He's Back: Hill Returns for 7th Season as Manager of Rockies Triple-A Affiliate

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From the offices of the Albuquerque Isotopes

Glenallen Hill is returning for his seventh consecutive season as the manager of the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, the fifth year in Albuquerque, after managing the Rockies affiliate during its final two years in Colorado Springs, the Isotopes have announced. Also returning for another season with the Isotopes is pitching coach Brandon Emanuel, hitting coach Tim Doherty, trainer Heath Townsend, and player performance coach Marcus Lefton

Hill ranks second on the all-time list in games managed (568) and wins (264) to Dean Treanor, who managed 715 games in Albuquerque, when the franchise was affiliated with the Dodgers, and was at the helm for 362 victories.

Before assuming the Rockies Triple-A managerial role, Hill spent six years as the Rockies first base coach. Hill is headed into his 16th season with the Rockies franchise. He began his coaching career in 2004 as the hitting coach for the Rockies High-A affiliate, the Visalia Oaks. The Santa Cruz, Calif. native also served as interim manager for the Modesto Nuts during the last three months of the 2006 season. Hill was on the coaching staff for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game in 2006 and on the National League All-Star coaching staff, led by Clint Hurdle, at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Hill enjoyed a 13-year Major League career with the Blue Jays (1989-91), Indians (1991-93), Cubs (1993-94, 1998-99), Giants (1995-97), Mariners (1998), Yankees (2000) and Angels (2001). Hill compiled a .271 lifetime average with 186 homers and 586 RBI in 1,162 games and was considered one of the game's top pinch-hitters, compiling a .287 lifetime average in pinch-hit situations. During the 2000 campaign, Hill hit .333 with 16 home runs in 40 games to help the Yankees win the World Series.

A 1983 graduate of Santa Cruz High School, he joined Reggie Jackson as the only athletes offered scholarships to Arizona State University in both baseball and football. 

Emanuel enters his fifth year in the Rockies organization, having spent the 2015-17 campaigns as the pitching coach for High-A Lancaster/Modesto. Before joining the Rockies, Emanuel served seven seasons as a pitching coach in the Los Angeles Angels organization (2007-13).

The 42-year-old spent nine seasons from 1998-2006 in the Minor Leagues as a pitcher after being selected in the second round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft by the Angels out of Northwestern State University of Louisiana. The Panama City, Fla. native spent his nine-year playing career with the Angels (1998-2004), Padres (2005) and Cubs (2006) organizations, reaching the Triple-A level with each club. Emanuel finished his playing career with a 36-58 record to go along with a 4.93 ERA in 239 Minor League games.

The 2019 season will mark Doherty's fourth in the Rockies organization. Before coming to the Isotopes in 2018, the 52-year-old spent the 2017 season as hitting coach for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats and the 2016 season in the same role with Rookie Level Grand Junction. He was the hitting coach for the Twins Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings from 2013-15. Doherty was named the 2012 assistant hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox, serving under hitting coach Dave Magadan and manager Bobby Valentine. Magadan will begin his first season as Rockies hitting coach in 2019.

Doherty coached nine seasons with the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association from 2003-11, serving as their hitting coach from 2003-09 and the T-Bones manager in his final two seasons.

Outside of professional baseball, Doherty has experience coaching at the collegiate level as well, spending time at Southwest Texas State University (1994-97), the University of Southwestern Louisiana (1993), Seminole Junior College (1990-1992) and Oral Roberts University (1989). While with Seminole JC, he also served as a scout for the Cleveland Indians.

Townsend returns to the Isotopes as the team's Athletic Trainer, marking his 20th season with the Rockies organization. Lefton returns to the club for his fourth campaign as the Physical Performance Coach. 

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