For a first year manager I don’t think the Colorado Rockies could ask much more of Walt Weiss. He wasn’t exactly taking over the best team in Major League Baseball after all. This is the Rockies we are talking about. They show up good every once in a while but there is certainly no lasting legacy of threatening to win every single season. Yet Weiss stepped right in and acted like a veteran skipper at the helm.
His efforts are reportedly being rewarded as the Rockies are rumored to be picking up the option for him to return during 2014 season. There is really very little reason for them not to give him another shot next season. The Rockies threatened first place in the National League West for most of the first half of the season. They were as close as one half game out of first as late as mid-June and stayed at or around .500 until the end of June.
From that point the Los Angeles Dodgers made it impossible for anyone to compete with them after that ridiculous run. That isn’t Weiss’ fault though and neither is all of the numerous injuries this team had to deal with. Weiss proved that he knows how to manage a baseball team the right way. If these guys come back with a healthy team and a few more good pitchers from somewhere, Weiss will look like the great manager he can be and the GM will look like a genius for hiring him.