Colorado Rockies: 3 moves that Rockies Twitter would make if they ran the show
Especially in recent years with the Colorado Rockies making the playoffs in 2017 and 2018 and the very quick fall from grace, our friends over on Rockies Twitter have definitely been vocal on things that they wish were to happen.
One of them happened nearly a month ago when Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich resigned from the team, effective immeadiately.
However, there’s a few things that we have seen recently and some that we have seen for a long time from those on Twitter. So here are three things that Rockies Twitter would seemingly like to do, if they ran the show.
Fire some of the Rockies coaches
Support for some of the Rockies coaches has been few and far between for years now.
The two main coaches that come under the most fire are hitting coach Dave Magadan and pitching coach Steve Foster.
Magadan has been the Rockies hitting coach since 2019 and the Rockies offense has taken a significant downturn since then. To be fair, when you have DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado leaving the team since Magadan came on, some struggles were expected but the Rockies hitting on the road, especially in 2021, has been unwatchable for many fans.
As Rox Pile’s Luke Mullins discussed this morning in this article, the Rockies are 29th in baseball in batting average on the road and they have also scored 23 fewer runs on the road than the next worse team in baseball.
For Foster, he has been the pitching coach since 2015, pre-dating manager Bud Black by two seasons. Under Foster’s watch, the starting rotation has seemingly figured out Coors Field but, in 2021, like the offense, they haven’t been able to figure out the away games, which is baffling.
The bullpen has been a big issue for years now and that’s partially when they fired former bullpen coach Darren Holmes and replaced him with Darryl Scott before the 2020 season. But the bullpen does fall under Foster’s watch as well.
Just finding some semblance of consistency has been very difficult for them as, for example, in 2020, Daniel Bard and Yency Almonte were the team’s best relievers and both have had major issues in 2021 (Almonte more than Bard).
Part of Magadan and Foster’s perceived issues would likely be alleviated by the second item on the list.
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Implement more analytics
The Rockies already had a very small analytics department in 2020 and it was widely regarded as being years behind many other teams in the industry. But this past offseason, many of them left the organization and many were, inexplicably, not replaced for 2021.
Why is there a Coors Field hangover for the Rockies on offense? We all know it is there, we all see that it’s there, but why is it there?
Bud Black won’t admit to there being a “Coors Field hangover” but at least for him, he has a good reason for it: the hangover is an excuse for his players to play poorly on the road … when, in theory, there should be no excuse for them to have two wins on the road entering the fourth week of May.
What pitchers pitch better at Coors Field? Which pitchers should the Rockies target in free agency or trades?
At least publicly, the Rockies seemed to be flying by the seat of their pants with some of the moves.
And that leads to the man making those moves.
Dick Monfort would, at bare minimum, not be involved in baseball operations
The man who “thinks he’s Theo Epstein” (subscription required) is not Theo Epstein. Theo Epstein won three World Series titles. Dick Monfort’s team hasn’t even won an NL West title.
Dick Monfort said in February that he has considered firing himself and with the way things have gone in the last 2+ years, he should probably heed that advice.
If Rockies Twitter could some how make him sell the team, they would do that but if they were running the show (aka being the President of Baseball Operations and/or the GM), they wouldn’t have that power. Only Monfort has the power to sell the team but the fans do have some power in that as well.