PHOENIX — In a move expected for months, the Rockies announced on Saturday that Bill Schmidt is their new, permanent general manager.
The move continues the Rockies tradition of fostering critical front-office personnel from within.
Schmidt, 61, has become the fourth general manager in franchise history. He has served as interim general manager since 3 May, replacing Jeff Briditch, who resigned on 26 April. Schmidt previously headed the Rockies’ Scouting department since 1999.
Additionally, the Rockies also announced the promotion of Danny Montgomery to vice president and assistant general manager of Scouting, and the promotion of Jack Rosenthal to vice president and assistant general manager of baseball operations and assistant general manager.
“After five months as our interim general manager, it became increasingly clear that Bill was the right person to lead this franchise forward,” said Rockies President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Feustel in a statement. “We already knew Bill as a trusted and respected baseball professional within the game. He got into a challenging position and quickly influenced the game on and off the field.
“Bill’s promotion also gives the organization the opportunity to promote two veteran individuals, Danny and Jack, into leadership roles who will be instrumental in taking us to the next level.”
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