Dan O’Dowd has resigned as Colorado Rockies’ general manager to end a miserable time in charge of the American League West franchise who now look for a new beginning as Jeff Bridich takes the reins.
Bridich has been promoted from within to take the GM role after serving as the team’s senior director of player development since 2011 while senior vice president Bill Geivett also left the Rockies following a fourth consecutive losing season.
O’Dowd’s highlight reel at the Rockies will be short and bittersweet: in 15 years in charge he oversaw just four winning seasons and two of them took Colorado to the postseason.
In 2007 the Rockies made a surprise appearance in the World Series after winning 21 of their final 22 regular season games. O’Dowd’s side took clean sweeps in their divisional against the Phillies and in their championship against the Diamondbacks but crashed at the World Series when they lost 4-0 to the Red Sox.
Since then the Rockies have only made one other postseason appearance and just two winning season records.
Colorado co-owner Dick Monfort gave O’Dowd and his club an ultimatum at the start of the 2014 season: he demanded the team pull out a 90-win season. Instead the Rockies managed a horrific 90-loss season, finishing 66-96 and a whopping 28 games behind NL West winners Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bridich, the man replacing O’Dowd as general manager, has a heck of a job on his hands.
Without a winning season since 2010 the Rockies could face losing their last remaining star players, including the likes of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Tulowitzki in particular has been desperate to be involved in a winning team and the Rockies will hope he sees out his $120 million contract which is signed through to the 2020 season.
According to USAtoday.com, co-owner Monfort said in a statement: “I know Jeff is anxious to begin working on the goal of putting a championship team on the field that the Rockies staff, our fans and our region deserve.”
The new direction for the Rockies may begin with players like Justin Morneau and Jorge De La Rosa taking a more senior role and more responsibilities after their impressive 2014 seasons.
Morneau won the National League batting title while lefty De La Rosa notched up a 14-11 season as a starter with a 4.10 ERA from 32 starts.
Jeff Bridich began life in Major League Baseball by working in the Commissioner’s Office before switching to Colorado in 2004. Bridich was promoted to senior director of baseball operations in 2006 before switching to player development in September 2011.