The Rockies are considering Braves first base coach Eddie Perez for their vacant managerial position, Reyes Ureña of El Universal in Venezuelan tweets (link via MLB.com’s Thomas Harding). Perez recently interviewed for the Braves’ managerial job as well, although the team has acknowledged that it would be difficult to hire him, given the work interim manager Brian Snitker has done.
Previous Rockies manager Walt Weiss resigned this week, citing an unhealthy relationship with GM Jeff Bridich. Immediately after Weiss’ departure, Glenallen Hill, the Rockies’ manager at Triple-A Albuquerque, emerged as a possible candidate. As Harding notes, Bridich acknowledges that Hill is a potential candidate.
“I think he [Hill] would be somebody internally that we would consider, certainly,” says Bridich. “But then again, this is all very new information and new news. So there have been no formal plans put in place.”
The 48-year-old Perez played parts of 11 seasons in the big leagues, suiting up for the Braves, Indians and Brewers, notably serving as Greg Maddux’s personal catcher in Atlanta. Since retiring as a player, he’s worked as a bullpen coach as well as first base coach for the Braves, while also managing in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Hill, 51, played for the Blue Jays, Indians, Cubs, Giants, Mariners, Yankees and Angels over the course of a 13-year big-league career. He began coaching in the Rockies system in 2003 and has served as the team’s first base coach. He has managed the Rockies’ Triple-A team (first in Colorado Springs, then in Albuquerque) for the past four seasons.