In short, here is what happened. Yahoo! Sports is covering all 30 Major League Baseball teams, taking a look at what they have done this offseason and how things look for them in 2013. The Colorado Rockies were up on Sunday.
Jeff Passan obliterated them. He focused his criticism on the front office.
There might have been a time when I would have been upset by this. I would have jumped to the defense of my team. Like many Rockies fans I’m sure, I am now jaded enough that my reaction to this article was nothing more than an indifferent “meh.”
Who am I to argue with criticism of the front office? They are not far from ruining this team, and yet they still strut around with their chests puffed out like they have done nothing wrong and the rest of us lay people wouldn’t understand how difficult their jobs are. In that vein, I am happy to see a national baseball writer tee off on the Monforts, Dan O’Dowd, and Bill Geivett.
I will nit pick a couple of his points in defense of the Rockies:
Passan bashes the one year contract that the team gave new manager Walt Weiss. He argues that, in this miserable context, it shows no faith in Weiss as the man for the job. I would just point out that Weiss says he is comfortable with it, and his personality is straight forward enough for me to take him at his word.
He criticizes their lack of activity this offseason, especially in terms of trades. I think that criticism is premature. There might still be moves coming, and I do not want to see them trade the likes of Dexter Fowler or Michael Cuddyer simply for the sake of making a trade. Let’s give this one more time.
Finally, Passan is quick to dismiss the lack of young pitching talent, calling Tyler Anderson and Edwar Cabrera “low-upside” prospects. I believe they have more upside than that, and the jury is still out on pitchers like Tyler Chatwood, Christian Friedrich, and even Drew Pomeranz. I am not saying, by any means, that I happy with the organization’s recent inability to develop young pitching. But we need to still let this wave of pitchers have more time before we pan them as another failure in that regard.
All in all, Passan paints an appropriately dismal picture. If it does not change, the Rockies will seriously challenge the old cliche that “hope springs eternal.”