Colorado Rockies Managerial Search Is Delayed and Bizarre
Since the end of the 2012 season, there have been several managerial moves and changes throughout big league baseball.
The Boston Red Sox got rid of Bobby Valentine and brought in John Farrell. The Miami Marlins parted ways with Ozzie Guillen and said hello to Mike Redmond. Manny Acta's interim replacement for the Cleveland Indians, Sandy Alomar Jr., was not brought back as Terry Francona became the chief of the Tribe.
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Colorado Rockies managerial positions remain open. According to Fox Sports Arizona (via fannation.com), both Toronto and Colorado covet Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams to be their new manager. Bet on the Blue Jays making that hire.
Why? Because the Rockies' search for a manager is getting stranger and stranger.
Jim Tracy resigned at the end of the season, and as Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reported, the team's complicated front office and manager relationship will make it hard for good candidates to consider Denver as a landing spot.
Bill Geivett, the team's vice president of major league operations, has control over many day-to-day decisions that are normally left to the manager. Very few managers would probably want to enter a situation like that where their authority would be usurped.
As their search continues and more candidates are being hired, the Rockies do not seem to have much of a sense of urgency. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, the team might make a decision this week, but they need to work around general manager Dan O'Dowd's travel schedule.
With such a vital decision to be made, maybe O'Dowd's travels can work around the team's needs and not vice versa? And if he does have to be on the road, don't the members of the Colorado Rockies front office have iPhones or hand held devices to communicate?
The most frequent names associated with the Rockies' managerial position seem to be Jason Giambi, who has no coaching experience and was not known to be a great intellectual, Tom Runnells, who flopped horribly as the Expos manager two decades ago, and Walt Weiss, who is currently coaching high school.
Whoever will be the new manager of the Rockies is anyone's guess at this point. But three things look certain: It won't be their first choice, it won't be a typical choice and it won't be made today nor tomorrow.
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