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Rockies “restructuring” front office, but Dan O’Dowd will remain general manager

Aug 1, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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As the Rockies try to avoid the worst season in franchise history Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the team is “expected to announce a restructuring of responsibilities in their front office.”

However, according to Renck general manager Dan O’Dowd is not in danger of losing his job and instead will simply be “focusing more on the minor leagues and player development while assistant general manager Bill Geivett is given expanded day-to-day duties with the major-league club.”

That means technically O’Dowd will still be Geivett’s boss, but this sure seems like a way to take power from someone who’s been the team’s GM since 1999 without actually demoting him.

O’Dowd’s reign has been remarkably long considering the Rockies’ lack of success. Their overall record in his 13 seasons is 962-1,084, with just two playoff appearances, and this year’s team is on pace for 102 losses. Yet he’s the fourth-longest tenured GM in baseball and, for now at least, will be keeping his job despite changes to the front office.

UPDATE: It’s official, as the Rockies announced that Geivett’s new title is Senior Vice President of Major League Operations.

  1. hansob - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Heck of a job, Dowdie!

  2. huffdaddyco - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Next up for the Rox, a 4-man rotation at GM. After 75 horrible moves you get pulled for the next guy.

  3. stex52 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I’ve been in American industry jobs for 36 years. Seen this movie. After a “decent” interval, O’Dowd will step down to “pursue other interests.”

  4. spellingcops - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Monforts, wake up and can this guy!! We’ve proven we will fill seats even when the product on the field is sub par, so GIVE US SOMETHING TO ROOT FOR!!

  5. yahmule - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    They’re reshuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  6. baseballisboring - Aug 1, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Cut your losses and fire the guy. He’s got a pretty healthy stack of bad decisions on his resume and the Rockies farm system has been in the bottom third for a few years. I think they’re looking at a rebuild, and their most tradeable assets are signed long term for big money. They’re gonna have to draft really well and make some shrewd trades if they wanna return to respectability within the next few years. The guy who signed 33 year old Michael Cuddyer to a 3 year contract probably isn’t the guy to do it.

  7. turdfurgerson68 - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Jesus Christ could be hired as their new GM and it won’t help at all…not even miracles can help a team that plays in such high altitude.

    Until they relocate and become the Arikaree River Rockies, they will continue to be bad.

  8. sweepthleg - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Management is restructuring? Yeah, restructuring outta retards!

    Good Will Hunting said it.

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