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How Different is the Rockies Front Office?

As fans of the Rockies it is disturbing to watch the team lose. It is also frustrating to think the front office isn't doing anything to help make the team better. What often gets thrown around is the fact that Dick Monfort takes up the three of the top four seats in the executive box at Coors Field (Owner, CEO, and President) and Dan O'Dowd gets the fourth (General Manager). I, like so many people, have grown tired of not having someone with baseball acumen as the president of the team, but then I wonder what Keli McGregor had in those terms. Keli played professional football, not baseball, but he worked himself up the ranks of the team into the presidential position instead of coming from the top down.

This brings me to an interesting "study" I worked on the last couple days: What do the other 29 front offices look like? I found that a majority of the teams (23) have three different people listed as occupying the four positions (Owner, CEO, President, GM) while only 4 teams have four different executives. This leaves three teams, including the Rockies, with two executives in charge of the organization.*

The table below shows the different executives for each organization (last name only). The question becomes: What does this mean? I really don't think there is a right answer in ways to set up the front office if the right people are running it. Dombrowski in Detroit seems to be doing a very good job handling three positions meanwhile the Angels are struggling with four different executives running the club.

Team

Owner

CEO

President

GM

Angels

Moreno

Kuhl

Carpino

Dipoto

Astros

Crane

Crane

Ryan

Luhnow

Athletics

Wolff

Wolff

Crowley

Beane

Blue Jays

Lind

Beeston

Beeston

Anthopoulos

Braves

Liberty Media

McGuirk

Schuerholz

Wren

Brewers

Attanasio

Schlesinger

Melvin

Melvin

Cardinals

DeWitt Jr

DeWitt Jr

DeWitt III

Mozeliak

Cubs

Ricketts

Ricketts

Epstein

Hoyer

Diamondbacks

Kendrick

Hall

Hall

Towers

Dodgers

Walter

Kasten

Kasten

Colletti

Giants

Neukom

Baer

Baer

Sabean

Indians

L. Dolan

P. Dolan

Shapiro

Antonelli

Mariners

Nintendo

Lincoln

Armstrong

Zduriencik

Marlins

Loria

Loria

Hill

Jennings

Mets

Wilpon

Wilpon

Katz

Alderson

Nationals

Lerner

Gottlieb

Rizzo

Rizzo

Orioles

Angelos

Angelos

Duquette

Padres

Fowler

Dee

Dee

Byrnes

Phillies

Montgomery

Montgomery

Montgomery

Amaro Jr.

Pirates

Nutting

Nutting

Coonelly

Huntington

Rangers

Ryan

Daniels

Daniels

Rays

Sternberg

Silverman

Friedman

Reds

Castellini

Williams Jr.

Jocketty

Jocketty

Red Sox

Henry

Lucchino

Lucchino

Cherington

Rockies

Monfort

Monfort

Monfort

O'Dowd

Royals

David Glass

David Glass

Dan Glass

Moore

Tigers

Ilitch

Dombrowski

Dombrowski

Dombrowski

Twins

Pohlad

Pohlad

Peter

Ryan

White Sox

Reinsdorf

Reinsdorf

Einhorn

Hahn

Yankees

Steinbrenner

Steinbrenner

Levine

Cashman

Obviously the Rockies model hasn't been working and a lot of speculation has come out as to why. This table shows the Rockies are different, but not exclusive, in having three executive positions covered by only two people. I found this exercise interesting and I would love to know any other inferences you can draw from this table.

*As seen in the table the Cardinals and Royals have the Owner, CEO, and Presidential positions covered by family members (DeWitt and Glass respectively), but they are technically different people. The Indians have four different execs but two of them are family members (Dave and Peter Dolan). It should also be noted that the Marlins have Loria and he controls everything but his titles don’t indicate this.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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