Wednesday night the Colorado Rockies named former player Walt Weiss the sixth manager in franchise history following Jim Tracy‘s resignation back on October 7.
Weiss spent 14 years as a Major League shortstop with four teams including the Rockies which he played for from 1994 until 1997. In 1994 he became the first player to play for both expansion teams that made their debuts in 1993; the Rockies and Florida Marlins following a season with the Marlins in 1993. Weiss was also named American League Rookie of the Year in 1988 while a member of the Oakland A’s and won a world championship with the A’s in 1989.
Following his retirement from playing in 2000 Weiss was named as special assistant to the Rockies General Manager, Dan O’Dowd in 2002 and remained in that position with the club until 2008.
As a manger, Weiss was the head varsity manager of the Regis Jesuit High School team, which is located in Aurora, CO where he led them to a 20-6 record and the 5A semi-finals in just his first season last year.
When asked by the Denver Post about taking the position as manager of the Rockies Weiss replied “It has moved fast and it’s a great opportunity. It’s who I am, having lived in this city and played for this organization. It’s been a part of my identity the last 20 years. I am not motivated by the terms of my contract. I am just focused on my job.”
Other candidates that the Rockies seriously considered for the position were Arizona Diamondbacks coach Matt Williams, Colorado bench coach Tom Runnells and their first baseman Jason Giambi; who told the club he would retire from playing if he was awarded the managerial position.