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Dan O'Dowd has served as the General Manager of the Colorado Rockies since September 20, 1999. Before being hired by the Rockies he spent 15 years working for the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, working his way from Accounts Manager to Director of Baseball Operations / Assistant General Manager. [1]. O'Dowd has been at the helm of the Rockies for the last ten years. The results of O'Dowd's tenure have been mixed. Upon taking over the team, he traded fading stars Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla and Darryl Kile opting to build a team around pitching, speed and defense. The following season after a surprising 82-80 run, O'Dowd acquired pitchers Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton to long-term contracts. When the acquisitions turned out to be disastrous for the club, he shed salary and built a foundation of promising young talent around franchise cornerstone Todd Helton. Under his watch, the team has developed everyday players such as Matt Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki, Jeff Francis and Ubaldo Jimenez. In 2007, marked arguably the most surprising run by any Rockies team as the team won 21 of their last 22 games to make it to a tiebreaker against the San Diego Padres. The Rockies, who were making their first playoff appearance in 12 years swept both the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks en route to the 2007 World Series, before falling in four straight to the powerhouse Boston Red Sox. O'Dowd was rewarded with a contract extension following the team's successful playoff run. Under O'Dowd's leadership, the Rockies have managed three winning seasons and an overall record of 769-852 as of the 2009 season.

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