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Spellbound? Rockies Discover Error On Tulo Giveaway, But Decide To Go Ahead
Published July 28, 2014
A ROCKY ROAD: The Rockies are 43-61 and in last place in the NL West, and in Denver, Mark Kiszla wrote the problem "is the management culture of the Rockies." Kiszla: "It settles for mediocrity. It makes excuses. It stinks." Rockies Owner Dick Monfort is "reluctant to fire anybody." While he "regards that attitude as compassionate," it is "also a cop-out." A winning organization "demands accountability and places respect for fans' hard-earned dollars ahead of friendships within team headquarters" (DENVER POST, 7/27). Also in Denver, Patrick Saunders wrote Monfort "is extremely loyal and can be stubborn." That "will be a factor in October when the Rockies evaluate their season." Saunders: "I only hope the front office faces as much scrutiny as the players." Major decisions "are still made by a committee," with Monfort, Senior VP/Major League Operations & Assistant GM Bill Geivett, Exec VP, Chief Baseball Officer & GM Dan O'Dowd and others "sitting at the table." But if you are "looking for a pecking order, Monfort is at the top, followed by O'Dowd and then Geivett" (DENVER POST, 7/27).