The Rockies have named senior director of player development Jeff Bridich their general manager after the resignation of Dan O'Dowd, according to reports from Thomas Harding of MLB.com and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Senior VP of major league options Bill Geivett is leaving the organization as well, according to reports.
The move ends the fifteen-year tenure of O'Dowd, who was named general manager of the Rockies in September 1999 and has led the team since then. In that time, the Rockies made it to the postseason on two occasions (2007, 2009), with their greatest success coming in 2007, when they appeared in their first and only World Series against the Red Sox. Colorado has stumbled over the past few seasons, and have only had four winning seasons out of the fifteen under O'Dowd.
Bridich, a 2000 Harvard graduate, will immediately take the reigns of the Rockies after more than nine years with the club. He was hired in December of 2004 after working in the Commissioner's office for almost four years, and has served as the Rockies' senior director of player development.
The Rockies are the fourth team to make a general manager switch this season, joining the Padres, Diamondbacks and Braves. San Diego hired A.J. Preller and Arizona hired Dave Stewart, while Atlanta has offered the full-time position to interim general manager John Hart.