Rockies Hire Walt Weiss As Manager

The Rockies announced that they have hired Walt Weiss as their next manager.  The former shortstop now becomes the sixth manager in club history, dating back to 1993.

Colorado cut their field of candidates down to a field of six at the end of October with Weiss, veteran player Jason Giambi, bench coach Tom Runnells, Jerry Manuel, former Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, and current Diamondbacks bench coach Matt Williams in the mix.  That field was brought down to a final four with Weiss and Williams eventually left as the remaining two candidates.

Weiss now takes the place of manager Jim Tracy who amassed a 294-308 record in his time in Colorado.  Tracy's status as manager for 2013 was uncertain as he was said to have nothing more than a handshake agreement for next season.  The skipper wound up walking away from the job before the club could move to fire him.  While Tracy declined to go into detail about his reasons for leaving, it was widely speculated that he was less-than-thrilled with the front office's level of control in on-field decision making.

The 48-year-old has a good amount of history with the organization as he played for the Rockies from 1994-97 and worked as a special assistant to the GM from 2002-08.  Weiss has no previous professional managerial experience but will now be charged with turning around a club that finished at the bottom of the NL West with a 64-98 record.

15 Responses to Rockies Hire Walt Weiss As Manager Leave a Reply

  1. LazerTown 3 years ago

    Good Luck Giambi. Would really be interesting to see him as a future hitting coach.

  2. vtadave 3 years ago

    Guessing we don’t have a lot of former big league shortstops as managers. Congrats to Walt.

    • davbee 3 years ago

      Ron Gardenhire, Ron Washington, Dale Sveum, plus Dave Johnson played 43 games at short.

      • vtadave 3 years ago

        Nice…Washington was the only one that came to the top of my head first.

  3. The_Unnatural 3 years ago

    Weiss is German for white. I am the one who knocks.

    • Rockies! We don’t have time to clown around, we’re going for a 100% pure win season. Anything less is UNACCEPTABLE.

  4. Devon Henry 3 years ago

    Matt Williams or Giambi would have been better.

  5. Austin 3 years ago

    I would of liked to have see Giambi in that role, but congrats to Walt Weiss for getting the job,

  6. $20404099 3 years ago

    Congrats, Walt. I think you’ll do a good job as long as the FO doesn’t limit you with their weird pitching philosophy.

  7. Lefty_Orioles_Fan
    Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

    Congrats to Walt Weiss! He will do a fine job!

  8. Congrats Walt. Always pull for the former Braves! Good to see you still in the game.

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