Via Baseball America -
[Rockies General Manager Dan] O’Dowd said studies of payroll models show a club like the Rockies will win 2.7 times in 10 years. Since O’Dowd became general manager in September 1999, the Rockies have reached the postseason twice—in 2007 when they began an improbable surge in mid-September that carried them to the World Series, and in 2009 when the climb was steadier after Jim Tracy replaced Clint Hurdle as manager in late May. In addition to those years, the Rockies also finished above .500 in 2000 and 2010.
But in their 20 years of existence, the Rockies are the only NL West club to have never won a division title. They have finished 20 or more games behind eight times, including each of the past two seasons with a combined record of 137-187. O’Dowd has been frustrated by the franchise’s wide swings and would like to even out the vast peaks and valleys that result from playing at Coors Field. He’s convinced it’s not a ballpark conducive to traditional thinking, and any model for success there is going to require creativity and adaptability.
They’ve tried so many things to normalize play in Colorado now. At some point, do they just have to pull up stakes and move the franchise to another state? I know that it’s a beautiful part of the country. And, Mike Hampton says the schools are really nice.
Of course, the catch here is that they draw 2,600,000 fans a season even in a year where the team stinks. And, that’s why they will never move…as long as attendance is that good.
But, the fact of the matter is that they have played 20 seasons there now and only twice have they had more than 83 wins in a season. And, a lot of that has to do with their ballpark. At some point, you have to give up trying to make that work, no?