Stu Cole, an infielder with the Charlotte 49ers baseball team from 1985-87, was named the Colorado Rockies’ 3rd base coach earlier this week. He’ll work for incoming manager Walt Weiss, who was hired back in November to replace Jim Tracy.
A South Mecklenburg High School graduate, Cole was one of Charlotte’s top players during his tenure. He led the Niners in batting average in 1986 (.336) and 1987 (.301), while his 38 runs, 57 hits and seven home runs in 1987 were team highs–earning him a Metro Conference all-conference selection. The Kansas City Royals drafted him in the 3rd round in 1987; he got the call from the minors to play with the big club in 1991, where he registered one run and one hit in seven plate appearances.
Among his stops as a minor league manager, Cole led Double-A Tulsa from 2006-09 before being named the manager of Triple-A Colorado Springs (one of his stops in the minors), where he remained until being named to Weiss’ staff with the Rockies.