Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca asked to be reassigned

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Being the pitching coach in Colorado can’t be an easy job.  Bob Apodaca certainly has had enough of it as he has asked to be reassigned and the Rockies are granting him his wish. Bullpen coach Jim Wright will take over.

Apodaca has been with the Rockies for a decade, but as Troy Renck just tweeted, he seems to have been at the end of his rope for a while:

 

Apodaca is 62 years-old. Before the Rockies gig he was the pitching coach for the Brewers and before that the Mets. In the 70s he was a Mets reliever. Now it sounds like he’s got “special assistant” and “roving instructor” titles in his future.

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.