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Tony Diaz #43

COACHING CAREER

Tony Diaz begins his first season on a Major League coaching staff after 17 seasons as a Minor League coach or supervisor in the Rockies organization … spent the previous four seasons as Rookie Level Grand Junction's supervisor of development … prior to moving into that role, was the Rookie Level manager for six seasons with Grand Junction (2012) and Casper (2007-11) … guided the Grand Junction Rockies to a 43-33 record in their first season in Grand Junction in 2012 and was inducted into the Pioneer League Hall of Fame the following year … prior to becoming a manager, spent six seasons as the hitting coach for Casper (2001- 06) … was named Colorado's Player Development "Man of the Year" in 2002 … began his Minor League coaching career as the hitting coach for the Tucson Rockies in the Arizona Rookie League in 2000 … prior to coaching in the Minor Leagues, was the assistant coach at both Columbus (1999) and Braddock (1998) High Schools in South Florida … also assists in the Rockies Dominican Instructional League every year … served as the third base coach and bench coach for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League during the 2015-16 season and as the third base coach for the Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League during the 2012-13 season

PLAYING CAREER

Was selected by the California Angels in the 46th round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft out of Gulf Coast Community College … played shortstop for one year before suffering a careerending shoulder injury in 1996 … was named the Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 1995 at Gulf Coast Community College

PERSONAL 

Diaz authored the manual Practical English for Latin Players to help Latin baseball players diminish their language barrier … graduated from Florida International University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in marketing … was awarded the Excellence Award in 1998 while at Florida International … Diaz has a daughter, Gabriela, and a son, Anthony, and resides in Scottsdale, Ariz..