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Bichette’s approach with Rockies: Fine tune, not overwhelm

Published: February 26, 2013, 7:46 am, by Paul Klee

Dante Bichette knows Coors Field as well as anyone.

Now he’s hoping to help the Rockies win there, and elsewhere, more often.

The Rockies hitting coach, who spent seven seasons in their lineup, is in his first spring training as a superior. But he doesn’t view it that way. Instead, Bichette said he’s simply here to lend an ear and smattering of advice when the players seek him out.

“My thing is not to go to them, but let them come to me,” Bichette told me today in the Rockies clubhouse at Salt River Fields. “I’m not changing swings until they come to me.”

So far, the response from players has been overwhelmingly positive. That goes for the young’uns and the veterans. After Todd Helton took batting practice this morning, he left the cage with Bichette on his left and Vinny Castilla on his right.

Not a shabby trio.

“They’ve responded well. It’s early. But it’s been a good fit so far,” Bichette said. “I think it’s going to work out well. These guys pick up little things real quick. You can see them; they are wide-eyed, looking for any bit of knowledge they can get to make them a better player.”

One man’s guess: the addition of Bichette to the field staff turns into a significant development for the Rockies.

I’ll add the rest of today’s coverage roundup from Scottsdale when it posts on Gazette.com.

-Monday notebook: Tulo continues return with three innings of work.

-Twitpics: Today’s view at Salt River Fields.