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Rockies announce field staff for 2013 season

The Rockies officially unveiled their 2013 field staff on Thursday, with new manager Walt Weiss leading a group that includes three other additions.

Dante Bichette has joined the staff as the hitting coach, Stu Cole is the third-base coach and Rene Lachemann is the first-base coach. Returning are bench coach Tom Runnells, pitching coach Jim Wright, assistant pitching coach Bo McLaughlin and catching instructor/defensive positioning coach Jerry Weinstein.

Weiss was hired as the Rockies' skipper on Nov. 7. Bichette, one of Weiss' former teammates in Colorado in the 1990s, came onboard on Tuesday. Both are part of a big league coaching staff for the first time, both at age 48.

Cole spent the past 17 seasons working in the Rockies' Minor League system, including the last 12 as a manager. The 46-year-old former Rockies farmhand has led Triple-A Colorado Springs since 2009.

Lachemann was the Colorado Springs hitting coach for the past five seasons, but the 67-year-old carries extensive big league coaching experience. He has managed the Mariners (1981-83), Brewers (1984) and Marlins (1993-96), and was part of six coaching staffs on teams that reached the postseason, most recently the A's in 2006.

Runnells is back for his fifth season after interviewing for the managerial opening. The Rockies also elected to keep two pitching coaches in McLaughlin and Wright, who began splitting duties last June after Bob Apodaca stepped down. Weinstein will stay but with a change in title after serving as catching coach in 2012.

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