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Is Having Front Office Exec Stationed In Clubhouse Good Or Bad For Rockies?

Rockies Senior VP/Baseball Operations Bill Geivett appeared on MLB Network’s “Clubhouse Confidential” Tuesday and said of having an office in the Rockies' clubhouse, “It seems really glamorous that I have an office in the clubhouse. There’s a desk in the side of the conference room that I sit in.” He added, “Being able to work with our staff and (manager Walt Weiss) everyday like here in Spring Training, it’s been great.” MLB Network’s Brian Kenny asked whether “that’s the way of the modern front office,” having an office on-site and interacting closely with the team. Geivett said, “It’s got to be a consideration at some point for a lot of clubs. … Not only with media concerns and dealing with agents and all the things that go into the job of general manager … but to be able to spend time with your Major League club is very, very difficult for a general manager to keep the pulse of what’s going on and to make the right move” (“Clubhouse Confidential,” MLB Network, 2/19). Kenny said, “A manager now should be an extension of a front office. I think it should be helpful to have that communication there. Not there as someone who’s an adversary of the players but someone who is there to explain what they're trying to do, the strategy, the grand strategy that’s coming from upstairs.” But MLB Network’s Mitch Williams added, “There’s a front office for a reason. There’s a clubhouse for a reason.” Williams noted this is going to create a “lack of communication because the players are going to keep their mouth shut.” Williams: “They are not going to go to their manager with what they feel might be an issue because then that manager is going to be considered a pipeline to the front office” (“MLB Tonight,” MLB Network, 2/19).
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