Shakeup at Rockies’ front office after 4th-straight losing season

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Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd and senior vice president Bill Geivett are leaving the front office after the team turned in a fourth straight losing season.

Jeff Bridich is taking over as general manager.

O'Dowd spent 15 seasons in charge of the Rockies, the highlight of which was an appearance in the 2007 World Series, where the team was swept by Boston. His power dwindled in recent years with the rise of Geivett, who was promoted to senior vice present of baseball operations in August 2012. He had an office next to manager Walt Weiss in the clubhouse.

The Rockies finished 66-96 and 28 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

"This was a tough season on the Rockies," AP baseball writer Pat Graham says. "They were in first place in May for one day, tied for it, and then never got there again and slid, slid slid all the way to the bottom. Only a late season run got them out of the cellar in the NL West."

Bridich has been the team's senior director of player development since 2011.

"We are not where we want to be," Bridich says. "We are not where we expect to be. We know that. But we do have people who are determined to get there. Make no mistake this organization wants to win. This organization is determined to win."

Bridich said he wasn’t ready yet to offer a blueprint on how to turn things around.

Although he's considered a protege of O'Dowd, Bridich says he'll bring his own ideas to his new job.