Rockies Extend Walt Weiss

The Rockies and manager Walt Weiss have agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced on Twitter.

In his first season as their manager, Weiss, a former Rockies shortstop, managed the team to a 74-88 record. The team enjoyed its status as a surprise contender in the first half but faded down the stretch. Weiss was initially helping the Rockies' search committee before quickly becoming a candidate himself.

I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to lead this club as we work toward building a championship level team,” said the skipper, according to the Rockies' official Twitter account.

The 49-year-old Weiss was selected 11th overall by the Athletics in the 1985 draft and enjoyed a 14-year Major League career. He earned Rookie of the Year honors with Oakland in 1988 and totaled a .258/.351/.326 line between the A's, Rockies, Braves and Marlins. Weiss won a World Series with Oakland in 1989 and is a veteran of 13 postseason series as a player. This past season was his first as a Major League manager.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post first reported the agreement (on Twitter).

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