Gonzales is out, Gonzalez is in.
The Colorado Rockies, the parent club of the Boise Hawks, announced coaching changes Thursday. Most notably for their short-season A squad is new manager Andy Gonzalez, who replaces Frank Gonzales after one season in Boise.
Gonzalez was the Hawks’ hitting coach in 2015 as they tied for the Northwest League lead in batting average at .261. It will be his first managerial position.
Gonzalez played for 13 professional seasons, three in Major League Baseball with the White Sox, Indians and Marlins in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Gonzales leaves Boise to take over as manager of rookie league Grand Junction in his home state of Colorado. Longtime major-league pitcher Doug Jones will remain the Hawks’ pitching coach after debuting last season.
A hitting coach to replace Gonzalez will be named later. The Hawks open the season June 17 at Eugene, with their home opener June 20.