Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/2/12

The Colorado Rockies reorganized their front office hours before losing 9-6 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, their fifth consecutive loss on the current homestand and seventh in a row at home.

Dan O'Dowd remains the general manager, but Bill Geivett, who had been a key adviser to O'Dowd with the title of senior vice president of scouting and player development and assistant general manager, will now focus solely on the major league team. He is now the senior vice president of major league operations.

Geivett will have an office next to that of manager Jim Tracy at Coors Field. Because of his far-flung duties, Geivett said he had seen 18 Rockies games before Wednesday but said he would see them all until the end of the season.

The Rockies are 37-65 and steaming toward 100 losses for the first time in their 20-year history. Owner Dick Monfort was asked why he thinks the team's new structure in the front office will work better than the way 29 other clubs are operating.

"I don't know how 29 other clubs are doing it. I really don't care," Monfort said. "And I don't know that it's unconventional. We happen to have a guy with tremendous assets both on the field and upstairs. I don't know if 29 other clubs have a Bill Geivett."

Geivett will work directly with the manager, coaching staff, training staff, video operations and everyone associated with the daily operation of the big-league team.

In light of the Rockies' disastrous season, Monfort realizes the disgruntled fan base wants to see more changes than those announced, specifically letting some key employees go. But Monfort is more interested in creating a better system and process going forward than fan unrest.

"People talk about accountability, and they want this person or that person to take the accountability -- I am taking the accountability," Monfort said. "There was not one major thing that has happened over the last couple of years that I didn't agree 100 percent with. I know it's easy for people to say, 'You've got to get rid of somebody.' But the fact is getting rid of somebody doesn't change the issues. It doesn't change the fact that maybe we don't have the proper focus in areas."

Geivett will still answer to O'Dowd, who will still make trades and be responsible for personnel moves and take input from Geivett, as he has since Geivett joined the organization after the 2000 season. O'Dowd was hired in September 1999.

Under the new structure, O'Dowd will spend more time on player development and the minor leagues and on scouting. He is looking to create a director of pitching operations position, which he will fill with a veteran baseball man with a strong pitching background who will have control of pitching throughout the organization.

"He's going to be someone whose focus in life is pitching," O'Dowd said "We have 20 years of history of pitching in Denver, and what it has shown us is the conventional system doesn't work. We have to be willing to explore other areas, look for something that might seem unique, but something that will work in our situation."

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