DENVER (AP) — Jeff Bridich is stepping down as general manager of the Colorado Rockies, ending a tumultuous tenure that included two playoff appearances and a falling out with Nolan Arenado that ultimately led to the star third baseman’s offseason trade.
The Rockies announced Monday that the decision was a mutual agreement with Bridich, who was in his seventh season as GM. The team will appoint an interim general manager for the rest of the season before launching a search following the postseason.
Bridich said in a statement that he recently had a conversation with owner Dick Monfort and newly appointed team President Greg Feasel about the team’s future.
“It became abundantly clear that ushering in a new leadership structure is critically important,” Bridich said. “With that in mind we arrived at this decision to part ways, and ultimately it will be what is best for the Rockies and for me. Change can be a great thing for an organization and for the individuals who comprise it. Dick has a clear vision for the Rockies, and after nearly seven seasons as General Manager I believe it is time for someone else to help lead that vision.”
The Harvard-educated Bridich joined the organization in 2004 and rose through the ranks. He was named senior director of baseball operations in ‘06 and later held the position of senior director of player development. He was promoted to general manager in October 2014.
Under Bridich, the club made the playoffs as a wild card in 2017 and ‘18. It’s the only time in franchise history the Rockies have made back-to-back postseason appearances.
And this seemed to signal another big commitment to winning: The Rockies locked up Arenado — the face of the franchise — with a $260 million, eight-year deal in February 2019. But it didn’t take long for…