MLB franchises need to understand the value of sustainability.
To create a successful project that can be sustainable over time, patience is needed.
Success doesn’t come overnight, especially in baseball.
The Colorado Rockies, sadly, have become the perfect example of what not to do as a baseball franchise.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, citing Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the Rockies fired director of research and development Scott Van Lenten just six months after hiring him away from the Washington Nationals.
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Apparently, there were “major disagreements” between Van Lenten and the organization about his role.
The most likely scenario, without having the whole details about what happened, is that Van Lenten tried to work without restrictions and implement his philosophy, and the Rockies didn’t like it.
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The question is, then, why hire him in the first place only to fire him only six months after bringing him in?
It doesn’t make any sense.
Well, the Rockies seldom make any sense.
Assistant general manager Zack Rosenthal will be in charge of the Rockies’ R&D department in the meantime, but Colorado is expected to look for a replacement for Van Lenten.
Per Danielle Allentuck of the Denver Gazette, the team currently has five employees in its R&D department, and most of them were hired by Van Lenten.
They are obviously not in good place with the start of spring training looming, hopefully, pending a resolution of the MLB – Players Association conflict.
It appears that the franchise, once on the right path to revert its awful public perception, is once again being criticized because of its questionable decisions.