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Rockies owner says assistant GM Bill Geivett is responsible for the bad season

Jul 18, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

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Rockies owner Dick Monfort has had a good couple weeks of speaking his mind. He told one fan that he shouldn’t come to Rockies games if he didn’t like the product. He said that maybe Denver doesn’t deserve a team. Now, in response to a question about who was responsible for the Rockies’ poor season, Monfort named a name:

So, Monfort was asked, who is responsible for the Rockies’ 40-55 record this season, good for second-to-last place in the National League?

“You would have to say it’s Bill Geivett (Rockies assistant GM),” Monfort said. “He’s responsible for the major-league team.

Maybe that’s true — we have no idea whose ideas hold the most sway in Colorado — but I can’t remember when an owner or team president ever publicly held an exec responsible like this. I mean, other than when they’re actually fired, with said firing meaning to speak for itself.

Gotta feel good to be Geivett walking in to the office today, eh?


  1. stex52 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    I’ve had bad bosses before. I know how to recognize one. Monfort is a bad boss.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    The guy really, really, really needs to learn that not every thought in his head needs to be shared

  3. soleman50 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    I’m a Giants fan & the Rockies deserve better than this clown. Maybe Selig needs too say something to this butthole!! If I was a Rockie fan I would stand up & start yelling Monfort Sucks!! I’m pretty sure the whole stadium would join in!! I do hope the fool keeps biting the hand that makes him rich!! Turn on that clown fans!!

    • echech88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      +1 for use of the world butthole.

    • hoopmatch - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Did you mean to say “Turn on that clown, fans!” Or “Turn on that, clown fans!”

  4. stex52 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    He inherited his money. Never trust guys like that.

    • karlkolchak - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Born on third base and thought he’d hit a triple.

  5. dondada10 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I’m not trying to be funny: I wouldn’t be surprised to find out in the near future that this Monfort character is sick in the head. Does he have a history of spewing vitriol before this month?

    • yahmule - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      No, he’s just a thin skinned rich guy. The Monforts have always been hyper sensitive to criticism and have gone to great lengths to insulate themselves from it over the years. For example, local media who refuse to handle them with kid gloves find their access extremely limited. Since the most visible local guys like Tracy Ringolsby are content to play that game, the team’s front office problems have been downplayed or ignored.

      • mikeevergreen - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        Donald Sterling II

    • mogogo1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Might be something to that comment because until this year he really wasn’t known for saying much of anything. The brothers have stayed the course with management at times when the fanbase would have been all for an overhaul so for him to not only criticize management but call out an assistant GM by name is pretty bizarre. And how is an assistant GM responsible for the Major League team? If that’s truly the case this poor guy has been severely underpaid and under-recognized.

      • yahmule - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        The Monfort’s only reluctantly added Geivett to the GM position when criticism of the hopelessly inept Dan O’Dowd became too intense. Not at all surprising that Bill’s being publicly scapegoated now. The way Dick’s mind works, he’s saying, “See! You made me hire this guy and he’s ruined everything.”

  6. echech88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Rots from the head down.

  7. clydeserra - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    isn’t this the same guy that said adding brett anderson was like adding 15 wins to the team?

  8. bronco58lb - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Because it takes 5-6 years for draftees and amateur signees to develop in some cases, I’m not sure how you can put the blame solely on Bill Geivett. Geivett took control in midseason 2012.

    Dan O’Dowd has overseen baseball operations since September 1999 and for whatever reason, the Monforts have granted him the job security of a Supreme Court justice.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Exactly. How can any assistant be called out for anything when O’Dowd is ultimately responsible AND has longer tenure than anybody else around there? He must have some really nasty pictures of the Monfort brothers. But a great illustration of how messed up the inner-working must be. They’ve got an assistant GM in charge of the Major League team? What the heck does O’Dowd oversee then?

  9. dowhatifeellike - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Monfort recently said he doesn’t want to make front office changes because he wants to keep the culture intact. To that I say: What culture? The culture of losing? So the AGM is singled out for poor performance, but you don’t want to replace him? No wonder this team is awful, it all starts with the person making the decisions at the top.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Worse yet is if the thought process is that O’Dowd is the culture so he’s untouchable but anybody working for him is fair game.

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    At least the Red Sox wait for their people to leave the room before they start bashing them to others.

  11. beefytrout - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    The Rockies have an absolutely beautiful Spring Training complex.

    • yahmule - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      They have also poured a lot of money into improvements @ Coors Field. When it comes to maintaining outstanding facilities, they’re definitely first rate.

  12. dorbs345 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    O’Dowd must give some great head. Geivett was brought in to assist O’Dowd. Yet it’s his fault? O’Dumb should be fired, Geivett, Weiss…..and the Monforts need to be Donald Sterling-ed.

    • Nick Danger - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I find the thumb system and the people who use it to be very confusing. How does this comment have 5 thumbs up? There are some real losers on this site – that’s probably enough for me.

  13. zzalapski - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    If the *assistant* GM is responsible for the major-league team, what is the actual GM responsible for?

    • uwsptke - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      They need to bring in “The Bobs” and ask O’Dowd that.

      “What would you say it is that you do here?”

    • mondogarage - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Ensuring daily fellatio of ownership, obv.

  14. rbj1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    And who is ultimately responsible for hiring Geivett, Dick? Here’s a hint, you look at his face every morning in the mirror.

  15. skipcastaneda - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Bill Geivitt was the Dodgers farm director and briefly made decisions for the Major League team, and he proved himself to be a bad baseball executive. I’m not defending Monfort, but Geivitt’s time with the Dodgers wasn’t successful.

  16. sandwiches4ever - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    DM: Hey, Bill, can you stand over for a sec?
    BG: But what about that bus?
    DM: Never mind that.

  17. tmc602014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    You’re taking this entirely out of context. The rest of the quote: “All I am sure of is that I, Dick Monfort, am not responsible in any way for the poor organization, lack of accountability, low morale in the front office, fan discontent, or anything else. Wait a minute, I am responsible for the suggestion box, and fan communication. I’ve performed those duties admirably.”

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