January 31, 2007 12:00 AM
Move the Monforts
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.