for Walt Weiss.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich has said that previous Major League managing experience would be on a list of factors for Colorado's next manager, but it is not a necessary requirement.

Here's a look at those with significant experience:

• Black managed the Padres from 2008-15 and interviewed for the Braves' managerial vacancy; however, reports Monday had Atlanta close to hiring Brian Snitker, who finished 2016 as the interim skipper.

• Roenicke, the Angels' third-base coach, managed the Brewers for three-plus seasons before being let go early in 2015. He went 4-0 as the Angels' acting manager in August while manager Mike Scioscia was suspended.

• Mills, currently the Indians' bench coach, managed the Astros from 2010-12, and has managed in the Rockies' Minor League system.

Other possible Rockies targets from outside the organization with no prior managerial experience include:

• Braves first-base coach Eddie Perez, who said in Venezuela -- where he is managing in winter ball -- that the Rockies have expressed interest. Hall of Fame manage Bobby Cox has touted Perez's potential as a manager.

• Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez interviewed for the Dodgers' job last year before Dave Roberts was hired and has interviewed for other jobs in recent seasons.

• Giants bench coach Ron Wotus has held the job since 1999 and was been a key figure in three World Series champions and interviewed with the Nationals before Dusty Baker was hired after the 2015 season.

• Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., who spent a season of his 20-season Major League catching career with the Rockies (2007), managed the Indians after Manny Acta was dismissed with six games left in the 2012 season (3-3). He was retained as bench coach when current manager Terry Francona took the job in 2013.

• Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo managed the club toward the end of the 2015 season and went 28-20 while manager John Farrell was undergoing cancer treatments. Lovullo was a successful manager in the Indians and Red Sox systems.

The club has not commented publicly on any outside candidate. With several candidates still involved in the postseson, it is possible that a decision will not be made until after the World Series.

Within the Rockies' auspices, Triple-A Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill has been speculated about as a candidate for the managing job, but he also could be a candidate for a position on the Major League coaching staff if the club goes in a different direction. Bridich acknowledged when asked that Hill is someone the organization views highly.

Those familiar with the Rockies say Bridich is looking for a manager who is on board with the club's emphasis on advanced analytics and statistical information for player evaluation and strategy, as well as someone with a solid and creative approach to team chemistry.

Weiss decided last Monday not to pursue a new contract after his three-year deal expired, and Bridich concurred. Both cited a strained working relationship. Weiss was in place when Bridich was promoted from player development director to GM after the 2014 season.

The Rockies also have parted ways with most of the staff under Weiss. But pitching coach Steve Foster, bullpen coach Darren Holmes and third-base coach Stu Cole were invited to return. The team has yet to make a formal announcement, however.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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