Dan O’Dowd and Bill Geivett are out in Colorado


Dan O’Dowd and Bill Geivett are finally out as the general managers for the Colorado Rockies.

It was the unexpected news that gave you a little kick in your step on this Wednesday morning. As the Colorado Rockies prepare to embark on another off-season, they will have a new general manager in place. Here’s hoping it’s actually just one GM this time around.

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Dan O’Dowd and Bill Geivett are out.

This off-season promised no changes once again. It seemed like the Rockies were content once again to chalk their troubles up to injuries and bad luck and to proceed with the same plan for next season. That might have been true as recently as yesterday, and who knows what might have changed. Ken Rosenthal reported the news first that O’Dowd and Geivett were leaving their posts.

It is entirely unclear what happened behind the scenes here, but it is intriguing to consider. Did owner Dick Monfort actually initiate changes in the front office, encouraging his dear friends to step down so that he wouldn’t have to fire them? It could be, but that seems highly unlikely. Let’s presume that they stepped down on their own.

So did O’Dowd and Geivett step down because it was the noble thing to do? Did they leave their cushy, secure jobs because they wanted to take the high road after another bad season that had Rockies’ fans screaming for change? We’re getting warmer, but that also seems unlikely.

Is it possible that O’Dowd and Geivett stepped down because Monfort had gotten so heavy-handed that he wouldn’t let them do their jobs anymore? Not that any of us have a lot of faith in those guys anyway, but like manager Jim Tracy before them, O’Dowd and Geivett might have felt that it was no longer worth it when they were always operating with one hand tied behind their back.

This is good news. The Rockies were never going anywhere with these guys in charge. But given the bromance between Monfort and O’Dowd, this feels a little funny. It might be a piece of good news before a lot more bad news.

O’Dowd was with the Rockies for 15 seasons. Not to be outdone by much, Geivett had been with the Rockies 14 seasons, since the year 2000.

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