Following the tumultuous exit of franchise superstar Nolan Arenado earlier this week, Rockies owner Dick Monfort has announced a cutting-edge promotion to win back fans' trust in 2021.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Monfort officially announced "Twitch Plays the Colorado Rockies," a partnership with the streaming company that will give fans the ability to directly oversee the day-to-day operations of the Major League Baseball team for the 2021 season.
"Fans have been whining about our front office for years," said Monfort. "If you think building a contender is so easy, why don't you try it?" the owner went on.
While a bold initiative, some sources inside baseball are speculating that the promotion was just another shrewd way for ownership to cut payroll, as the Rockies had to cut ties with longtime general manager Jeff Bridich to give fans free rein of the team.
"Honestly, I legitimately do think I could run the Rockies better than the way they're currently run." said one fan. "A lot of people probably say that they could manage a team better than the current group, but Bridich has set such a low bar that even if the fans lose 100 games next year they'll still have done a better job than the current front office."
Other crowd-directed Twitch experiments have been conducted in the past, with audiences teaming up to beat videogames like Pokémon, Dark Souls, and more. However, this is the first occurrence of a fan group taking control of a major sports organization for a complete season.
One reporter asked Monfort if he was worried about the fans potentially causing havoc with his team and roster. "Worried? Why would I give a shit? They can deal whoever they want, sign whoever they want, and finish dead last and I'll still turn a profit. Knock yourself out."
Since the experiment began Wednesday morning, the stream has attracted over 700,000 viewers, many of whom have taken their turn in the GM chair.
"It's definitely weird to have your job in the hands of a faceless mob of thousands of internet people," said Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. "But it also might be my best hope of getting an extension here, so I'm cautiously optimistic."
"I'm not a big fan of it so far," said manager Bud Black. "I'm not really sure how Twitch got my cell phone number, but they've just called and hung up on me at least six times today."
"However," Black added, "That's more communication than I ever had with [Bridich], so I'll give them that."
Since the stream went live, the Twitch mob has made a flurry of roster moves and transactions, which we have been keeping track of below. We will continue to update this story with additional transactions as they develop.
2:18 AM - Signed FA Marcell Ozuna 4 years/$70,000,000
3:19 AM - Changed Team Name to the "Coloraddd Rckies"
7:53 AM - Optioned IF Ryan McMahon to AAA Albuquerque
8:02 AM - Promoted IF Ryan McMahon to Colorado
8:13 AM - Placed IF Ryan McMahon on waivers
9:47 AM - Lowered Beer Price to $4.20
11:14 AM - Signed FA Josh Reddick 1 year/$4,000,000
11:21 AM - Scheduled Brad Hawpe bobblehead promotion
11:17 AM - Designated OF Josh Reddick for assignment