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Monfort Says He May Look To Change Rockies' Front Office If Struggles Continue

Monfort said he was happy with the team that was assembled in Spring Training
The Rockies enter today's game against the Padres with a 38-53 record, and team Owner Dick Monfort said he will "look at" making changes to the club's front office if the on-field results do not improve, according to Patrick Saunders of the DENVER POST. Monfort prior to last night's game said, "We are a draft-and-development organization, so we've got to make sure we have the right people doing that. We've got to make sure we are getting the right personnel for the major-league level. I think we all think we are. But something isn't equating. It's not adding up, so we will look at it, but we look at it every year." Monfort noted he has "stuck behind" both VP/Chief Baseball Officer & GM Dan O'Dowd and Senior VP/Major League Operations & Assistant GM Bill Geivett, as he thinks they are "really good baseball people." Monfort: "I think, if you are looking to make a change, there has got to be a better option. ... I think Dan does a good job. I like the team we have out here. I liked the team in spring training. Why it's not performing? I don't have the answers." Saunders noted the D-Backs hired Tony La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer in May and asked if the Rockies would consider "doing something like that to bring a fresh perspective to this organization." Monfort: "If there was someone there that I thought could really give us a good evaluation, I would sure sit down and talk to them. ... I will probably reach out to the Diamondbacks and see how that's working. Maybe (La Russa) is just getting the lay of the land and there is more to come later" (DENVER POST, 7/9).

IN OVER HIS HEAD? In Denver, Mark Kiszla writes Monfort is "in way over his head, drowning slowly in all the frustration of a season gone horribly wrong." Monfort yesterday said, "Awful. Just awful. It's the worst I've ever been in my life." He added, "I don't sleep at night. ... I live in fear all the time. ... Fear of losing." Kiszla writes Dick and Charlie Monfort "are good men," but they "don't know how to win." They "don't have the baseball expertise." Kiszla: "I don't believe the Monforts are cheap. I believe they are in over their heads." Kiszla's advice to Monfort is to "get some help" (DENVER POST, 7/9).
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