Let’s make one thing very clear: No one in the front office or ownership of the Colorado Rockies believes the team is currently in rebuild mode.
That point was made time and time again during Tuesday morning’s end-of-season press gathering featuring Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort, general manager Jeff Bridich and manager Bud Black. This is a franchise that suffered through a bad season and can compete again for the National League postseason in 2020, the three men overseeing Colorado’s direction strong believe.
I was in the room when the three men spoke at chilly Coors Field on Tuesday and have listened to their comments several times both in-person and on replay (several times). There are a few moments that stand out to me about the 80-minute wide-ranging question-and-answer session that touched on everything from the use of analytics to Nolan Arenado‘s upcoming opt-out clause (after the 2021 season) to the new television contract extension announced the day after the Rockies finished off a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers to cap the 2019 campaign.
On the following pages, I want to share with you the five quotes that stood out to me the most as well as some analysis of what they mean for the franchise.