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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Rockies’ Dan O’Dowd remains GM; Geivett to work more closely with big-league team

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.

In a move first reported by The Denver Post, O’Dowd remains the general manager but will receive more assistance on the major-league side from Geivett, who will work closely with manager Jim Tracy.

O’Dowd will still oversee the entire baseball operations, and remain involved in player acquisitions. Geivett will still answer to O’Dowd as his boss. The club announced the change today in a press release, naming Geivett as senior vice president of major league operations.

The Rockies have also told O’Dowd he can listen to his radio at a reasonable level, although they’re going to need his red stapler.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2012 at 04:43 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: August 01, 2012 at 07:08 PM (#4198470)
Let's see how long this org chart lasts, but it sure looks like O'Dowd is getting nudged to the door.
   2. puck Posted: August 01, 2012 at 07:13 PM (#4198471)
Weird they can't just do it, though. So maybe O'Dowd is not the only source of the "Plan/week" method.

The Rockies have also told O’Dowd he can listen to his radio at a reasonable level, although they’re going to need his red stapler.


Love this comment, AG#1F.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM (#4198478)
O'Dowd had an absolutely heinous off-season; not a single one of his big-ticket acquisitions has worked out. Guthrie and Ramon Hernandez were awful, Scutaro wasn't much better, and Cuddyer, the best of the bunch, has been mediocre. All those guys were older than the Rockies they were replacing. He got three young pitchers for Seth Smith and Chris Iannetta, and all three got knocked around in the majors and have been sent back to the minors, although they're still young enough to eventually make an impact.

The success stories for this year include the rookies Wilin Rosario and Josh Rutledge, and when the Rockies have been good, it's been almost entirely because of their farm system. So asking O'Dowd to focus on player development seems like a good idea. It'll be nice not to have him make any more transactions at the major league level for a while.
   4. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 01, 2012 at 07:43 PM (#4198488)
The Covlin-Stewart deal worked pretty well for them at least.
   5. Darren Posted: August 01, 2012 at 07:51 PM (#4198491)
You are now the vice president but your job will be cleaning the floors.

O'Dowd lives a charmed life.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM (#4198509)
The Covlin-Stewart deal worked pretty well for them at least.


That's true. You have to give him credit for that one. It would be even better if the Cuddyer signing hadn't choked off the best place for Colvin to play.
   7. base ball chick Posted: August 01, 2012 at 08:31 PM (#4198511)
man that is just terrible news. decreased effups?? i hate those rockies!!! they are only 2 games behind my astros in the great race to see who can lose the most games in 1 year. If we can keep up this awesome pace of only 3 wins/month, we will WIN THE TITLE of Suckest Team to Ever Suck in a 162 game season. We'll winnnnn!!!!!!!!

It will be soooooo thrilling! How can we manage to lose again? Make sure the guy playing third can't field routine grounders. Make sure your leadoff guy and the guy hitting 3rd or cleanup has an on base under .280!!!! Make sure the second baseman throws 1 foot over the head of the SS when making a flip to second!! make sure some idiot on second isn't smart enough to wait until a GB gets thru the IF before starting for third so he can get in a rundown!! Make sure the runner at third wanders off into the coaches box so as he can get picked off!! Have the "hitters" flail away at pitches 1 foot over or outside the strike zone!! Make sure you have catchers who can't block pitches or throw out runners, hopefully throwing into the OF a lot. And best of all, keep running relievers like cooked cordero and chuckie Ick out there to give up 3-4 runs/inning!!!!!

And just when i keep thinking that can't NOBODY catch us in the race to the suckage, i look up and there is the (swear word) rockies right on our heels, only 2 games away.
   8. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: August 01, 2012 at 08:44 PM (#4198518)
man that is just terrible news. decreased effups??

We don't really know this do we? This Geivett guy could be an even more prolific effupper than O'Dowd was.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4198519)
Firing O'Dowd outright would be SOP but this is just plain weird.

1. OK, I assume this an attempt to save face for O'Dowd but to push him out of ML responsibility while keeping him GM is strange. Usually this is done by just making the GM the (powerless) VP for baseball operations and having the new guy be GM. (Would I be correct in guessing O'Dowd has a few years left on his contract?)

2. And they replace him with a guy who is, according to the story, going to work closely with Jim Tracy? I can't imagine a better way to catch the Astros than to give Jim Tracy more input into personnel decisions.

3. #2 suggests that there was a disconnect between O'Dowd and Tracy -- and Tracy won the office politics battle? Jim Tracy? I guess he prayed harder.

OK, 2 and 3 are really the same point but ... Jim Tracy?
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 01, 2012 at 08:51 PM (#4198521)
2. And they replace him with a guy who is, according to the story, going to work closely with Jim Tracy? I can't imagine a better way to catch the Astros than to give Jim Tracy more input into personnel decisions.


I didn't interpret the story that way at all. Geivett is going to run the team at the major league level, including overseeing the major league manager.
   11. Tripon Posted: August 01, 2012 at 08:53 PM (#4198525)
O'Dowd earlier was quoted saying that Jim Tracy had a job as long as he was around. I'm not sure what Jim Tracy has done to deserve that kind of job security, but so it goes.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM (#4198532)
I didn't interpret the story that way at all. Geivett is going to run the team at the major league level, including overseeing the major league manager.

Could be I suppose, I just don't equate "work closely with" and "oversee." And if you need a separate guy to "work closely with" the manager, that suggests that O'Dowd wasn't or was finding it an onerous task.

It gets a little weirder now I read the story ... Geivett is "senior vice president for major league operations" but still reports to O'Dowd as his boss. Does any other team have a senior VP for the majors? What is O'Dowd's actual title -- Exec VP for basball ops?

But, sure, it all depends how you interpret the intentionally vague corporate lingo. O'Dowd "will remain involved in player acquistions." That either means he's been pushed aside in this role but still gets to sit in the room ... or he's still calling the shots on player acquisition.

   13. base ball chick Posted: August 01, 2012 at 09:07 PM (#4198537)
Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2012 at 08:45 PM (#4198519)
Firing O'Dowd outright would be SOP but this is just plain weird.

...And they replace him with a guy who is, according to the story, going to work closely with Jim Tracy? I can't imagine a better way to catch the Astros than to give Jim Tracy more input into personnel decisions.


i don't get the jim tracy luuuvv by that Organization

and yeah, catching the astros looks easier for them by the day
   14. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 02, 2012 at 07:12 AM (#4198665)
It's funny how a guy like Tracy is going to have a long career as an ML manager and a guy like Dierker never got a second crack despite a nice run of success in Houston. Baseball loves their Yes-men, I guess. And agreed that this plan is just weird but, then, the Rockies are a weird organization.
   15. Tripon Posted: August 02, 2012 at 06:00 PM (#4199213)
Jim Tracy isn't even a yes man though. He back stabbed his players, throws them under the buss when it suits him, said one thing, does another, played guys he wanted despite his front office clearly preferring other options. He just has that aw shucks personality going for him so the right people (His bosses) fall for it.
   16. dr. scott Posted: August 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4199243)
All disfunctional organizations love their yes men.

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