The Denver Post came out strong toward the Colorado Rockies this weekend and suggested that it was time for General Manager Dan O’dowd to hit the bricks after a spotty 12 year run. It was a welcome sight considering that, other than a few columnists lobbing their own grenades at management over the years, the Rockies have been held to a standard by the print media that Snuggle the bear would find too soft.
But the odd thing about the editorial was that it was credited to “The Denver Post” and not one writer in particular. It was pointed out to us by the Denver Post Sports Twitter feed (@denversportsnews) that it was “written by the separate editorial board and printed in the Opinion section” which is the same strategy employed when endorsing a political candidate.
Fair enough, and as someone mentioned on Twitter after questioning this method, using the editorial board as opposed to a single writer, is supposed to carry more weight when taking the wayward baseball team down the several pegs it deserves.
It’s understood why the fine Rockies beat writer Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) can’t be the bearer of bad tidings to O’Dowd. He sees the team on a daily basis and can’t risk his relationship being even more strained. Mark Kizsla, a constant critic of the team and anything else he finds fun to complain about, would be written off as just more of his negative shtick. So it makes sense that the publication would publicly denounce the ideologically bankrupt O’Dowd regime as a united front.
But was this solely a move to protect its writers? Or was it a shot across the bow of the Rockies that famously leaked the story of Bob Apodaca’s “reassignment” to USA Today? That would seem logical because why else is the only newspaper in Denver even calling for the firing a baseball GM? Did they do the same with the Broncos when Josh McDaniels was running that team into the ground? I don’t remember the Post doing that and it was probably because the Broncos hadn’t disrespected the paper by leaking stories to national publications instead of their hometown mouthpiece.
Either way it’s great because we all get to enjoy the show. The Rockies brought this on themselves and are now feeling the walls closing in. And for the Post, we await your judgment on Avalanche coach Joe Sacco very soon.