SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies took an unusual step Sunday and presented their Abby Greer Award, which usually goes to the most valuable player of Spring Training who is a product of their player development system, to bench coach Tom Runnells.
Runnells, who turns 57 on April 17, has been a member of manager Jim Tracy's staff for three-plus seasons, and managed in the Rockies' system at Tulsa in 2004 and 2005, then at Colorado Springs from 2006 through the early part of 2009.
The award went to Runnells for his tireless work in organizing the drills and teaching through the spring camp. It's the first time a non-player has been given the award.
The award is named for a fan who lost her life at age 6 in an accident following a game at Coors Field on Aug. 26, 2002. The trophy is a mountain-shaped piece of flagstone with an inscription honoring Abby Greer.