Rockies’ front office has no immediate plans to discuss state of franchise

By | November 11, 2020

In a reversal of what the organization did a year ago, there are no plans in place for Rockies owner Dick Monfort or general manager Jeff Bridich to talk to the media about the state of the team heading into the off-season.

It’s traditional in baseball for management to talk about the team’s plans for the off-season once the World Series is over. Reporters were initially told Bridich would have a news conference but that did not happen. This week the Rockies media relations department said Bridich won’t talk to reporters until the club has news to announce regarding players, staff or coaching moves.

Bridich is the only GM in the majors who has not talked to reporters about the 2020 season or about what the club’s expectations are for the offseason.

At the end of the 2019 season, the Rockies’ approach was much different.

On Oct. 1, 2019, two days after the end of a 71-91 season, Monfort, Bridich and manager Bud Black met with media at Coors Field in a session that lasted 80 minutes. The club announced that the event was something it planned to do every year.

“Somebody came up with the idea that we should do something like this,” Monfort said in his opening remarks. “We didn’t want to call it a press conference, even though it feels, looks and acts like a press conference. It’s an end-of-season summary — or something like that.”

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This year, of course, has been very different. The coronavirus pandemic cut the season to 60 games and the Rockies stumbled badly after a hot start, finishing 26-34 and failing to be one of the eight National League teams to qualify for the playoffs.

There are major decisions facing the Rockies, not the least of which is the relationship between the organization and star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who signed an eight-year, $260 million deal prior to the 2019 season. Arenado, who was the subject of trade talks last winter, can opt out of his contract after the 2021 season.

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