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Tony Diaz

COACHING CAREER: Tony Diaz enters his second season on the Major League coaching staff after 17 seasons as a Minor League coach or supervisor in the Rockies organization … spent four seasons as Rookie Level Grand Junction's supervisor of development (2013-2016) … 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.