Walt Weiss will return to the Rockies as manager in 2016, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. There had been some uncertainty surrounding the situation, with Weiss himself even recently acknowledging the possibility that he could be dismissed at season’s end.
Weiss, who will be entering the final season of a three-year contract next season, has been managing the Rockies since 2013 but has yet to top 74 wins in a season and has finished with 68 and 66 wins, respectively, in each of the past two seasons. Of course, the Rockies have suffered through injuries to Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson, among others, in each of the past two seasons and ultimately traded Tulowitzki to Toronto this past July. In addition to those injury woes, the Rockies have characteristically struggled with their pitching, as the front office has yet to compose a pitching staff that can master pitching at altitude.
It remains to be seen whether the rest of Weiss’ coaching staff will return next season, but the Rockies’ young core will have a familiar voice and clubhouse culture. Weiss could have some degree of say in the roster’s construction as well, as the manager told the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders back in February that he spent a good deal of time with GM Jeff Bridich and others in the front office over the course of the offseason. Bridich made clear in May that despite the team’s struggles, he didn’t blame Weiss for the lack of on-field results. “The manager and the coaches don’t step on the field and take a bat and step into the batter’s box, and they don’t take the ball to stand on the mound,” Bridich told the Post’s Nick Groke.