Rotation, Humidor and Disappointment

In a frank discussion covering topics from Chacine to the Humidor in Colorado Springs, Dan O’Dowd sat down with Troy Renck of the Denver Post to share his ideas about the condition of the team and the direction he feels it is going.  You can read the whole story HERE.  Some of the highlights covered were:

O’Dowd’s disappointment in Chacin’s off-season workout:

I would say he could have worked a little harder this winter. I am not really happy about that…I don’t think it will be an issue by the time we get to camp. But it has to get to a point where he has maturity and discipline and realizes that this is his career.

His Feeling on a humidor in Colorado Springs:

We are getting close to doing that…we are moving forward; we just have to pull everything together. It’s not a financial issue. It’s the logistics of how it’s going to be managed.

Guthrie starting opening day:

His mind-set, desire and competitive fire are to be the top guy…the change of scenery and change of leagues should help, and we want him to pitch to contact more. When he attacks the strike zone, he’s very, very good.

On limiting Nicasio:

There are no issues mentally…It’s not even something we are discussing anymore. He will enter camp and have a leg up based on what he did last year. The only thing he can’t do is distance running, but he can still jog and do more work on the treadmill.

Resting players to keep them healthy:

We have discussed the issue at length on how important rest and recovery will be…there will be a lot of at-bats for a lot of players. We can’t be afraid to play anyone.

Again, it is an excellent overview that covers the above topics more indepth, as well as other thoughts.  I encourage you to read it in full.

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Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

Sorry to immediately go off topic, but the Rockies website just declared that “2012 is officially Colorado Rockies YEAR OF THE FAN!”

If that means it’s going to be anything like Fan Appreciation Week last September then it’s going to be a long season. Sorry for the sarcasm, but that announcement nearly made me sick.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

In a way I feel bad for Dan O’Dowd. Most of the players he committed to and believed in following 2007 WS let him down. What a slow dismantling of a franchise with so little to show for it. Can you guys imagine what it would be like if the Rockies were actually able to trade even 2 of the following players at their peak values rather than their bottomed out values? Atkins Hawpe Stewart Smith Cook Francis Street Iannetta… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

So now it’s all about “playing with joy” and “enjoying the game.”. I thought the old adage was that you fire the manager to change the atmosphere because you can’t fire 25 players. So I would’ve tried that before firing 8 players. Mr. Joy and Happiness remains at the helm. An Ozzie Guillen or a Bobby Valentine would have been an easier mood changer. The bullpen is thin now; there’s no one to count on after Betancourt, Belisle, Brothers, and… Read more »

Rich M
Rich M
8 years ago

Suggested the flip between Scutaro and Fowler at the top of the lineup a couple of weeks ago when Marco was acquired, so it seems that DanO now seems to be monitoring the RWO just like the old ITR. Seriously Dex has always maintained that he was much more comfortable batting second, and I think his base running skills will play better there as well. While we are at it, Dex might as well learn the art of bunting in… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

All valid points, Rich M.

It just bothers me when someone in a leadership position says “we have to hold everyone accountable” and then refuses to hold himself accountable for obvious mistakes. Accountability starts at the top.

I may be laying it on a bit thick with the Barmes thing (I agreed that he wasn’t starter quality), but to be fair he did outplay anyone we stuck at 2B … and by a wide margin.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Barmes was a casualty caused by Stewart and Iannetta’s failure to hit anywhere other than 7 and 8 respectively. If you have 3Bs and Cs that actually could get their averages above laughable then you can have the luxury of a defensive minded 2B with the bonus of occasional pop. After the 2009 playoffs Barmes looked like the weakest link, but IMO the team would have been decidely better in 2010 if we kept Barmes and shipped Ian Stewart out… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Make that 2011.

Jason in Alliance
Jason in Alliance
8 years ago

Has Dan O’Dowd thought about moving Nicasio to Closer? He only has two good pitches and with his heat he would make an excellent weapon for pitching the ninth inning…

Timo
Timo
8 years ago

I think Nicasio’s ability to pitch well and deep in games at Coors probably cements him as a starter for now.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
8 years ago

Chacin is refuting O’Dowd’s claim:

http://www.purplerow.com/2012/2/12/2793641/rockies-jhoulys-chacin-refutes-dan-odowd-i-have-done-my-job

I like it! I like it alot!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Thanks sdcarp. That is a good article.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

I think the subtext is that clubs are increasingly unhappy with Latin pitchers going home to pitch winter ball. They’d rather have them work on strength/conditioning on the club’s watch rather than racking up extra mileage pitching in their home countries. So I’ll say “no big deal” to all of this. Let’s hope Chacin just views it as extra motivation.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

I find myself wondering why the Rockies passed on Kouzmanoff at 3rd base? He seemed to have made an impact during his short time for the Rockies. I wonder if he wasn’t what they were looking for in the clubhouse. I like Blake, but just found myself wondering that.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Hmm. I thought he looked average to awful in his short time here.

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I agree Prog, Kouz did not impress me at all. He failed at the plate in key situations one too many times for me.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Yes, thanks sdcarp for posting the link. It is a good article. I was a little confused by some of the comments though. Maybe I read the article incorrectly but it sounded to me like Chacin IS in Arizona.

“”I came to Arizona this past Monday. I have not stopped training during the winter, both in my country and here. I have always done the best job I could all throughout these past few months,” Chacin said”

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

was good to see some maturity and responsibility comments from Chacin. He seems to get the business like aspect of improving his skills and progress. He has the talent, this year would be the perfect time to step forward.
Go Rox

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

There’s a link on mlbtraderumors.com to a list of the top 101 prospects. There are 5 Rockies on the list: Arenado, Pomeranz, Rosario, Bettis, and Wheeler.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
8 years ago

What I meant by “I like it alot” is that (as I see it) – DOD fired a shot across Chacin’s bow, putting him on notice. Hopefully Chacin is correct, meaning he did keep up with his fitness, throwing, etc, this offseason. Regardless……now he (if somehow he didn’t before), and everyone else on the team, knows that he’s being watched. Purely 100% conjecture on my part……but every video shot I’ve seen into the dugout the last couple of years showed… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I liked it for the opposite reason. I’m all for accountability, but I don’t think the Rockies are going to win if DOD and the team leaders follow each other around with diapers in their hands treating each other like children. If so, then so much for clubhouse camaraderie. It sounded to me that DOD got some bad info on Chacin, and Chacin responded with confidence and maturity. He could be our Ace this season if he takes the bull… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

sdcarp, I see your point about the Chacin/Ubaldo/Rogers clique. But let me add this: I didn’t think Ubaldo fit in with that scene. He seemed to be more of a loner, and he certainly kept in shape with his 5 mile runs after starts. To me the guy who seemed most tuned out was Frankie Morales. I hung out at spring training for a few days last year, and in every game I’d see the guys in the bullpen (just… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

OUCH you’re killing me. Seriously though, Mr. O’Dowd can use what ever excuse he wants but I think I will go with Chacin didn’t do what he wanted so he is upset. Same with Ubaldo and his trip to Europe.

Doc
Doc
8 years ago

Whether the information was wrong, right, or just plain made up, I hope Chacin uses it as fuel to prove he’s a hard-working, focused player dedicated to being the best he can be. Maybe DOD has finally learned to test players early and if they fail that test, goodbye. IMHO part of DOD’s problem has been excessive patience.

sabrchip
sabrchip
8 years ago

Doc

I think your touching the rite stuff…DOD seems to be issueing a challenge to Chacin who, apparently, see’s it as such.

Everyone in camp should also recognize that the off season house cleaning is a challenge to step up.

If you’re a player that wants to play in Coors Field 81 games this year, then focus on contributing to the team.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

Here is my prediction for the rotation on opening day:

Guthrie
Chacin
Pomeranz
Moyer– He is going to be a BIG story this year
White– White is going to establish himself and have a better year than Chacin.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I could live with this and see how they do but I also agree with JT’s approach. Clean slate this ST. Everyone has to go out and demonstrate they have the stuff. I know I’m hoping Chatwood turns out to be a great deal. There are others that may do well also.

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