The Rockies have removed the “interim” tag from Bill Schmidt, as Schmidt will officially take over the party’s front office as the new general manager. One week after the resignation of former general manager Jeff Bridich, Schmidt has been serving as interim GM since May 3.
The club has announced the promotion of two more internal executives. Danny Montgomery went from special assistant to GM’s new Minted vice president and assistant scouting GM, while assistant GM Jack Rosenthal added the title of vice president to his current responsibilities.
“After five months as our interim general manager, it became increasingly clear that Bill was the right person to take this franchise forward.Rocks President / COO Greg Fitzgerald said in a press release. “We already knew Bill in the game as a loyal and respected baseball professional. He came into a challenging situation and quickly made an impact on and off the field. Bill’s promotion gives the organization the opportunity to give leadership roles to two experienced individuals, Danny and Jack, which will be important in taking us to the next level.”
At the time of Bridich’s departure, the Rockies announced that there would be a massive search for a new GM / president of baseball operations after the season, although the club has now decided to stay with a familiar face. Schmidt has been working in various scouting capacities in Colorado since October 1999 and has been managing the Rocky’s Draft since 2000. Schmidt was promoted to VP of Scouting in 2007, a position he held until he became interim GM. Prior to joining the Rocks, Schmidt also worked with the Reds and Yankees as a scout and minor-league coach, as a minor-league coach with the Brewers, and as Cleveland’s national cross-checker.
Schmidt’s appointment is an old-school move, as teams are generally leaning towards older and analytically front-line officials rather than older, more established baseball lifters in recent years. Schmidt is widely respected around baseball, and his appointment will surely be appreciated by many of his colleagues who are pleased to see him finally get a shot to run a big league organization.
But it’s fair to wonder if Rockies fans are so enthusiastic. Prior to being hired as GM in 2012, Bridich was a long-time front-office employee, and Schmidt’s (and even Montgomery and Rosenthal promotions) appointments reflected more continuity within an organization that many fans and pundits believe is a need-stirring one. Owner Dick Manfort is known to be very loyal to his staff – probably for a fault, since Rockies’ insulation has been cited as a major factor in Colorado since the Monfort brother became the majority owner in 2005.
Thanks to a crushing start to 19-34, the Rockies will end below the .500 mark this season, despite a respectable 55-51 mark from May 30th. Stand pat on trade deadlines, only remove Michelle Givens Despite the number of upcoming free agents (especially Trevor Story) And John Gray) on the roster. The Rockies is designed to gray-sign again, while the story is as good as it gets, but Colorado has not found any acceptable trade offers, so It was decided to pick a draft by keeping the story and proposing the minimum qualifications.
Schmidt now faces a high order to get the Rockies on track, considering possible free-agent losses, a farm arrangement The impact is seen as a lack of talent, and forever solid NL West. It will be interesting to see how Schmidt’s approach differs from that of Bridich, who relied heavily on free agency to run his rice and did not swing many big businesses (except to remove the long-standing stars). Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki) during his tenure as GM.