Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Colorado Rockies need to quit searching for a new manager

Bill Geivett should be the Colorado Rockies next manager.
The Colorado Rockies continue to spin in circles.

Assistant General Manager Bill Geivett and General Manager Dan O'Dowd are in the process of interviewing for their open manager position after Jim Tracy let them know that he couldn't handle the reins that they were putting on him. He passed up $1.4 million instead of being held down by the decisions being made within the Rockies front office.

Anyone who follows this Rockies organization knows one simple truth. There would be no big-names talked about in the search. There is zero chance that the Rockies would look to lure Joe Torre or Tony LaRussa out of retirement. They weren't going to look at hiring Ryne Sandberg, who is being groomed for the job in Philadelphia. Those who have any knowledge of how the Rockies front office works, knows that the odds are, the team would either go with someone from within the organization, or someone who has no managerial experience.


The reason they would make that pick? Simple. Predictability. Tom Runnells is someone this organization has known since 2004 when he managed the Tulsa Drillers. Working up the chain, Runnells went to Colorado Springs before being promoted to bench coach after Clint Hurdle was removed as Rockies manager and Tracy promoted in his place.

The latest news suggests that the Rockies are planning on interviewing Jason Giambi. The slugger who has been with the club since 2009 is ready to trade in the cleats for a stop-watch if a team is willing to give him a shot.

So far, the decision seems to be between Runnells and Giambi, with Runnells being the clear favorite.

However, the decision isn't one that is exciting for anyone. While the idea of Giambi becoming manager seems like a fun story to follow, the reality is, the name on the back of the jersey of the next Rockies manager won't make an ounce of difference.

It simply doesn't matter who the front office hires to take over for Tracy. Their stance is clear. Bill Geivett has already told the media that the next manager will still be under the same constraints that were handed down to Tracy. The front office will dictate pitch-count, rotation decisions, and essentially everything else that a field manager usually dictates.

So the question is simple. If the Rockies are looking for someone to simply take instruction and do as they are told, why not make Geivett the manager? If the front office is going to dictate when the manager has to take out his starting pitcher, they are essentially dictating the way the entire game is managed. It prevents a manager from using the bench the way he would like to because he is forced into awkward pinch-hitting situations early in the game, and forced to extend relievers in order to bridge the gap to the back-end of the bullpen.

The Rockies would like everyone to believe that the field manager will still make in-game decisions, but the reality is, the pitching limitations take the cards out of the managers hand. He is short-handed from the beginning of the game.

If Geivett and O'Dowd truly believe that baseball has to be played 100 percent different in the altitude, then why not put their money where their mouths are? If they want to go down the path of exploring what it is going to take to win at Coors Field, why have someone else be the fall guy while the strings are being pulled behind the curtain?

The answer is simple. O'Dowd and Geivett simply must have a fall-guy for when their plan doesn't work. If the Rockies lose 98 games once again in 2013, the two guys running the show can insist that they hired the wrong guy, or that he wasn't as committed to the system, and blame him, buying themselves more time.

If Geivett were to strap on the purple pinstripes, he and O'Dowd will have lost their buffer. They will no longer be able to point their finger at someone else for their failures. So the simple answer for them is to hire a traditional manager, but not someone who will push back on them. They must hire someone who will say yes to everything they want him to, while shouldering the questions from the media and taking the spotlight off of the front office.

If the Rockies actually believe their plan, if they don't actually believe that it is simply an excuse for ineptitude, they wouldn't be afraid to completely own their ideas. Instead, they must put someone else in place to be the fall guy, buying them one more chance to hit the reset button and avoid being fired.

The Rockies should do their fans a favor and own up to their theories. They can start by putting Bill Geivett in a uniform and calling him the manager, instead of simply having him pull the strings from behind the scenes.

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20 comments:

  1. what a big accident or should i say disaster in the making.at first i didn't understand why tracy quit, i thought he had pulled a jim leyland and had just walked off, but now it makes sense. o'dowd and geavitt the puppeteers and the rockies players the puppets.how sad for the game of baseball our national pastime be ridiculed by 2 assinine individuals, who have never fielded a ball or swung a bat.canceling my season tickets as of now and i'm sure many to follow suit.

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    1. I think he did pull a Leyland. Just like Leyland, he had enough respect for himself and what he believes in to leave this disaster for a management team.

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  2. Ditto to comment 1. It is becoming more apparent all the time that the only way The Monforts will avoid being puppets themselves is if fans quit attending games. Can you imagine how long ago O'Dowd would have been gone in someplace that's serious about winning games, such as NY or Chicago?

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  3. Maybe its time for the fans to go on strike and not go to the games until the front office gets their heads out of that dark place.

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  4. The rockies are a joke, we are on the road to nowhere... to quote Ozzy Osbourne. Fire the upper mgmt and get a clue rockies...

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    1. It's not upper management.. it's the ownership. they dictate to the management.

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  5. All of the so called "Brass" needs to go. They are ruining a perfectly good organization. They have no clue what they are doing and its starting to show. What a joke they are. Don't count on Tulo and Cargo sticking around this circus much longer. And who could blame them?? I wouldn't want to get my ass kicked year in and year out. What a shame...

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  6. The Monforts are running this like they did their meat buisness, we are all cattle being led to the steel rod to the head

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  7. Ron White said it best: "You can't fix stupid."

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  8. Soon the Denver and Colorado fans will tire of watching a AAA/AA team trying to battle real Major league teams. They were valiant this year, but way over their heads. People say Guthrie could not win at Coors Field, heck he could not win in Baltimore! Check his record. The O's straightened out Hamels and hav a good starting pitcher. I was raised on the Reds Organization, and this nonsense ( a small market team) makes me sick.

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  9. Hate to tell you all this, but Denver fans are idiots. They will keep showing up to games and getting drunk...don't believe me, look at other teams that stink it up, they can still find 10K idiots to put in the stands. Denver fans need to do just like the Chiefs and stop putting up with this BS from the Monforts! The Monforts and management are all to blame...

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    1. Rockies Fan, I hate to say this also but I agree with what everyone has to say. Boycot the games.

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  10. The Monfort's have always been the worst owners in Baseball, a complete embarrassment to this team and Colorado. The Monfort's and O'Dowd run this team like Jerry Jones runs the Cowboy's, not knowing squat about the game and cashing in for 20 years on the people of this state, not to mention how they are ruining our core players in the prime of their career. Who the hell would want to play for these owners??? The only way to get their attention is to hit them were it hurts, in their wallet! I'm am not going to a game, buy their merchandise, nothing!! Enough is enough with these owners and front office.

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    1. I agree with all comments! This team needs owners who know how to create winning teams & not have the front office run the game! The manager should be able to run the game as it should be run!!

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  11. Seems to me the only thing the Rockies management is concerned about is making a buck. They do not care the team is a laughing stock and an embarrasment to all who used to be Rockies fans. I did not attend a game all year this past season, and will not attend future game, buy merchandise or even watch them on TV as long as the current management is in place (including the dipstick owners). Can't help but wonder if Root Sports is re-thinking broadcasting Rockies games?

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  12. The problem is not odowd. the problem is a meat packer and a trucker owning this franchise. Management has done a great job finding and developing tallent. the problem is the idiot owners won't get the pitching that is needed. as long as the rockies pull 40k people to every game without demanding a winner, the ownership does not care. Quit going to games!

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  13. I agree the roles of the owner and managers needs to be defined and each one do his job. the manager should have the say as to who is going to be in the starting lineup and when to pull a starting pitcher and all the rest of the on field decissions. the management of the rockies keeps drafting position players and they don't need them they need to draft more pitchers.

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  14. Rockie owners and front office management simply aren't capable baseball people.

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  15. This sounds a lot like the situation in Dallas, with the cowboys. When are the owners going to get it. Players play, coaches coach, and owners write the checks. No big name manager will ever come to Colorado, and help make this team a winner untill management steps aside and let the skipper do his job. If he don't cut the mustered, cut him loose untill you find one who will. We have had really good pepole in that spot, and micromanaged them right out. Untill they get a team in there , I will not go to the game. I love the Rockies, but if I have to watch triple A ball. I will just stay home and watch the sky sox.

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  16. Kansas City is only eight hours away. This whole organization needs to be overhauled. The fan experience and games are boring.

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