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January 31, 2007 12:00 AM

Move the Monforts

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The Rockies have more than their share of troubles but the real problem on Blake Street are the owners. They can no longer afford to own the Rockies and fans can longer afford to remain silent about the direction this franchise is headed. It has reached a critical point. What the Monforts attempted to do in the past few weeks in regard to Todd Helton was beyond ludicrous. Never mind that Helton has not played as well these past few seasons and that there is young talent on the horizon waiting to take his place. Set that aside for a minute. What the Monforts were trying to do was reduce a payroll that currently is around $55 million. Dump a good portion of Helton's salary and the Monforts were content to field a team with a payroll significantly less than $55 million. Think about that for a minute. They were trying to get the payroll even lower than the scrimpy one they currently are adhering to. In other words...THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO OWN THE FRANCHISE. It's as simple as that.
Until Rockies fans insist on better representation at the highest levels of the franchise this team will most likely toil in mediocrity. The current situation is not Clint Hurdle's fault. It isn't Dan O'Dowd's fault. The problem lies squarely on ownership who keep trying to play hardball on a softball budget. Until that changes expect to see Matt Holliday walk at the end of the season, Garrett Atkins flee when his contract is up and every other promising Rockie take their first chance at a decent payday and a quick exit.
This isn't because Helton is taking too much of the operating budget. This is a case of the operating budget being too small to afford Helton.
My question today is who do the Rockies really belong to ? The Monforts ? Or the fans who have loyally supported this team and can take matters into their own hands and force a change.
The answer is up to you.

Drew



Discussion

  • January 31, 2007

    8:09 AM

    Marc writes:

    Agreed!

  • January 31, 2007

    8:14 AM

    Chris from Littleton writes:

    It sure is too bad that the Rockies owners are not in it to win. All three other major sports franchises (and some minor ones too) have made major investments in the teams with the goal of winning. The result? Two super bowls and two Stanley Cups plus lacrosse and AFL championships as well.

    And don't blame it on the market either. A team doesn't have to be in New York or Boston to be competitive. To see Florida and Arizona both win World Series tells me that it can be done.

    The Rockies are a long way from being the Cubs, but I, for one, don't want it to get that bad. Let's get some owners who want to win.

  • January 31, 2007

    8:22 AM

    Julia Cook writes:

    Where can I get the bumper sticker?! I have one recommended change though - "Keep Helton, trade the Monforts and O'Dowd!"

  • January 31, 2007

    10:55 AM

    Rob writes:

    You want the Rockies to be like the Marlins? Where the owner buys a World Series winner every 5 years or so so you have the right to buy an overpriced victory shirt, and then sell off the players for the possibility of selling more victory shirts 5 years down the road? Why don't you just go down to the sports store and have them print up a Rockies World Champs shirt for ya now and save yourselves the grief. I've seen you all complain about the Yankees and Red Sox so don't be surprised if nobody believes you all really want the change.

  • January 31, 2007

    11:49 AM

    Craig writes:

    I couldn't agree more with this toon, Drew. I want to be a Rockies fan so bad, but with the way the Monforts aren't even trying...I feel like my fanship should be on hold until the day they announce that they are selling the team. Why should I try to follow them when the ownership isn't trying to win?

  • January 31, 2007

    5:26 PM

    Dwayne writes:

    Give Charlie credit, he did grow some balls, and not just give Helton away. But really, can someone who loves baseball, has deep pockets, and wants to win please...PLEASE buy the Rockies.

  • January 31, 2007

    9:22 PM

    Tom writes:

    See though....the Monforts don't care. As long as tens of thousands of people continue to show up at the park, they're happy.
    It'll only be when the fans boycot the team and either have a mass walk out (and stay away for good) or just don't even bother showing up in the first place that anything will be done.
    Can you imagine for a moment....the Rockies and X team playing a game in an EMPTY stadium.
    It gets better. Wouldn't the game actually have to be played in full to satisfy the demands of the advertisers and television viewers at home?
    That would be funny as hell. Come on Rockies fans. Make this happen. Just one game....don't show up at all. What a hoot that would be.

  • February 1, 2007

    10:08 AM

    Rob writes:

    They stayed away all the time in Montreal and it took forever before they moved to washington. They'd be more likely to be voted out of the league and payed to leave. Maybe that's what they're going for.

  • February 1, 2007

    11:37 AM

    Crash writes:

    Not only should the Monforts sell the team to someone who is committed to putting a quality product on the field, the new owners should change the team's name. These Colorado Rockies have become a clone of the original Rockies hockey team, especially when it comes to ownership and management.

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