Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Colorado Rockies believe in themselves, but no one else does

Time for Dan O'Dowd to be thrown off of the ship.
Fire up the bus, the Colorado Rockies excuse tour is about to begin again.

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post continues his beatdown of the Rockies front office in several pieces over the past few weeks. However, he highlighted exactly where the frustration arises from Rockies fans in his piece on Sunday morning.

Saunders quotes Walt Weiss saying that he would be completely happy with the exact same team on Opening Day 2015 as he had this season.


What Weiss is saying isn't that crazy. This team has very good talent. They shouldn't be anywhere near the failure level that they currently are at. The pitching staff should have been better and the lineup should be more consistent. However, the words of Walt Weiss hit a nerve with every frustrated Rockies fan out there.

Weiss saying that the Rockies don't need to make any changes underscores the complete lack of understanding that this entire front office seems to have about this team. Is there talent? Absolutely. Is this team good enough to compete for a playoff spot if everything aligns properly? Possibly.

However, there is a significant problem with that statement. That comment suggests, once again, that there was nothing wrong with the makeup of this team. It says that everything was good enough with the Rockies, but, just like in the past few seasons, they were simply snake-bit by injuries. It suggests that it was just bad luck once again, and maybe next year, if everyone stays healthy, if everything goes like they planned, the Rockies might, they just might, win more games than they lose.

One year of blaming injuries is fine. However, the Rockies should have waited for this season before pulling that excuse out of their arsenal. The craziness of a manager saying that, and even coming close to believing that, with a team that is almost certainly going to lose over 100 games is downright unacceptable.

What it says is that the fans aren't smart enough to realize that this franchise is built with no backup plan. There is no other option if a guy goes down. In fact, even the front line is suspect from the beginning, yet that is supposed to be ignored.

Keep in mind, this was a team that had both Franklin Morales and Juan Nicasio in the Opening Day starting rotation. Is that good enough to go into 2015 with? Apparently Walt Weiss thinks so. Remember, it was the injuries that caused the 2014 campaign to go south.

Of course Weiss is in the midst of a miserable season, but he has to play politics. He can't say anything bad about any member of his team because they still have baseball left to be played, whether it means anything or not. He can't talk about guys who he hopes the front office finds new homes for in November and December, but he also doesn't have to patronize fans by insulting their intelligence and pretending that this roster doesn't need an extreme makeover.

What Weiss' statement, along with what Bill Geivett was quoted about earlier this week suggest is something simple. The Rockies know that their fans are mad, so instead of talking about changing the culture of the clubhouse, and how the losing is a pure embarrassment, they are firing up the old excuse-making machine. It is time to persuade Rockies fans into feeling like April wasn't the fluke, but the rest of the season was. It is time for them to start begging fans to remember all of the no-name pitchers who started games because the poor-old-Rockies had a ton of fluke injuries.

If the Rockies decided to only make minor changes in the offseason, they are going to be in for a huge surprise. This fan base, the one that has so passionately called the Rockies their team since 1993, the fan base who chooses to forgive over-and-over because, well, Colorado has a Major League Baseball team, are sick of the excuses. The honeymoon is over. There is no more grace period. There is no more pointing back to the glory times of 2007 and 2009 when the Rockies made magical runs to the playoffs. Fans aren't going to trust the Rockies again.

This roster needs some major work. This team needs to be overhauled, and to suggest that the Rockies could go into Opening Day 2015 with nearly the entire roster remaining untouched and that being alright with the manager is simply ridiculous. This is a team that needs to be gutted. This is a team that should have been wheeling and dealing at the trade deadline doing anything that they could have done to bring in new prospects.

The Rockies ownership may believe that a few small changes to the structure of the front office will appease the fans and make them feel good about things. However, this fan base simply is not going to be satisfied until the name Dan O'Dowd and the word "fired" are in the same sentence. There is no more moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic. The ship has taken on too much water. It is time to abandon it and find a new means of travel. There is no more denying that amount of water that this front office has allowed this ship to take on. It is time to throw the captain overboard and look for someone new.

If the Rockies front office chooses to revive the excuse tour in earnest, they may be really surprised at the amount of disdain that will be thrust in their direction.

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20 comments:

  1. D.Martin - "This roster needs some major work. ... This is a team that should have been wheeling and dealing at the trade deadline doing anything that they could have done to bring in new prospects."

    Re - Yep. The Rox's scouting department usually does a very good job finding talent, but to no avail. The failure of leadership isn't just the FO - O'dowd, Geivett and Monfort for no holding them accountable - but the lack of coaching and development before reaching Denver and once they get here. As you say, this is a "culture" problem as inept managers and leaders do nothing and fail upwards until coagulating as a regime of the lowest rung.

    How does Dickerson manage to work his way through the farm to Denver while still looking like he's chasing butterflies in the outfield instead of flyballs? How does Rutledge still not know how to field a grounder, avoid tripping over his feet or throw 100ft on target? How does Rosario not know how to catch, at all, even after years of "working on it"? How can the Rox's make nightly baserunning blunders that make little leaguers cringe?

    The talent is available, in the farm and Denver, but it seems every player that goes through the Rox's "development" regresses to sub-juvenile ability rather than become professional ballplayers. Likewise, every manager/leader fails upward through the ranks devolving into useless figureheads (coaches), PR machines in search of "confidence" or slimeball yesmen (Geveitt) just happy to be there instead of working concessions.

    Can Monfort change this, or is he this?

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    1. The whole Colorado Rockies organization from owner, to General Manager, to Scouts, to Manager, to coaches, are a disgrace to baseball. Don't blame the players, most of them belong in Class A ball. TOTALLY DISGUSTING. WORST RECORD IN BASEBALL. ANOTHER FINISH IN LAST PLACE. STOP GOING TO GAMES, BOYCOTT. Even the TV announcers are terrible. All they talk about id their playing days. WHO CARES. I watch on computer and listen to the other teams commentators, because they have more to say about Rokies players than ROOT sports guys we have do. They are a joke.

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  2. I believe that many fans will cease following the Rockies if Monfort doesn't fire the entire FO and get a real GM to rebuild this team. Let the new GM decide if Weiss is the manager or not for 2015 and beyond.

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  3. The Cubs must be licking their chops on facing the Rockies this week and their chance to win a series.

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  4. The fans MUST stop buying season tickets...PERIOD! They can always go to individual games as the tickets are always easy to obtain. The key is, if you did not pay a boat load of money for season tickets, when the Rockies become losers, as their culture is now engrained, you won't feel like you have to go to the game. The fans have to stop showing up. That's the only way changes will ever be made.
    ScottyB
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  5. Weiss: If you want the same lineup, put in the same lineup. The lineup is completely different every day. As for Tulo and Cargo, you will never be able to rely on them. Tulo has played only 69% of his career, and Cargo 73%.

    Do the best with what you have. You know you have weak links. Lump them together in the lineup, so that you have one rally-killer inning every three innings, not a rally killer in every inning. When you start with one of your precious few aces, relieve that ace solely with the few relief aces you have. Don't follow up an ace with one of your horrible relievers (you know who they are).

    Arenado needs to shade more to shortstop until we can find a suitable replacement for Tulo. Otherwise, we are not too bad defensively.

    The offense is demoralized on a consistent basis. It seems like every time they get up to bat, they are another three runs behind.

    I think Weiss thinks and manages the way he speaks, with long pauses between every thought.

    Our biggest blunder over the last five years: letting go of Clint Hurdle. We let him go because "he was tough on the players." I wish we had his toughness since 2007. Even if we weren't in the playoffs every year, he seemed to know how to get the most out of the team.

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    1. Exactly!! Tulo and gargo are injured every season!! Get rid of Weiss and the front office!

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  6. Stop showing up for games, and please dont patronize the Rooftop. Monfort and O'Dowd think the ship is fine because they have your dollars stuffed in their ears.

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  7. I personally will not set foot in Coors Field until there are major changes to this team. I refuse to continue to line the pockets of the Monforts. Heck I always referred to the Rockies as the Chicago Cubs of the west. After the pathetic performance this weekend I am insulting the Cubs.

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    1. You can go to games without supporting ownership and the FO.

      Buy scalped tickets for below face value, even cheaper by the second inning. They're abundant, legally sold across the street from Coors and were purchased long ago as season tickets. Take you're own snacks and water bottle instead of buying concessions. If you must, buy a small soda and top it from the flask on your inner thigh.

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  8. Boycotting the Rockies will do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to change the Rockies. Too many people are just happy to go the ballpark and enjoy the experience. The idea of boycotting the teams sponsors sure seemed to hit a soft spot for the ROX front office. Unfortunately, the problem lies within the fan base itself. Not enough true baseball fans. You know, the fans that start wearing bags over their heads or stop going to games all together!!! If we had as many TRUE BASEBALL FANS going to the games as we should, you wouldn't hear MORE CHEERING for the road team than the home team. I have been to many games and watched at least part of every game that is televised and I have heard the cheering louder for the visitors than our guys on MANY occassions. Show me ANY other city where they sell 30-40 thousand tickets a game for a team in the cellar. THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT BASEBALL FANS, THEY ARE WINE SIPPING AND CHEESE EATING PEOPLE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO THROW THEIR MONEY AWAY ON!!!!!

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    1. Good Point! Too many "fans" who attend Rockies games are from some other city and they prove not to be true home team baseball fans. When I attended Rockies-Cardinals game in July, there were more Cardinals fans in attendance. That made me very disappointed! I am not opposed to Colorado losing the team to another city who has bigger money and more class supporting the home team! San Antonio? Austin? Butte, Montana? Indianapolis? I think most other cities would have more appreciative support!

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  9. I used to try to watch every Rockies game. I have quit doing that. This season, I have endured the 4-hour drive from the Western Slope of Colorado three times & spent hard-earned money to watch them play at Coors Field. I'm not doing that anymore either. They suck. The Monforts suck and Dan O'Dowd can kiss my behind. I hate to say it, but this team is gonna suck until O'Dowd is gone & the Meathead Monforts sell the team to somebody that cares about winning. We have good players. Unfortunately, we're gonna have to get rid of some of them to afford some pitching. I'm tired of this crap. At this point, I'd rather drive over to Grand Junction to watch their farm club. Seriously. I've had it.

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  10. See I took Walt Weiss's comments as "There is nothing wrong with our line-up........ITS ALL THE FRONT OFFICE's FAULT!!!" Couldn't agree more, for far to long these yahoo's have been creating a culture of losing. Nobody in the front office is held accountable, who was the last FO member fired? Gebhart?

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  11. There has to be some major changes this offseason with the salary escalating on a number of players....Tulo, Cargo, DeLaRosa and Anderson will cost the team 62 million next year. There are 5-6 others that will be hitting arbitration and with a payroll in the mid 90's this is not feasible.

    By the sounds of listening to the owner, he doesn't want anyone to ever leave...not the GM, not the front office and not even the current set of players (talks of Cuddy returning)..When I listen to this, it almost sounds like a person with some kind of separation disorder or anxiety.

    This is probably why O'Dowd and Company remain in place...it is basically the owners security blanket. If this is the case, don't expect him to leave anytime soon.

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  12. Please!!! Someone bring in a psychiatrist to hand out antidepressants for the players and the manager, then add some Xanax to appease the Monfort boy, and perhaps bring in a front loader to haul away the bonehead front office types. Make my day!!! I can't watch this team and neither should you.

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    1. @ 8:36 and 9:09
      If you truthfully believe analysis or solution can be found through the psuedosciences of psychology/psychiatry, then you need to have your heads examined. Semantic irony?

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  13. I am presuming that only true baseball fans read and follow Mr Martin's blog site, therefore a boycott of the Rockies would never work. The people that turn the turnstiles at Coors Field are not Rockies fans, they go there for the event and to party. The Monforts know that and they know marketing, that's why they built the party deck. The Monforts forget that Coors Field was built via an extra tax that voters elected to take place.

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  14. If you do watch the games on Root, have you noticed the commercial for the "Rooftop." In the commercial, no one at the "Rooftop" is watching baseball; you do not see one pitch; and there is tennis on the TV!

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