According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the quest for a new manager for the Colorado Rockies has a gigantic hurdle to overcome. An unidentified player quoted on condition of anonymity said "We are essentially being managed by the front office now."
This is probably in reference to the Rockies vice president of major league operations, Bill Geivett, and his expanded role in all baseball matters. This expansion of power led to a weakening of the manager's role and was probably the main reason why former manager Jim Tracy walked away from $1.4 million at the end of the season.
The Saunders article named another anonymous source that said that Tracy felt like he was looking over his shoulder while Geivett was implementing a new pitching strategy and ways to maintain the roster.
The anonymous player went on to say "I'm really wondering what kind of manager, I'm talking about a good manager, would come in here and accept this."
We know it will not be Terry Francona nor John Farrell.
Most likely, an experienced minor league manager looking for their first-ever big league shot at the helm would deal with talking orders from Geivett. Maybe they can call Chris Chambliss.
But whomever calls the shots from now on in Denver has to be lock step with the front office. Bench coach Tom Runnells once managed the Montreal Expos and his style was a little brash. Perhaps he has mellowed.
However, the need for someone to do the front office's bidding without much conflict might explain the Jason Giambi scenario.
According to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, Jason Giambi has impressed general manager Dan O'Dowd and owner Dick Monfort in his interview to be the new manager.
Giambi, who was an active part-time player in 2012, has no managing nor coaching experience of any kind. And at least publicly never seemed like he was cut from a manager's cloth.
If his former teammate Jorge Posada, or Jason Varitek, or Craig Counsell, or Tony Clark or anyone named Molina were named a manager, that would be understandable.
But Giambi always seemed like a frat boy. However, Giambi also had a reputation of being liked and likable.
Perhaps he will be a team player and pat his players on the back while taking orders from O'Dowd and Geivett.
To answer the anonymous player's question, chances are no good manager will come to Denver and deal with it there.
But Jason Giambi might be at least an entertaining one.
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