Rockies name Walt Weiss new manager
Weiss, who was raised in Rockland County, N.Y. and was a star at Suffern High School, was the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland and played in the Majors from 1987-2000, including four years (1994-97) with the Rockies. A career .258 hitter, Weiss was an All-Star in 1998 while with the Braves, but was known mostly for his defensive prowess.
The 48-year-old Weiss was one of several candidates for the job – including former Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi, who has played for the Rockies since 2010 and said he would have retired as an active player had he gotten the gig – and was, along with former MLB slugger and current Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams, thought to be one of the favorites.
In the end, it was the organization’s familiarity with Weiss, who served as a special assistant to Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd from 2002-08, that helped him get the nod over Williams.
"I know Walt pretty well,” Rockies senior vice president of major league operations Bill Geivett said Wednesday of their time in the organization together. “He would take trips in the minor leagues. He was always around with the major league club at home, as well.”
Although he has no professional coaching experience, Weiss does have one year as a skipper under his belt; in 2012, he coached Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado – where his son Brody is a senior – to a 20-6 record and the semifinals of the Colorado Class 5A state tournament.
Now, Weiss will be making the jump from the preps to the pros to replace Jim Tracy, who resigned on Oct. 7, and he slots in as the newest addition to the managerial changes table below.