MLB Franchise Notes: Weiss Reportedly Growing Frustrated With Rockies' Front Office
FOXSPORTS.com's Ken Rosenthal cited sources as saying that Rockies manager Walt Weiss has "grown frustrated due to his philosophical differences" with Senior VP/Major League Operations & Assistant GM Bill Geivett and the club's "unusual front office structure." Sources said that Weiss is "not looking to leave" the Rockies, but his dissatisfaction "reflects the growing sense in the industry that the organization is reaching a breaking point." Geivett "maintains an office in the clubhouse," while Exec VP, Chief Baseball Officer & GM Dan O'Dowd continues to "oversee all baseball operations" (FOXSPORTS.com, 7/21).
GO BIG OR GO HOME: In Phoenix, Dan Bickley writes the D-Backs "need a total overhaul from top to bottom," as well as "better infrastructure, with more competent people in charge of coaching and player development." There is pressure on D-Backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa to "do something big and he likes it that way." Many fans are "expecting genius" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/24).
FRIAR SALE: CBS Sports Network's Doug Gottlieb said of the many recent transactions by the Padres, "They don't have a GM. They're trying to get rid of salaries from the previous GM, that's why they traded their closer to the Angels and why they traded Chase Headley to the Yankees." Gottlieb: "Grab a bucket, throw water on the fire. This is a fire sale" ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 7/23).
CALLING COOPERSTOWN: In Atlanta, Chris Vivalamore reported the Braves will open the Turner Field gates at 1:00pm ET for Sunday's 5:05pm game against the Padres, and the Baseball HOF induction ceremony "will be shown on the stadium scoreboard." Fans in attendance will receive a "commemorative poster" featuring incoming HOFers Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 7/22).