This hash tag has recently been trending in the Rockies’ twitter world. #Roadto100 represents the chance the Rockies will lose a franchise record 100 or more games this season. The Rockies have come close to 100 losses before with 94 and 95, but have never quite eclipsed the mark.
With a 15-27 record, 4-16 in May, the outcry from fans has begun, and for good reason. Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Rockies fans were fed the message from Dan O' Dowd that the clubhouse needed an attitude adjustment. The clubhouse was overhauled and the product on the field was promoted to be different from previous years.
While the model certainly changed from build from within to veteran players who had the mental toughness O’ Dowd was looking for, the results have not been any different; in fact, this season is shaping out to be even worse than what fans have witnessed through the years.
Let’s assume the Rockies do go on to lose 100 games this season. Will that be enough to make the organization set forth an overhaul within the coaching staff and Dan O’ Dowd? Don’t get your hopes up.
If you saw owner Dick Monfort’s comments yesterday, then you can understand why such pessimism is out in the open. Dick Monfort said that he understands the fans want to see blood and how they need a fall guy.
They don’t want blood, they just want a winning team and to see evidence that the franchise itself wants to win.
There is a bigger issue with Monfort’s comments. Dan O’ Dowd is not just a fall guy. He is the face of all the scouting decisions that have slowly made the walls come crumbling down on the franchise. Just look at the complete failure of Generation-R, sure, you can point to the 2007 World Series run, but that was a rarity and the Rockies have not been able to even come close to another World Series since.
Look at the failure to draft pitchers that actually make it to the majors. What’s even more concerning are the pitchers who have come up from the minors who all seem to regress. Most recently Rex Brothers, who was one of the best pitchers O’ Dowd has drafted, was sent back down to work on his sporadic command. Of course, every young pitcher isn’t going to immediately adjust to pitching in the big leagues; however, you can count on two hands how many pitchers that O’ Dowd has drafted, that have made a start in the majors.
The final slap in the face to Rockies fans was in the same Denver Post article, where Dick Monfort praised Dan O’ Dowd saying "I can't think of a general manager in baseball that's as good as him.”
Are you kidding me?
Since Dan O’ Dowd took over as general Manager in 1999, the Rockies have not won a division title, they have been 4th or worst in the NL West, which is considered one of the worst divisions in baseball, eight times. I can’t think of any GM who is more valuable to his organization….Andrew Friedman anyone?
The criticism of Jim Tracy is understandable and warranted. His inconsistent lineups and over management of games has cost the Rockies plenty of contests, but the bigger concern is how this team is constantly missing on talent in the draft.
Will 100 losses be enough for the franchise to clean house? I wouldn’t get my hopes up.