O’DOWD & GEIVETT RESIGN!!!

Well, the day that NOBODY thought would come has finally arrived. After the second worst season in Rockies history the front office has finally been shaken up! Dan O’Dowd has resigned after 15 mostly horrible years as the GM of the Rockies. Bill Geivett, assistant GM, has also called it quits.

Sadly, fans have no time to even get excited at the prospect of will take over for the doomed duo, because in classic Rockies fashion it would seem that the closest “nobody” has been picked to go to the head of the class.

Jeff Bridich, who was the senior director of player development, was promoted as GM.

Bridich has been with the team since 2004. He played four seasons as a catcher and outfielder for Harvard back in the late 90’s.

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lwesche
lwesche
6 years ago

A second Wow! I NEVER thought we would see this. I figured they might be gone from sight only to be hidden in the office somewhere. Bridich is young, don’t know a thing about him. So now the question is, will the brothers let him do anything??

Trip
Trip
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I’m pretty sure Jaredean is talking to me and Eeyore. Sorry Jaredean, I am not excited about this. I don’t think the Monforts spent much time in a search for DoD’s successor. Walking down the hall to the first office he sees is not an introspection of the organization to ponder where they are lacking and where they can improve. If the Monforts had instead hired a president of Baseball Operations, someone from outside the current front office, think Kelly… Read more »

Trip
Trip
6 years ago
Reply to  Trip

In the meantime the division winning Dodgers think they can do better so they reach outside the organization for a new GM from Tampa Bay. An organization that is quite successful on one of the smallest budgets in MLB.

In a related story Debbie Downer is chastising Eeyore for being too optimistic.

Jaredean, what other sites are you running these days? Seems to me you have rights to xxxWalkOff.com on other teams. Time to switch I am thinking.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

OK, that’s a first step. The second step was hiring Bridich as GM. We will find out soon enough if that is a step forward or backwards.

Oh wow, I didn’t think the Montforts had the balls to make sweeping front office changes.

First order of business is rather soon – decision on Brett Anderson option. More importantly, post the phone number/contact person so the other GMs know who to call and discuss trade possibilities.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Step #1 complete. Keep the housecleaning coming!

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Yeah, we need to give the new guy a chance but it sure seems like we won’t be getting the culture change we need. One thing is for sure, the offseason just got a lot more interesting.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
6 years ago

Not too shocked about O’Dowd. Geivett was a given. Pretty shocked about Bridich. Thad Levine’s name was more than a whisper with some. I’m not sure what happened there.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

I’m happy that both O’Dowd and Geivett “resigned” on the same day. Obviously they were pushed. I don’t know much about the new guy but am disappointed that he’s from the Rockies front office. Not sure if it will make one iota of difference. Rockies need a different culture and it starts at the top. Dick Montfart needs to hire a president and then get out of the way. And a president who knows sports and knows competition. As it… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Likes – the fact that Bridich is only 37 and intimately familiar with our minor league system.

Dislikes – his whole career is Rockies. All he knows is Rockies. Might not be a good thing.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Let’s not pass judgement on Jeff Bridich until we learn more about him. The more I read about Bridich the more accepting I am of him coming from within the organization. A clip from Thomas Harding’s MLB.com article: “Bridich, 37, is being promoted from senior director of player development, a title he has held since September 2011. He joined the Rockies in 2004 as manager of Minor League operations, and in 2006 became senior director of baseball operations — a… Read more »

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

“Since then, Rockies have drafted David Dahl, Eddie Butler, Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland and Forrest Wall”. And their Major League Stats?

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

It sure seems like our guys move along slowly though. Especially the pitchers. There are numerous examples of ML teams bringing guys up to pitch out of the Pen quickly.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
6 years ago

Doesn’t MLB have their version of the “Rooney Rule” where they have to interview minority candidates? If they were going to hire from within, I would have liked to have them at least take a look at Rolando Fernandez.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago

Been on the road all day and basically following via iPhone between meetings. Add to my “likes” above that he went to Harvard. They generally don’t allow stupid people there. Agree with RMH – this looks generally good on paper. But it’s all moot if Monfart maintains his medling ways. This smells like a transition that has been in the works for a while. Hopefully Bridich was able to establish some ground rules with the Monfarts. Hypothetically – if Bridich… Read more »

Doc
Doc
6 years ago

I’m sure willing to give the guy a chance, but it’s sure hard not to look at this as bringing in a young lackey that will do Dickie’s bidding. Every time I see Monfort, I have to do a double-take because he reminds me of Jerry Jones. Until Dick turns the baseball operations over to a qualified president, I remain very skeptical of much change.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

Young kid with something to prove, can he be the guy that might be trusted with pulling the big trades of Tulo and/or Cargo for developmental players?

IggyRox
IggyRox
6 years ago

Was shocked when I got the news this morning. Wasn’t overjoyed, because contrary to some other (much respected) opinions, I haven’t really totally blamed O’Dowd for this mess. However, perhaps the grind of it all did lead to him checking out mentally a while ago. Geivett is a good baseball man, but I didn’t like him in this position for this team. So I’m ok with him being gone. While I have repeatedly said that Dick Montfort has built the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

New guy gave maybe the most boring interview ever on the radio this afternoon. He was so unwilling to say anything remotely controversial that he made O’Dowd and Geivett sound dynamic. But I’ll give him a chance … for a while. One thing he kept doing is talking about how he’d “work with Walt.” So don’t expect Weiss to go anywhere. Of course, the radio guys did a crappy interview. What I’d like to know: does Birdich consider himself a… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – I actually saw a photo with Weiss on the podium with Bridich (as opposed to say….Weiss boarding a plane at DIA). So you’re right – that doesn’t scream firing a Manager is first on Bridich’s list.

Julie G
Julie G
6 years ago

We didn’t have any real hope for next year the way things were. In having a guy who knows all the personnel that has to be a plus. A graduate of Harvard indicates some smarts. I really don’t care if he doesn’t sound like the slickest guy around. Talk is just that actions will determine if progress is made. All I care is that he actually tries to get this team out of doldrums. We do need to finally replace… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Heard Birdich (gotta get that spelling right!) again this morning, this time with Vic Lombardi (who actually asks some decent questions). This is “read between the lines” time, and here’s what I gathered: Q. Can you win with 3 players (Tulo/Cargo/DLR) making about half of total payroll? A. Yes, provided you evaluate/value other players properly, both within and outside your sytem. READING BETWEEN THE LINES: Tulo/Cargo/DLR stay, for now. Other veteran players who haven’t produced probably go. Don’t look for… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, I kept checking the articles that the media have written for spelling. It is Bridich, not Birdich. 🙂

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

http://m.rockies.mlb.com/news/article/98002240/tracy-ringolsby-dan-odowd-resigns-opening-door-for-rockies-gm Something interesting things that spilled out of this article: 1) O’Dowd was offered a multi year extension last week, that he turned down and walked away a.k.a. Jim Tracy. 2) I blame Bill Geivett for the Rox collapse other than Kelli’s passing. Clipped from Cowboy’s article: “Late in the 2010 season, however, the subtle signs of a changing structure in the hierarchy were visible. With the Rockies battling for the division title, Bill Geivett, an assistant to O’Dowd at… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Bridich fits the profile (almost perfectly) of the “new” GM. In fact, if we had gone outside the organization, I would have suggested 3-4 guys just like Bridich. His age and education suggest he should be receptive to sabermetrics.

Let’s see how much leeway he’s given.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

OK, RMH, now I messed up. BIRDich. Got it. My hopes for the birdman: 1. I don’t care who it was, bringing in a new GM means he can focus on an appropriate timeline for successs. Bird (like how I immediately nickname him?) has the implicit authority to punt 2015 if he thinks that’s best. Maybe even 2016. O’Dowd was in a constant struggle to paste together something he thought could be competitive each and every “next season”. That led… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Bridich/Birdich. I don’t care as long as we B-rid of all this losing around here. Heck, it’s so bad it’s rubbed of on the Avs. Even they can’t score on the road.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
6 years ago

Dick Monfort seems to not get it. Crazy loyal to an extreme fault and tone deaf to season ticket holders, he offered O’Dowd more years. O’Dowd, apparently out of ideas as how to deflect blame yet again (altitude! injuries!) decided to take his many millions of dollars already “earned” and see if he can bamboozle somewhere else. I can’t image the outcry if O’Dowd had taken the contract. He probably couldn’t either, so he turned it down. I’m encouraged that… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Thanks for the link Jaredean. In my opinion, that’s a great interview. In GM speak – he left the subject of trading Tulo and Cargo about as “open” as any GM can. I also like how he sort of smirked when asked if he would have an office in the clubhouse before flatly saying he’s moving “upstairs.” I think it will take this off-season and next off-season before we can truly begin to make any sort of judgement on this… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

During the DOD era the ROX had the fourth worst record in baseball.The teams that were worse–Baltimore,Pittsburgh,and KC.Notice anything else those three have in common? So it was time for the change as those teams have been in or close to the post season the past couple of years,and maybe will be for some years to come,yet we were not close.The team barely ahead of the ROX in the futility sweepstakes-the Astros who made great strides in the latter part… Read more »

Doc
Doc
6 years ago
Reply to  Gary

IMHO, it can’t get any worse, Gary, even if they loose 110 games or more.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Here I go again…heading to Vegas in a couple of weeks. Gonna try and find an early off-season over/under. Gonna take the over if the line is 73…gonna take the under if the line is 82(it won’t be). I’m going on record that our “new” Rox finish 81-81. How would that play for all of us? I’m done with my 5-4 every nine games theory. I am now going to back off a potential 90-win season and look at the… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
6 years ago
Reply to  EdtheUmp

Ed, it seemed to me that the third time through the lineup wasn’t about the third time through, so much as it was a pitch count limit to help with injury…it just happened that it coincided with the third time through because most of our guys couldn’t have a 1,2,3 inning if they were playing Nintendo Baseball in the clubhouse. I actually didn’t like the pitch limit / third inning experiment for the very reason that the pitchers didn’t get… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I’ve always said the Rox need to be built around a juggernaut offense, above average defense, and a great Pen. I think our formula for a great Pen will differ from other teams. Instead of having a single “long” reliever like most teams – we need two rubber armed long guys at the major league level – and a couple of more candidates parked down in Albuquurque (see what I did there – I just like the Albuquerque thing so… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Now you’re scaring me, carp. Counting on Frankie Morales for anything is not a strategy I’d hope they pursue. But you do make a good point as usual: there’s no money for bullpen arms. I would like to see at least one decent innings eater starter signed, and McCarthy would fit the bill perfectly. I’m not that sold on the idea that it needs to be a groundballer. I mean, an extreme flyball pitcher would seem to be a bad… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Jason Hammel. I mean, not anyone’s first choice. But look at the list of free agent starters (asterisk means they have a 2015 option – from Cot’s baseball contracts) and tell me who is (1) in our price range; (2) a reasonably good bet to give us at least 170 innings; (3) didn’t finish the season with a significant injury: Brett Anderson * Josh Beckett Chad Billingsley * Joe Blanton * A.J. Burnett * Chris Capuano Bruce Chen * Wei-Yin… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Honestly – Jason Hammel is a good target. Here’s my thing with Frankie – we’ve yanked him around all over the place (SP, RP, piggyback pitcher) – he’s been told more than once that his spot in the rotation is gone once “so-and-so” comes back – and never does or someone else goes down – and the guy as never publicly complained. Now I’m not suggesting we keep him because of that – but he does seem unflappable (which wasn’t… Read more »

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Hammel’s lousy finish with the Halo’s might make him more affordable and the guys who canned him are gone.Abit of an enigma in his previous stay here.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago
Reply to  Gary

I have no problem trying to get him. I think he would fit into a #2 or #3 slot for us behind DLR.
The problem is that he may not want to come back.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Altho kerosene is just that, I would join sdc in the role he suggests. I would go one step further by telling him that he will NEVER start again…he will have a place in the bullpen…in long relief, and stressing he gets ONLY one time thru the order(and god knows we need 2 of these long guys with this staff). It is amazing to me that we here at RWO have not been asked to join a committee to advise(and… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Boy – looking at that list – Scherzer is going to get paid!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Wouldn’t Christian Friedrich/Yohan Flande fit long relief as well? If we have little money to spend on pitchers, how about Raf Betty? Christian Bergmann as filler SP until the Bird (Ag, I like this nickname) makes his first pitching move?

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Kerosene surprised us by staying healthy pretty much all year and not getting rattled like he used to. But … he pretty much sucked in every role he was in. As a starter: .852 OPS against, 18 HRs allowed in 118 innings (!), 5.46 ERA As a reliever: .899 OPS against, 6 HRs allowed in 24 innings, 4.94 ERA So maybe he’s a situational lefty? .699 OPS against. So maybe that … … but Friedrich would be cheaper, has better… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Friedrich: tiny sample size (32 plate appearances) vs. lefties, but he was dominant: opposing lefties hit .138 against him, 11 Ks vs. 1 BB, no HRs, .400 OPS against. You gotta give him the chance to be the lefty specialist out of the pen if only because he’s still a minimum salary guy and we’re not in a position to use limited money on a LOOGY type.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Friedrich is an excellent candidate for the LOOGY role – I agree 100%. Also, someone above mentioned Raffy. Who knows with that dude – but even if he comes back famously, we’re talking a 1 inning guy max. This discussion started with the need for long, cheap relievers. Hence Kerosene and Nicasio. IMO, EtU is correct – “if” Kerosene has a role, it’s one time through the lineup only. And……in the long role, one time through the lineup only, you… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
6 years ago

My suspicion is that the day of bringing up pitchers from AA is over. Now that the AA club is located at sea level in Connecticut, I believe that pitchers will be sent to AAA in Albuquerque before they are brought up to the major league level.

Other than the possibility of the AA club in Connecticut being the only open AA spot at the time, I cannot see any sense in the Rockies moving the AA club there.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Bob K., out of curiosity I looked to see what the Dodgers did with pitcher development when AAA Albuquerque — another mile high city — was their affiliate. Guess what? They pretty much had their top pitching talent skip AAA altogether too. Kershaw, Eovaldi, Rubby De La Rosa — all skipped AAA. Chad Billingsley made 13 AAA starts way back in 2006. Now, the Dodgers haven’t developed that much starting pitching talent in the last decade (although just one Kershaw… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

From the Dodgers standpoint – playing at sea level – this definitely makes sense. I bet the Brewers pitchers will skip Colorado Springs as well. We need to get guys ready for 5280 – but CS at 6200+ is definitely too extreme. SLC could have been the logical step, but the Halos have SLC sewn up. At least Albuquerque is equal – and by most accounts – a first class facility. Regardless of the elevation argument – I would like… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Good news for Ed the ump… Some Denver Post article today talking about Bridich taking a look at the catcher position. He is keenly aware that Rosario is best fit for DH and part time catcher. He would like to pursue Russell Martin, but knows he’s the only free agent catcher on the market. So we will probably trade for a catcher somehow and somewhere.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Once again, I don’t understand the focus on catcher. Yes, Rosario is a problem, and you’d like a better catcher. But the Rockies ranked 16th in WAR from their catchers in 2014, right in the middle of the pack. Yes, I will grant you that WAR probably doesn’t capture all catcher value (or, in Wilin’s case, added negative value). But if: (1) you have limited money to spend on players; (2) the most improvement for the cheapest price can come… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago

My top needs for the Rockies:

A manager who can pick and chose the right bullpen matchups despite “roles”.

A few bullpen arms that don’t fear Coors field (ie Raphael Betancourt).

A shortstop that plays at least 145 games, even at a lower level than Tulo.

Outfielder that put ball in play more than Cargo.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

“But the Rockies ranked 16th in WAR from their catchers in 2014, right in the middle of the pack.” I haven’t looked at the numbers to get the exact results, but Rosario missed a lot of games and several other games that he played despite bad wrist that he cannot swing. So it looks like it was McKenry and company that contributed to more of WAR ranking than Rosario did. Plus use Rosario to get 3rd/4th/5th pitchers that you want/need.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

RMH said, “So it looks like it was McKenry and company that contributed to more of WAR ranking than Rosario did.” Correct. McKenry had a fantastic season at the plate in a limited role — 1.7 WAR in about 200 plate appearances. Rosario contributed just 0.7 in about double the playing time. And then you have to factor in the negative “value” provided by Pacheco before he was dumped. Of course, McKenry will never put up a .381 batting average… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
Admin
rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Hey Dick & Charlie – pick up the phone now before Joe Madden gets hired by the Cubs. I propose that you make Joe Madden the new President to replace KSM.

sdcarp
Admin
sdcarp
5 years ago

Maddon IS the type guy you hire even if you don’t have an “open” position. You can make a position for a guy like that.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
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