Rockies' Front Office Reorganization Sees O'Dowd Scaling Back, Geivett Stepping Up
The Rockies yesterday “restructured responsibilities in their front office," with GM Dan O'Dowd "staying in his position but focusing more on the minor leagues and player development," according to Troy Renck of the DENVER POST. Assistant GM Bill Geivett will now "oversee the daily operations of the major league club.” While O'Dowd remains the GM, he will “receive more assistance on the major-league side from Geivett, who will work closely with manager Jim Tracy.” O'Dowd also will “remain involved in player acquisitions.” Sources said that O'Dowd, who has been GM since ’99, was "in favor of the move.” Geivett will now work under the title Senior VP/Major League Operations, and “will still answer to O'Dowd as his boss” (DENVERPOST.com, 8/1). In Denver, Patrick Saunders notes Geivett will “be a presence in the clubhouse and will also coordinate spring training and the offseason program.” Rockies Owner Dick Monfort said, “His total, 100-percent focus will be on the major-league club.” Monfort added that the demands of running a MLB team “puts too many demands on the manager.” But Geivett, who has been with the Rockies since '00, now will “now oversee much of that” (DENVER POST, 8/2). Monfort said, “We have the right people running this organization. I know there's some that disagree with me. People talk about accountability. I am taking accountability for this." He added, "I know it's easy for people to say you gotta get rid of somebody. But fact of the matter is that doesn't change the issues. … We have to do this so that we keep moving in [a] direction to get better. And we have the right people to do that” (DENVER POST, 8/2).