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Dan O’Dowd

O’Dowd still in charge…

The Rockies announced earlier today that general manager Dan O’Dowd will be shifting some if his duties to his asst general manager Bill Geivett. Geivett will be handling the day to day operations of the Rockies and O’Dowd will focus on the minor league side and player development. And since the announcement social media has been on fire about the Rockies ownership, the Monforts and management and their lack of ability to do anything right, even firing O’Dowd.

How does a general manager let alone any employee with a work record that O’Dowd has, still manage to keep his job? The Rockies are a bunch of idiots to think the fans cant see the blind loyalty the Monforts, O’Dowd, Apodaca and Tracy have for one another. I’ve said all along that the Monforts and O’Dowd are each sleeping in the same bed with one another and as long as it remains that way, nothing will ever change for this organization and the team is concerned and they will continue to laugh all the way to the bank.

They’re all businessmen and right now business is good despite the second worst record in baseball this season. They’re averaging anywhere from 32-35 thousand fans (though most of them delusional and arent really baseball fans) every night. For example, the Rockies during the most recent series with the Reds averaged 36824 over the 3 game series, with Saturday night having an attendance figure of 42826.

All and all what this “shifting of responsibilities” is a smokescreen and basically means nothing. O’Dowd is still in charge as Geivett still will have to answer to his boss(O’Dowd) and despite Dan “focusing” on the minors and player development(which he is terrible at), he is still in charge of player acquisitions, etc. So spin it how you want Rockies ownership, this fan and a few others that I know and have spoken to arent buying it.

The Monforts arent selling the team and O’Dowd and company dont have the balls to look themselves in the mirror resign their positions. Why should they? Where else can you make money and not have to do anything, but pretend you’re building a ballclub for a fanbase that is made up of many who only attend games for the social aspect anyway and dont care about the club and dont even know what the score is at any point during a game. The hardcore baseball fans at 20th & Blake deserve better. Hell even the players deserve better!

Until that day comes, expect nothing more than the same old tired story year after year at Coors Field.

Oh and while we’re at it, can we get rid of ROOT Sports broadcast team with the exception of Marc Stout and Joel Klatt? The rest are tired and a joke to the broadcasting industry. The fans deserve better here as well.


Rockies report card, so far…

27 games into the 2012 season and the Rockies are exactly what you see on paper, an underachieving, below average team with no direction, passion, not to mention pitching. They’re sloppy defensively, inconsistent offensively, there’s little if any leadership anywhere on this team. And leading by example is a crock of you know what, so dont give me that! Mr Everything, Troy Tulowitzki has been Mr Anything But.

Dont get me started on the general manager! But this report card is about what happens on the field more than what happens off of it, so I will spare Mr O’Dowd, this time.

The stats are prior to Monday night’s game at San Diego.

PITCHING (C-) – We knew the pitching was going to be bad long before spring training, but did we know it was going to be this bad? The Rockies are 28th in the league with a 5.13 ERA. First in hits allowed with 285, 4th in homeruns allowed with 35, 25th in strikeouts with 191.

The bright spots if there are any would be Jamie Moyer not just being a feel good story, but leading the starting rotation with a 4.01 ERA, despite a 1-2 record with little run support or help in relief from the bullpen. Matt Reynolds leads the staff in wins with 3 and Nicasio and Guthrie lead the starters with 2 wins each. Betancourt has 6 saves in 7 opportunities. Still the pitching overall could be better.

FIELDING (C) – 27th in fielding percentage(.977), dead last in defensively efficiency rating(.647), 5th in errors committed with 24. Tulo leads the team with 7 errors already this season after he only had 6 errors all of last season.

HITTING (B) – 8th in batting average(.259), 11th in on base percentage(.329), 5th in slugging(.446), 5th in RBIs(142), and tied for 6th in homeruns(34) and 5th in runs scored(146). The bright spots would be Cargo leading the team in RBIs(26) and homeruns(7). Eight homeruns from the catcher’s position, 4 from Wilin Rosario and 4 from Ramon Hernandez and 22 RBIs between them. Fowler, and Colvin showing some power and run production with 6 homers and 23 RBIs between them. Both Fowler and Cuddyer need to cut down on the strikeouts with 25 apiece.


Rockies extend Tracy(sort of)…

AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari

AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari

The Rockies have had a way of sometimes doing things before the start of most every season that makes you scratch your head and wonder, “Who makes these decisions and why?”. Well we know most of these decisions come from Dan O’Dowd and/or the Monforts. What I am talking about here is of course the “extension” the Rockies brass have given Jim Tracy as manager of the Colorado Rockies.

It was reported late yesterday that the Rockies have offered Jim Tracy an indefinite extension. What the hell does that mean?! I mean I know what it means, but where else in the sports world has anyone ever heard of such a thing? This handshake agreement as it’s being called looks and sounds ridiculous. If I were Tracy I would get this “handshake agreement” in writing. (Cover your ass Jim!)

I understand what “O’Dowd and Co.” are wanting to do here. Their aim is to rid the team and the organization of all questions about Tracy’s status in this upcoming year of what was to be the final year of his contract should the team at some point falter and be in the midst of some sort of losing streak. For that I applaud them for wanting to remove that distraction from the players, coaching staff, and team management themselves. And also to provide stability going into spring training and the season. I just have to still wonder why not just give him a normal extension,  like say a 2 year deal to the 2014 season. To me this is like walking around town telling everyone(friends and family) that you’re engaged to your significant other and not having a ring to show as some sort of proof. You get where I’m going with this I’m sure.

It’s nothing against Jim Tracy. I happen to like him as manager of this team, more times than not. Is he the man to lead this team to the playoffs and possibly a World Series? I would say to that, yes. But at the same time  I would like to believe that there are others who might be a better fit. Dont ask me who right now, I’ll save that for another post in the future. I just think that at night sometimes when O’Dowd goes to sleep he has these weird, crazy, and probably disturbing dreams(or ideas), that he comes into the office the next day and he cant help himself but to go through with them!

Anyway enough on this and congratulations to Jim Tracy on his “extension”.

Wigginton trade makes little sense…

Since July 30th of the 2011 season(Ubaldo trade) most every move Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd has made thus far continues to set this team backwards for the upcoming 2012 season. The trade of Ty Wiggington yesterday to the Phillies makes very little sense, if any at all, as the hole at third base just got bigger. Say what you want about Wiggy’s stats last season (.242, 15, 47), but with Wiggy on the roster there is at least some Major League experience at the position(and at the plate), alot more than Ian Stewart and Jordan Pacheco have brought to the hot corner. If nothing else you keep Wigginton on the roster and let he and Stewart and possibly Pacheco battle it out in spring training for the starting job. Pacheco isn’t ready to start the 2012 season on the Rockies roster and Stewart, who knows? He’s got alot of work to do if he is going to remain with this team.

“We are trying to reshape our club and this made sense,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said. – Denver Post

What sense does this make Dan? Please tell me. From a monetary standpoint, yes it does makes sense, you saved the club a couple of mil. Wiggy’s $4 million doesnt break the bank, but the return on the trade of $100K or a player to be named later does no good to the Rockies who need to win NOW. O’Dowd again goes for trading certainty for uncertainty and that uncertainty is a “player to be named later”. Not only that, the uncertainty is that Stewart or Pacheco can be the definitive answer for the Rockies at third base. Just like O’Dowd is hoping that Alex White and Drew Pomeranz can do the same in the pitching rotation. All the while he is hoping, the fans have to settle for what is going to be another mediocre (if not less than) season for the Rockies in 2012. I will say it now, the Rockies will NOT win the NL West next season(DUH!) and will do good to finish 4th within the division. Is it too early to ask when the 2012 NFL season starts?

Rockies….Big ticket deal? Give me a break…

Jim Armstrong has an article in today’s Denver Post on the Rockies and the idea of landing a “big ticket” player in the offseason. To that, I and numerous Rockies fans say, “We’ll believe it when we see it.”

We hear this every off season in some way shape or form. Take for instance the quote from Dick Monfort.

“We have to be open minded,” Monfort said, “but you’re not going to go out and sign (Jose) Reyes.”

Being open minded means that they will sit back and see what player fits their tight (by that I mean cheap) wallets and fans wont see any significant move made especially to the pitching staff. Where it seems every offseason they find one or two pitchers with a below average record and talent, sign him in hopes of rehabilitating a career, if only for the current season while the younger guys develop in the minors. Sounds cheap if you ask me. I like O’Dowd’s quote on winning the division.

“In this division, you win or lose with starting pitching.”

Well please Mr. O’Dowd tell us how long it took you to figure that one out? But yet you placed a somewhat inexperienced starting rotation on the field last season, hoping to strike lightning and in return you got nothing and the fans got nothing. And in the meantime trading your ace Ubaldo Jimenez for prospects and setting the organization back 2-3 seasons while we wait to see what sort of prize(s) we are hopeful to get inside a stale box of Cracker Jack.

Again please prove the fans wrong and make some significant moves this offseason that will make this team better and not to mention a contender. We’re four seasons removed from a World Series appearance and the window is closing fast with a few of the players on this team.

Rockies win 6-3 over Nationals, end 4 game skid…

With all of the posturing and rhetoric going on in Washington over the last few days, weeks, months, years, however far back you want to take it. It was good to see Washington finally do something right for a change, like helping to put an end to the Rockies 4 game losing streak Thursday night.

OK, so the Rockies finally break their 4 game losing streak. But it was the Nationals, so there isnt really a whole lot to be excited about. Esmil Rogers had a decent outing after a rough first inning. Rogers pitched 5.2 innings, striking out 6 and walking 2 batters, earning his 5th win of the season. Offensively the Rockies were led by Troy Tulowitzki, who went 3 for 4 with a homerun in the in the 6th inning and also scoring 2 runs. Wigginton followed suit going 2 for 3 with an RBI and Chris Nelson going 2 for 4 with an RBI.

The Rockies desperately need these next 3 games. One to rebound from a 1-3 start to the current homestand already and second, to stop the continuous slide below .500 and third, to increase their chances of not having the attendance numbers decrease for the remainder of the season, despite the 35000+ paid attendance numbers they threw at us last night.

If you watched the game last night on ROOT Sports, you didnt see much of the game did you? From what I’ve heard and seen partially, was that they spent more time showing George Frazier and Drew Goodman, eating (again) as they for some odd reason like to broadcast from time to time, rather than show the game. The comments section over on seem to support my claim as well. Just because Dan O’Dowd has thrown in the towel on the season, doesnt mean that the broadcast team of Frazier and Goodman over at ROOT Sports, should be doing the same. You’re supposed to be professionals, so act like it. Stop your endless ramblings about things not related to Rockies baseball and stop showing the fans watch you guys fill your pieholes with at the same time! We deserve so much better.

What the Ubaldo trade means…

I debated off and on last evening after hearing about the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians, on whether or not I wanted to put my .02 on the deal. Well it’s apparent that I have decided to go ahead and let out a bit of frustration on behalf some of the fans, as I am a fan myself first and foremost.

Sure Ubaldo is not the first player of his caliber to get traded on any team and surely he wont be the last. The problem that this trade brings is that despite the Rockies being 9.5 games out of first place in the NL West, is that Dan O’Dowd has just thrown in the towel on the remainder of the season. Just because there is a trade deadline, doesnt mean that as a team you must be a participant in any fashion. O’Dowd panicked, plain and simple. O’Dowd had other pieces he could have traded or he simply could have stood pat and declared as a couple of other GMs around the league had done with their star players and simply said that Ubaldo Jimenez is not available for trade. Dan O’Dowd isn’t that secure in himself to have made any such declaration. Instead he felt the urgent need to make a move of any kind for the sake of just making a move and all because of a looming trade deadline.

You don’t trade your best pitcher on the staff for a 50-50 chance at what might or might not be a better future for the club. Unless you are a team who is consistently in the bottom of it’s division year in and year out. The Rockies have not been that team for a while now. I’m sick and tired of hearing about the future of this team and what they hope to someday become. The time is right now, not 5-10 years down the road. But it seems as if being an underachieving team each year since 2007 is O’Dowd’s mission, then he might just be the best GM in baseball today. And listening to those who dismiss this move as a “part of the game” or that “baseball is a business”, I say to you “bullshit!” and invite you to come up with something of more substance. O’Dowd has a history of making dumb or should I say head-scratching moves with this club. Not resigning Torrealba or not resigning Olivo. Holding on to Jeff Francis longer than he should have and not solidifying the back half of the starting rotation. Continual belief that Chris Iannetta is the catcher of the future for this team. And why is Aaron Cook still a part of the rotation. Shall I go on?

The deal is done and as fans there is nothing we can do about it, except to move forward in whatever way we see necessary. I will continue to support the Rockies, but O’Dowd, that’s a different story. He will never get my full support, not that he needs it or even deserves it. To Ubaldo, you’ll always be a fan favorite and we will remember what you did for us and the team. Best wishes on your time in Cleveland. It’s not as nice of a city as Denver, but at least you’re on a contending team and a team that wants you bad enough to give up 4 prospects, which literally means that O’Dowd has set the Rockies back at least 2-3 years.