Just curious, but how can anyone honestly say that O'Dowd shouldn't be fired? I agree that Tracy probably needs to go, but he was dealing with the team that O'Dowd put together.
Signing Tulo and Cargo in the long-term is great. However, what did O'Dowd do to help the Rockies win in 2011? We brought in a bunch of scrubs in FA and made a couple trades for pitchers that weren't anything special. The only deal that looks good is getting Matt Lindstrom.
Ty Wigginton basically replaced Melvin Mora, and Mora was much more productive in 2010 than Wigginton was this year. They basically replaced Olivo with Iannetta... I know Olivo dropped off in the second half, but the dude was hitting over .300 for much of the season.
No significant off-season acquisitions were made. If anything, the roster was weakened because of what I said above, and that too much faith was placed on Stewart, Fowler, and Smith.
Furthermore, trading Jimenez (while it looks to be a good move) to "reload the farm system" is an admittance of failure to develop talent. That falls right onto the GM and the scouts being to evaluate talent... He's essentially failed. That alone should be grounds for firing. Not to mention that he's been on the job for what, ten years?
On the flipside, I suppose the O'Dowd apologists would note that the Monforts really don't care all that much about winning when they draw 3 million fans a year... But that's another issue altogether.