Bill Schmidt, Rockies interim GM, doesn’t foresee “rebuild,” wants job full time – The Denver Post
Rockies interim general manager Bill Schmidt is a man of few words, but he was clear about a number of things Wednesday:
* He is interested in becoming the long-term GM.
* While he realizes the Rockies have things that need fixing, he doesn’t think the team needs “rebuilding.”
* One of his primary tasks will be to improve communication inside the offices at 20th and Blake. As Schmidt put it, “Get everybody pulling on the rope in the same direction. Not only the players but the whole organization.”
* He said understands the bottom line. “At the end of the day, I realize we need to win games.”
Schmidt, 61, met with media for the first since being named the interim GM on Monday. He took over for Jeff Bridich, who resigned on April 26. Schmidt has been the point man for the Rockies’ draft since 2000 and had been scouting director since 2007.
Wednesday, he spoke like a man who has a lot of faith in the franchise and a lot invested in it.
“There’s a lot of good people, first and foremost, that are involved with the Colorado Rockies,” Schmidt said. “So we’ve just got to get back to the process where there’s trust and communication.”
In the wake of Bridich’s resignation, the Rockies announced that they will hire a permanent GM at the end of the season. Owner Dick Monfort and newly-appointed team president Greg Feasel are expected to look outside the organization, but Schmidt wants the job.
“I have aspirations of having the job full time and hopefully I’ll do a good enough job that Dick and Greg will give me consideration going forward,” Schmidt said.
The Rockies entered Wednesday’s game against San Francisco with an 11-19 record, the worst in the National League. Since starting off the truncated 2020 season with an 11-3 record, the Rockies have gone 26-50.
Plus, the roster has a lot of question marks. Three key players — all-star shortstop Trevor Story, right-handed starter Jon Gray and right-handed reliever Mychal Givens — are scheduled to become free agents. And, of course, star third baseman Nolan Arenado was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in February.
Schmidt, however, insisted that the Rockies are not tearing things down and starting from scratch.
“I wouldn’t use the term ‘rebuild,’ ” he said. “I think there are some pieces here that are going to help us going forward. We are always going to be a draft, sign, and develop organization. That’s who we are.”
Regarding the futures of Story and Gray, Schmidt said, “We will address that at the appropriate time, and now is not the appropriate time.”
Schmidt said he has not yet talked with Story, or his agent, about a possible long-term deal with Colorado.
When the time comes to make possible trades, Schmidt said he would be the one talking to other teams, adding: “I’ll bring things to Dick and Greg, at the appropriate time. I’ll be doing the day-to-day operations.”
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