DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have restructured the responsibilities of their front office.
General manager Dan O’Dowd is shifting his focus to player development and assistant GM Bill Geivett is being given more day-to-day duties with the club.
Geivett will still report to O’Dowd, who has been GM since September 1999. He will work with manager Jim Tracy and his coaching staff on the daily operations.
“Bill will focus on personnel aspect, lineups, training rooms, travel and nutrition, things I have a vision of but I don’t have time to do it,” O’Dowd said. “I will jump in on scouting and development, and I have thoughts I want to study.”
Owner Dick Monfort said the team has the right people to run the organization but there was a lack of focus on the major league club. Geivett’s sole responsibility will be to work with the Rockies and step away from his duties in the scouting and development area.
“The responsibility of Bill Geivett, Dan O’Dowd, everybody, is not just on the major league club, it’s on the farm system, it’s on drafting, it’s on scouting, it’s on a whole lot of things,” Monfort said. “We’ll have somebody in the front office who’s total focus is on the major league club.”
O’Dowd said he is still in charge and will be responsible for making trades and personnel moves.
“This structure will make us more efficient. This will help us to adapt,” O’Dowd said. “It will be collaborative, as it is right now.”
Geivett joined the Rockies as assistant GM in 2000 and was named senior vice president of scouting and development in January 2011. His job has kept him away from the club most of the year, but now he will be with the Rockies every day.
“I will be with them on the road,” Geivett said. “All the travel and things that I’ve done in the past just won’t happen. I’m with the major league club and I’m part of the team.”
Tracy, who will work closely with Geivett daily, said he was happy with the move.
“I have a great relationship with Bill Geivett,” he said. “There’s very little that changes from what I do day to day.”
Monfort said O’Dowd will spend “a lot more time in player development,” a change the GM embraced.
“This is a better way to approach a process to make things work better,” O’Dowd said. “Our peaks and valleys have been great. We’ve had good years and we’ve had some bad years, and we need a model to sustain itself.”
The good years include a run to the 2007 World Series with homegrown talent that included Matt Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki, Jeff Francis, Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe. Only Helton was part of the organization before O’Dowd took charge.
The Rockies have reached the playoffs twice in his tenure and are now on pace for 103 losses, the worst season in franchise history.
Injuries to the rotation have played a role in Colorado’s demise. Projected ace Jorge De La Rosa has been out since tearing a ligament in his pitching elbow in May 2011. The left-hander had Tommy John surgery and was expected back before the All-Star break this season but has had several setbacks in his rehab.
Righty Jhoulys Chacin hasn’t pitched since May 1 because of a nerve issue in the right side of his chest. Right-hander Juan Nicasio went on the disabled list June 3 with a strained left knee and is out for the season after having surgery on the joint last month.
The fill-ins have been a disappointment, prompting the Rockies to use a four-man rotation with starters limited to 75 pitches.
The new strategy that began June 19 hasn’t helped. Colorado starters have the highest ERA in the major leagues at 6.38.
O’Dowd said the decision to restructure the front office was not based on this season’s disappointment.
“We’ve been thinking about it for a long time. This would have been something we would have announced in the offseason if we finished 20 games above .500,” O’Dowd said. “We weren’t going to address it until offseason. I put things in process and it leaked out to the media, so here we are.”
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