McLaughin ready for pitching coach duty

McLaughin ready for pitching coach duty

DENVER -- Bo McLaughlin joined the Rockies on Tuesday as co-pitching coach and vowed to preach what really matters: being aggressive with quality strikes.

The Rockies promoted McLaughin, 56, from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was in his first season as pitching coach, after former pitching coach Bob Apodaca was re-assigned on Tuesday.

McLaughlin has been with the Rockies' system for 10 years, including stints as Double-A Tulsa pitching coach and roving instructor, so it's not as if he brings a different message. McLaughlin will work alongside Jim Wright, who was promoted to co-pitching coach, but will continue his duties as bullpen coach.

McLaughlin said he was on board with the new pitching plan of four starters, plus several pitchers that could serve as backups if the starter ran into early trouble.

"People have been doing stuff like this in the past, except maybe having a five-man rotation with three long guys," McLaughlin said. "There's been talk of that in a lot of different organizations for a long time, when I was back with Baltimore, even Montreal. This is not really that big a difference. When you start throwing in off-days and stuff like that, there's going to be normal rest.

"If they want to get the win, throw five innings, they have to go out there and attack the zone with the best stuff they have, in the best locations that they have and make the thing work. That's what we always try to do. I'm not saying they were, because I haven't been here, but if guys go ahead and pace themselves, they're going to have to change to throw more strikes."

McLaughlin, who pitched in the Majors for the Astros, Braves and Athletics from 1976-82, had a pair of meetings with manager Jim Tracy to discuss the particulars of the job.

"I just got here today," McLaughlin said. "Let's just play the game, have some fun. There are enough bad things going around. Let's keep this thing positive and keep it going."