DENVER -- Longtime Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd and director of major league operations Bill Geivett resigned and senior director of player development Jeff Bridich was promoted to replace O'Dowd, the team announced Wednesday morning.
Bridich, the third general manager in Rockies history, was formally introduced at a news conference at a Wednesday afternoon.
“First of all I want to thank Dan and Bill for their years of commitment to the Rockies organization,” Rockies owner/chairman and CEO Dick Monfort said in a statement. “They have been friends and colleagues, and their families have been a part of the Rockies family, for a very long time.”
Bridich, 37, has been in the Rockies' front office the past 10 seasons in the baseball operations department. He had been in his previous position the past three years and before that, he was the senior director of baseball operations from 2006 to 2011. He played baseball at Harvard before graduating in 2000.
Fox Sports baseball writer Ken Rosenthal first reported the resignations of O'Dowd and Geivett. Thomas Harding of MLB.com first reported Bridich's promotion.
“We are very fortunate to have an extremely bright, energetic and talented group of individuals currently within our own organization that are ready and eager to utilize their skills and experience,” Monfort said. “I know Jeff is anxious to begin working on the goal of putting a championship team on the field that the Rockies staff, our fans and our region deserve.”
Still many fans and sports reporters questioned why there was no national search for a new GM.
“If this is a case where O’Dowd’s right-hand man had few opportunities to author any changes in personnel over the years, then this could be a good thing for the club,” said Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan’s Sandy Clough.
Scott Hastings also of The Fan said, “This could be just more of the same!”
Fans like Christine Voss, who wrote the club in July and was taken out to breakfast by team reps, called this a "great day for the team" as well, but also is concerned about picking someone from within the organization.
O'Dowd had been the Rockies' general manager since late in the 1999 season, and his tenure was highlighted by the team's magical run to the 2007 World Series and the National League wild card in 2009. But the team had only four winning seasons during his 15 years and finished fourth or fifth in the National League West 11 times.
The Rockies were 1,129-1,302 (.464) with O'Dowd as general manager, with only Baltimore (.456), Pittsburgh (.441) and Kansas City (.435) posting worse records during that time.
Baltimore and Kansas City will meet in the American League Championship Series beginning Friday, and Pittsburgh, under former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, has made the postseason each of the past two years.
The Rockies have not had a winning season since 2010, going 277-371 the past four seasons, including 66-96 this season, the second-most losses in club history. The 2012 team lost 98 games.
Geivett had been with the Rockies since 2000, becoming director of major league operations in 2012 during the last front-office reorganization that also made O'Dowd chief baseball officer.