Rockies Want Baylor In Front Office


Colorado Rockies owner Jerry McMorris wants Don Baylor to learn about, and teach, baseball from the front office instead of the field.

McMorris offered Baylor an administrative job with the Rockies after firing him as manager earlier this month.

The two, along with new Rockies manager Jim Leyland, were scheduled to meet today near Palm Springs, Calif., to discuss the offer.

"We're going to give him a job that will teach him the inside workings of baseball, and we want him to teach us what he thinks our organization lacks and to help enhance our process," McMorris said Sunday.

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  • As the first manager in Rockies' history, Baylor compiled a 440-469 record over six years before he was fired. Last week, Baylor turned down a coaching position with the Seattle Mariners, saying he still hoped to manage.

    McMorris believes Baylor could help Colorado's farm teams by evaluating both player and non-player personnel.

    The Triple-A Colorado Springs, Double-A New Haven and Single-A Salem teams finished a combined 74 games below .500 last season, primarily because of a lack of position-player talent.

    "We'd like more prospects and we want minor-league teams that win," McMorris said. "We want our young kids to learn how to win."

    The team owner said Baylor also could have input on major player transactions.

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