O’Dowd out; Bridich new Rockies GM – ESPN
DENVER — Dan O’Dowd resigned Wednesday as the Colorado Rockies‘ general manager after a mostly unsuccessful tenure.
His time at Coors Field reads like this: 15 years, four winning seasons, two postseason appearances.
O’Dowd wasn’t the only team executive to resign Wednesday. Senior vice president Bill Geivett followed him out the front office door after Colorado’s fourth consecutive losing season.
The Rockies are starting fresh from within, appointing Jeff Bridich to run the show. Bridich has served as the team’s senior director of player development since 2011.
“I know Jeff is anxious to begin working on the goal of putting a championship team on the field that the Rockies staff, our fans and our region deserve,” owner Dick Monfort said in a statement.
The highlight of O’Dowd’s tenure came in 2007, when the Rockies rode the wave of winning 21 of 22 games all the way to the World Series, where they were swept by the Boston Red Sox.
But O’Dowd’s power began to dwindle in recent years with the rise of Geivett, who was promoted to senior vice president of baseball operations in August 2012.
Geivett was given an office in the clubhouse, which at times made things a little uncomfortable for players and coaches. Geivett began focusing on roster management, particularly as it related to the pitchers, and evaluating the coaching staff and the rest of the players.
That played a role in manager Jim Tracy’s resignation after the 2012 season, with a roughly $1.4 million deal still on the table. That opened the door for Walt Weiss to manage the team he once helped on the field.
Through all the losses, Monfort remained fiercely loyal to O’Dowd and his staff. He thanked them on their way out.
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