The Colorado Rockies aren't messin' around.
Team manager Walt Weiss told reporters today that LaTroy Hawkins, who has blown his last two save opportunities -- including in devastating fashion to Dexter Fowler who was down to his last strike -- has been demoted from his role as closer.
If a closing opportunity arrives in today's game against the San Francisco Giants, feel-good story and one of the best relievers in team history Rafael Betancourt will get the baseball, per Weiss.
#Rockies Skip Walt Weiss has told LaTroy Hawkins he won't be in closer role for time being. Rafael Betancourt would lose today, then he ...— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) April 13, 2015
Harding, who meant "close" rather than "lose" in reference to his statement about Betancourt, finished by saying we should also expect to see Adam Ottavino, arguably the guy in the pen with the best stuff, get some closing opportunities in the future as well.
This move shows a continuation of an early trend of forward thinking this season from Weiss and Jeff Bridich.
You can add prioritizing numbers and a recognition of better options (Otto, Raffy) over interpersonal concerns to a list including: shifting, batting the pitcher eighth, batting our best hitter(s) second, letting starers go longer, parting ways with Jhoulys Chacin and optioning Rex Brothers.