BASEBALL: Denorfia returning for a second season with Yard Goats

The Yard Goats, Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, made the announcement Wednesday.

Denorfia, 41, will be rejoined by hitting coach Tom Sutaris, who was on staff in 2021. Denorfia welcomes a new pitching coach in Blaine Beatty and a new bench coach in Luis Lopez.

Denorfia will meet with the media this Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. He and his team open the 2022 season on April 8 against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

“We are really excited to have Chris back for another season as our manager,” Yard Goats General Manager Mike Abramson said in a statement. “It is nice to work with someone who knows our community so well, and is so supportive to our fans and partners.

“Chris is really the complete package and we can’t wait to get going in 2022.”

Denorfia played his prep ball at Choate and was a Division III All-American at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

He enjoyed a 10-year Major League career, starting with the Cincinnati Reds, who drafted him the 19th round in 2002, and later with the Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.

Prior to joining the Rockies organization, was Quality Assurance Coach with the Cubs in 2019, working on the staff of manager Joe Maddon.



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