Normally when teams hire a former player as manager, it’s a desperate ploy to appease the fans. In some cases, however, a former player is exactly the type manager a team needs. Judging from the success of the Colorado Rockies this season, it’s hard not to think that Walt Weiss is the manager of the year at the quarter mark of the 2013 season.
In all honesty, the National League has a handful of managers that are doing a fantastic job, but considering how bad the Rockies were last year, it’s hard not to go with the Rockies’ skipper. Weiss, who is in his first season at the helm, has the Rockies playing winning baseball at 28-26, and they are only two games out of the division lead. I don’t know how much Weiss has helped this turnaround, but I can’t argue against results.
Other than Weiss, I would say that St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny would be another logical suggestion for the manager of the year. After all, the Cardinals have the best record in all of baseball, and Matheny has always had a great baseball mind.
But since the Cardinals were already one of the best teams last season, I thought it would be wise to go with Weiss at the quarter, even though I have to doubt he will be the choice by season’s end. That’s where Matheny’s name will probably be called.
Nevertheless, I have to give props to Weiss for the Rockies turning things around so quickly. Let’s just hope he’s smart enough to avoid the four-man rotation, eh?