The Colorado Rockies have completed their GM search, and it doesn’t appear to have been a search at all. On Saturday, the team announced that Bill Schmidt will remove the interim tag and permanently assume the role of general manager. Schmidt has served as interim CEO since his predecessor Jeff Bridich stepped down in April.
“After five months as interim general manager, it became increasingly clear that Bill was the right person to lead this franchise,” Rockies president and CEO Greg Feasel said in a statement. . “We already knew Bill as a trusted and respected baseball professional in the game. He found himself in a tough spot and quickly made an impact on the game on and off the field.”
Schmidt joined the Rockies in October 1999 and has held various positions within the organization, including Vice President of Recruitment and Special Assistant to the General Manager. Prior to joining Colorado, Schmidt worked as a minor league coach as well as front office with the Yankees, Reds and Cleveland. He also spent time with the MLB Office of Scouting.
“I am very honored to be appointed General Manager and delighted to be able to work with (Assistant General Managers Danny Montgomery and Zack Rosenthal) and the rest of our baseball operations team,” Schmidt said in a statement. “The past five months have been important for our club, and we want our fans to know that as a group, our Baseball Operations team brings a new perspective, approach and energy to these roles. We will be working on it. had to provide a consistent winning club for our fans. “
Similar to Bridich, Schmidt was promoted from within after spending more than a decade with the organization, an approach that has drawn some criticism. The Rockies have only made the playoffs five times in franchise history (just nine winning seasons), and they seem to have a whole new set of eyes and ideas. Instead, they continue to promote from within without an exhaustive search for a new head of baseball operations.
Bridich traded Nolan Arenado ahead of this season and it is almost certain that Trevor Story will leave as a free agent this winter after Schmidt refused to trade him at the deadline. Right-hander Jon Gray is also a free agent. Colorado needs help all over the place, and a quick climb to contention in the tough NL West seems impossible.
To their credit, the Rockies played competitive baseball in the second half, going 34-34 since the all-star break. They were 40-52 in the first half.