Rockies Restructure Front Office

July 18, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Matt Reynolds reacts on the mound after giving up a home run during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field. The Pirates won 6-9. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Five years ago, the Colorado Rockies were in the World Series.

Three years ago, the Colorado Rockies were in the playoffs.

Since then, it's been a steady descent into irrelevance.

In 2010, 83 wins.
In 2011, 73 wins.
In 2012, 63 wins. Maybe. If things go a little better than they've gone, so far.

When you see a progression like this, you can guess that the owner has noticed, and is less than pleased. So perhaps this story, from Troy Renck (via The Denver Post), shouldn't be a surprise:

The Rockies restructured responsibilities in their front office Wednesday, with general manager Dan O'Dowd staying in his position but focusing more on the minor leagues and player development while assistant general manager Bill Geivett will oversee the daily operations of the major league club.

O'Dowd's been running the circus since 1999; the Rockies have been to the postseason twice during his tenure. Whether twice in 14 seasons is good, bad, or somewhere in between, we'll leave for you to judge.

More from Renck:

"With his extensive experience in professional baseball both on the field and in the front office, Bill Geivett is the perfect fit for this new position," said Rockies owner/chairman and CEO Dick Monfort in a statement. "We are constantly looking for ways to improve our organization, and we feel that Bill's influence and leadership on a daily basis is an important addition to our major-league club."

While his authority hasn't changed, O'Dowd's role clearly has. He was in favor of the move, according to people close to the decision.

I wouldn't be shocked to learn that O'Dowd really was in favor of the move. His new job sounds like more fun than his old job, and one does sometime tire of one's responsibilities. I do not, on the other hand, see how O'Dowd's authority hasn't changed. Merely by dint of not being around the major-league team as much, it seems that he'll have less influence. Even if he's technically Geivett's boss.

The Rockies' starting pitchers this season have combined for a 6.38 ERA, which I believe means they're on pace for some really cool records. We might guess that Bill Geivett, at this exact moment, is trying to figure out how to avoid setting some really cool records.


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