Jeff Bridich named general manager of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies and general manager Jeff Bridich have agreed to part ways with 21 games in the 2021 season, the team announced Monday.
Bridich’s departure comes after he was widely criticized for trading All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals and the Rockies currently holding the worst National League record, at 8-13 .
The separation is effective immediately, the Rockies said. In addition to the role of general manager, Bridich has also served as executive vice president of the club.
Greg Feasel, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the team, has been named the new team president and chief operating officer and will oversee baseball and business operations, including helping to facilitate the this year’s All-Star Game at Coors Field. The Rockies will appoint an interim GM for the remainder of the 2021 season and seek a permanent GM after the playoffs.
Bridich had been General Manager since October 2014, but previously served as Senior Director of Player Development for the Rockies, Senior Director of Baseball Operations and within the team’s baseball department.
The Rockies made playoff appearances under Bridich in 2017 and 2018, winning 87 and 91 regular season games in the respective years, but losing early in the playoffs.
The team continued their 2018 91-72 regular season, in which they finished a game in first place in the NL West, with a 71-91 performance in 2019 and a 26-34 record in the season shortened from last year.
Fan thoughts about him deteriorated even faster after the 20`19 season, when Arenado called Bridich “very disrespectful” and said he wondered if the organization was trying to rebuild itself around him and of his long-term contract. Bridich has also been criticized for large signings of unsuccessful free agent relief launches.
In a grueling press conference after the exchange, Bridich said he could be blamed for Arendo’s trade. Owner Dick Monfort said he “would probably feel the same way” about the way the team handled Arenado and the trade.
Bridich released a statement Monday afternoon thanking Monforts for his 17 years with the team.
“After recent conversations with Dick and Greg Feasel regarding the organization and its future, it has become very clear that the inauguration of a new leadership structure is of critical importance. With that in mind, we’ve come to this decision to go our separate ways, and that will ultimately be what’s best for the Rockies and for me. Change can be good for an organization and for the people who make it up.
“Dick has a clear vision for the Rockies, and after almost 7 seasons as GM, I believe it’s time for someone else to help drive that vision. Working in professional baseball isn’t just a job, it’s a 24 hour lifestyle. There are countless people in the Rockies organization who are committed to this lifestyle, and I want to. to thank all of these people for their volume of work, their concern and concern for one another and their collective belief in the organization.
“Finally, a big THANK YOU to the Rockies fans for loving our players and for consistently supporting the team every day.”
Monfort said in a statement that he, Bridich and Feasel had come to an agreement over the past week it would be better if Bridich resigned. Read Monfort’s full statement below:
“I am saddened by this, but I have accepted the fact that we have to move on. Jeff has dedicated the last 17 years of his life to this organization. He was a great Rockie and was a part of many memorable moments, including serving as GM of our first straight playoff appearances in 2017 and 2018. I am grateful for his leadership, professionalism and hard work. I wish Jeff and his family the best
“I am delighted to appoint Greg as our team president. We appreciate the focus and structure he provided to daily operations, and I have no doubts that he will bring that same leadership to baseball. Right now we’re working hard to appoint an interim GM as quickly as possible and get back to postseason baseball. “