Bill Schmidt is the Rockies’ new general manager. At least for now.
The club announced Monday that Bill Schmidt will replace Jeff Bridich on an interim basis. Bridich resigned April 26 after seven years as the boss of the Rockies’ front office.
The Rockies said they will hire a permanent GM at the end of the current season.
“After discussions with the baseball department heads, we have come to the conclusion that Bill is the right person for interim GM,” team president Greg Feasel said in a statement. “Bill’s experience and his relationships from top to bottom throughout our organization, including the players, coaches and staff on the field, more than qualify him for this role.”
Feasel was promoted to president on the same day that Bridich resigned. Promoting Schmidt was Feasel’s first major decision in his new role.
Schmidt began directing the Rockies’ scouting department on Oct. 1, 1999 and was named vice president of scouting on Jan. 2, 2007.
Schmidt joined Colorado after a stint in the Cleveland Indians’ front office, where he served from 1995-99 as a national crosschecker. Prior to that, Schmidt supervised the scouting of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada regions for the New York Yankees (1988-95).
Schmidt will have a lot on his plate and faces some immediate issues. All-star shortstop Trevor Story, right-handed starter Jon Gray and right-handed reliever Mychal Givens are all due to become free agents. It makes sense for the Rockies to trade them for prospects before the end of July and invest in the future.
Plus, the draft will be held in mid-July and Schmidt will likely be a big part of that.
This is breaking news and will be updated.
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