Fans ask about change at the top – The Denver Post

Fans ask about change at the top – The Denver Post

Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders with the latest installment of his Rockies Mailbag.

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Love your work, Patrick. In an alternate reality where Jeff Bridich isn’t general manager for life, should the Rockies consider hiring Jeff Luhnow, the former Astros GM who oversaw their burn-it-all-down approach that eventually resulted in a (tainted) World Series championship?

— Greg, Estes Park

Greg, there is no way the Rockies would ever hire Luhnow and I’m not sure anyone else will in the near future. Although Luhnow recently denied — again — that he had anything to do with the sign-stealing scandal. I don’t believe he’s telling the truth. How does a GM not know about something like that? And if he didn’t know, he should have.

OK, off my soapbox and back to your main point. You call it the “burn-it-all-down approach,” while I call it tanking. I don’t think the Rockies would ever go as low as the Astros did, in large part because owner Dick Monfort still wants fans to come to Coors Field. The Astros lost more than 100 games in three consecutive seasons: 106 in 2011; 107 in 2012; and 111 in 2013. I don’t see that happening here.

Having said that, could there be a rebuild in LoDo? Sure, especially if the Rockies lose both Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story over the next year. Then again, with German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela and Kyle Freeland, the Rockies believe they have three solid starters to build around. The bottom line: the Rockies’ way will not be the Astros’ way.

By the way, if you want to read a really compelling story, consider this: “The author of ‘Astroball’ reconsiders the Astros and the dark side of ruthless efficiency,” by the Washington Post’s Ben Strauss.

Patrick, after a close, careful, observation of the Rockies since 1993 as an original season ticket holder, I have come to the conclusion that the Rockies franchise is the Talking Heads concert film and album “Stop Making Sense” come to life. The lyrics on that album perfectly match. “Once in a Lifetime”: 2007 World Series. “I can’t seem to face up to the facts”: Failure to appreciate analytics. “I got a girlfriend that’s better than that”: Any prospect the Rockies have ever developed. “Stop making sense, making sense”: Signing Daniel Murphy after the failure of Ian Desmond. “My house is out of the ordinary”: Continually pumping up the Coors Field experience. “Burning down the house”: The Nolan Arenado-Jeff Bridich mess. I could go on. Prove me wrong!

— Jim Noland, Westminster

Jim, I’m not going to prove you wrong. And, normally, I don’t include “rants” such as yours in my mailbag. However, you went to great effort and showed some real creativity, so here it is. Plus, as an original season ticket holder, your voice matters.

It appears as though there will be no hot stove season for the Rockies. Owner Dick Monfort all but came out and said that he was slamming his wallet shut in his letter to season ticket holders. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves, is there any hope for the future of this franchise?

— Jackie, Denver 

Jackie, for those who missed Monfort’s letter, they can find it in my recent story.

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