In the Rockpile: Rockies restructure front office; keep O’Dowd … for now

It appears Rockies owner and CEO Dick Monfort, right, is growing tired of GM Dan O’Dowd.

The 2012 rally cry from fans has been “Fire O’Dowd!” It hasn’t gained much traction in the Colorado Rockies organization, though, until today when it was announced that GM Dan O’Dowd will see more time tinkering with minor league players instead of the day-to-day operations at 20th and Blake. Assistant GM Bill Geivett will be taking on more responsibilities in the front office as the power structure of the Rockies will be modified.

I see this move as a precursor to owner Dick Monfort firing him silently in the offseason while the Broncos, Nuggets and Avalanche dominate sports news in Denver. O’Dowd should not and will not have a job after the conclusion of the World Series. I see his “focus” on the minor leagues — where the Rockies are depleted of talent — as a way to air out the stench in his office while he is on the road watching guys who will never play in the show. Dealin’ Dan’s time with Colorado is closing, and his firing will be a very welcome move, one that has taken far too long to happen.

Hopefully Monfort doesn’t screw the pooch on this by keeping him around for another go at sinking the ship to the bottom of the standings next season, with bad moves, no-moves and no balls.

Tulowitzki update

Troy Tulowitzki is taking batting practice. Hopefully he will be ready to return to the field soon to help the Rockies rally to avoid losing 100 games in a season. At this point, why bother? Tulo is a gamer and will be on the field, even if it’s to cross the century mark in losses. He and the others may not like it, but the Rockies are taking this on the chin and all the batters can do is just keep swinging.

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