GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.–Rockies skipper Tony Diaz was officially introduced at a press conference Thursday morning at Community Hospital.
“To bring a team here, and actually a team that you can root for,” Diaz said. “That you can embrace as your own, it’s definitely a fabulous feeling.”
Diaz is set to begin his 12th season with the Rockies and his sixth as manager at the rookie level.
“We’re very blessed to have a manager of his caliber here at this level,” said Tim Ray, Grand Junction Rockies general manager. “He understands that baseball is such an important fabric to any community, that I think our fans are going to be very impressed when they have the opportunity to not only see Tony [Diaz] manage from a baseball standpoint, but how he handles people on a daily basis.”
Ray referred to Diaz as “a father-figure on the field,” however, that role does not come without some challenges.
“At that particular stage in their careers, we try to really instill in them the importance of respecting the game and playing hard all the time,” Diaz said. “So it’s going to be all-effort, talented kids that are going to make mistakes, but, I think we can never lose sight of the big picture.”
The first round of the first-year player draft is set for June 4th, and rounds two through 40 will take place on June 5th and 6th. The Rockies have the 10th overall pick.