Monday, November 25, 2013

Dan O'Dowd blames anyone but himself for the failures of the Colorado Rockies

Dan O'Dowd doesn't get it. Plain and simple.
Let the annual offseason excuse-tour begin.

In case you missed it, Dave Kreiger, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, and currently co-hosting The Dave Logan Show on 850 KOA, had a sit down with Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd to discuss the happenings at 20th & Blake.

To summarize, O'Dowd pointed to his efforts to sign free agents, including Brian McCann, who signed a massive deal with the Yankees, and Carlos Ruiz, who re-signed with the Phillies for three years.

O'Dowd believes that Drew Pomeranz and Alex White didn't work out because they were rushed to the big leagues, so he won't do that with the clubs two top prospects, Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler. Both of those players will start the year in Double-A.

Perhaps the greatest revelation was the intense desire to move Dexter Fowler. As has been the case in the past, when O'Dowd is done with a player, he doesn't talk about their baseball skills needing improvement, or what they could do to be a better player, he rips on their character. Sharp words are thrown in Fowler's direction in Kreiger's piece.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Charlie Monfort's DUI arrest shows how deep the issue goes for the Colorado Rockies owner

Charlie Monfort's issues are no longer a secret. 
It has been one of the worst kept secrets in Denver sports. Colorado Rockies owner Charlie Monfort fell off the wagon.

For years, the Rockies owners were referred to as the Monfort's. Plural. At about the beginning of the 2011 season, suddenly Charlie was out of the picture. Media interviews were going through Dick. The older brother had taken the reins as the acting president, and Charlie's role seemed to be non-existent.

The Rockies, for obvious reasons, did their best to keep the issue out of the spotlight. Charlie, who was never a stranger to alcohol, was letting the vice crawl back into his life after seemingly kicking the habit for several years. After his 1999 arrest while driving well over twice the legal limit, he found religion. Bob Nightengale's 2006 USA Today piece on the Rockies religion stemming from the top down paints Charlie as author of the club's focus on Christian players and principles.