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Monday, April 26, 2021

Rox GM Bridich steps down; Feasel named president

The Colorado Rockies announced on Monday that the club and executive vice president/general manager Jeff Bridich have mutually agreed that Bridich will step down from his role, effective immediately.

Greg Feasel, the club’s executive vice president/chief operating officer since 2010 and in his 26th season with the organization, has been named president/chief operating officer. He will now oversee baseball operations in addition to his current responsibilities leading all facets of the club’s business operations, including spearheading the organization’s role as host of the 2021 MLB All-Star Game festivities this July.

In the midst of his seventh season as general manager, Bridich now brings to a close 17 years with the Rockies organization. He joined the Rockies’ baseball department in 2004 and rose to senior director of baseball operations in 2006, and then senior director of player development in 2011. Since being named GM in October 2014, Bridich oversaw the Rockies’ only consecutive playoff appearances in franchise history, in 2017 and 2018.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2021 at 02:08 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: April 26, 2021 at 02:15 PM (#6015504)
This clears the way for Theo's next challenge.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 26, 2021 at 02:22 PM (#6015510)
I'm all for that.

Bridich wasn't a total disaster but he had clearly outlived his usefulness in the organization. And he was obviously a major assh*le. If he wanted to go back to running the Rox' drafting operations, I'd be fine with that.
   3. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: April 26, 2021 at 05:04 PM (#6015552)
This feels a little weird to say, given how short his run as GM ultimately was and the fact that the Rockies did make the playoffs twice in that span, but Bridich may be leaving Colorado with the dishonor of being the worst GM of the past decade. Other teams certainly outpaced the Rockies in terms of losses and unwatchability and ambient embarrassment over the last seven years, but it’s hard to think of another GM who so thoroughly squandered the opportunities he was given. Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon gave the Rockies had a core that could rival those of the sport’s best hitting teams, and Bridich was given a good chunk of money to spend building around it by a famously frugal ownership group. That he managed to turn a few hundred million dollars in free-agency spending into a negative balance on the WAR ledger, and then alienated and traded Arenado one offseason before Trevor Story’s contract is up, amounts to such a stunning series of ####### that it’s hard to believe it wasn’t executed on purpose.
defector.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 26, 2021 at 05:22 PM (#6015557)
That's just stupid. The worst GM in baseball doesn't build a playoff team. It's cute to talk about "the opportunities he was given," but the Rockies were losing 90 games a year when Bridich took over. He had terrible blind spots and deserved to be fired, but this need to brand him the worst GM in baseball is just dumb.

Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon gave the Rockies had a core that could rival those of the sport’s best hitting teams,


They did? Those are three good-to-great players, but over the course of their Rockies careers, those players combined to finish in the Top Ten in the league OPS+ exactly twice, and they were both tenth-place finishes. One of Bridich's problems was that he didn't adequately apply park factors for Coors Field, and thus considered mediocre hitters like Gerardo Parra to be acceptable. But defector is apparently just as dumb as Bridich.



   5. Walt Davis Posted: April 26, 2021 at 06:22 PM (#6015570)
It would take a lot of work to establish but I wouldn't be surprised if his record of FA signings is the worst of any GM in the FA era. It's ridiculously bad value for money with the added stigma that most of the deals were bad on the surface. It's one thing to sign Josh Hamilton or Albert Pujols (was that the same guy) and have them blow up in your face, it's another thing to sign Ian Desmond to play 1B. He may have been good at draft & develop and trades but he was a disaster at FA signings.

I agree that pulling out Arednado, Story and Blackmon (especially) as some killer core is weak sauce but given we were talking a 3B, SS and CF, the fact that they weren't among the best hitters in the game is far from damning. Arenado had 4 seasons in the top 5 in WAR, Story has had 2. (Blackmon one 10th place finish.) In 2018, Arenado and Story combined for 8 WAA; in 2019 they combined for 10. In 2018 they did put an average team around them and won 91 games; in 2019, very mucn not and they won 71. He's hardly alone in that achievement but giving back their 10 estra wins then another 10 is bad work.

One of Bridich's problems was that he didn't adequately apply park factors for Coors Field

If this is really true then this does make him the worst GM in the game. How could you possibly be a GM in the 2010s and not adequately apply Coors park factors?
   6. 57i66135 is a hard word for me. Posted: April 26, 2021 at 06:31 PM (#6015574)
If this is really true then this does make him the worst GM in the game. How could you possibly be a GM in the 2010s and not adequately apply Coors park factors?
park factors were not discussed in the bibble.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: April 26, 2021 at 07:33 PM (#6015582)
Wasn't Jack Zduriencik a GM in the 2010s?
   8. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: April 26, 2021 at 08:47 PM (#6015593)
Brodie Van Wagenen did pretty poorly in his 15 months of the 2010s as a GM.
   9. asinwreck Posted: April 26, 2021 at 10:28 PM (#6015612)
Nick Groke's story doesn't provide much optimism. It's paywalled, but you get the gist from the conclusion.

The GM’s chair has been held by just three people in the Rockies’ 29 years, first by Bob Gebhard, then Dan O’Dowd. Bridich, the third, started with the club in 2004 and worked his way up, eventually taking the place of his boss, O’Dowd. Monfort has rarely seen fit to reach outside the walls of Coors Field for new perspectives. And the Rockies have never won their division.

“The only constant through the dysfunction is the owner,” one person familiar with the Rockies’ inner workings said.

It's a great park, tremendous fan base. Imagine if ownership was on the same level.
   10. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: April 26, 2021 at 10:41 PM (#6015616)
MLB Trade Rumors has a piece via Nightengale saying the Twins' Thad Levine is an option, which apparently fits with #9 since he previously worked for the Rockies.
   11. The Duke Posted: April 27, 2021 at 12:45 PM (#6015671)
I’m betting people look back at the Arenado trade and say “not so bad after all”. He has continued to be average at the plate this year and if this is Who he is now, they are lucky to be out from under it. Or put another way, if he continues to play like this, there is no amount of money they could have paid to get rid of This contract next offseason.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2021 at 01:12 PM (#6015677)

I’m betting people look back at the Arenado trade and say “not so bad after all”.


Maybe Bridich will get some credit for bailing out whatever GM signed Arenado to that deal.
   13. It's Spelled With a CFBF, But Not Where You Think Posted: April 27, 2021 at 01:37 PM (#6015681)
It's a great park, tremendous fan base.


I've had a couple really nice nights in Coors Field sitting up near that line of purple seats that marks one mile above sea level, stretching out with no one around me and enjoying the view while the sun sets and we get that really pleasant Colorado summer night cool down.
   14. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: April 27, 2021 at 01:57 PM (#6015687)
I’m betting people look back at the Arenado trade and say “not so bad after all”. He has continued to be average at the plate this year and if this is Who he is now, they are lucky to be out from under it. Or put another way, if he continues to play like this, there is no amount of money they could have paid to get rid of This contract next offseason.


Maybe. But if that's the case then it wasn't a good signing to begin with, which is also on Bridich. And even if it turns out okay for Colorado, I doubt it will top getting away from the Tulo contract. And next we get so see what they do with Story. I thought they should have traded him this past winter, when he still had draft compensation attached to him for an acquiring team, but we'll see. Got to think losing Bridich increases the chance of Story being willing to re-sign with Colorado.
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: April 27, 2021 at 02:05 PM (#6015689)
Or put another way, if he continues to play like this, there is no amount of money they could have paid to get rid of This contract next offseason.
Wrong
   16. Zach Posted: April 27, 2021 at 07:29 PM (#6015749)
I've had a couple really nice nights in Coors Field sitting up near that line of purple seats that marks one mile above sea level, stretching out with no one around me and enjoying the view while the sun sets and we get that really pleasant Colorado summer night cool down.

They used to have some ridiculously good deals in the early 2000s. We'd bring groups of grad students and sit in the upper deck right behind home plate for about $10 apiece.
   17. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: April 28, 2021 at 09:39 AM (#6015826)
Maybe they needed brain surgeons in Colorado?

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