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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Walt Weiss named Colorado Rockies manager, taking over for Jim Tracy

And Walt Weiss thought he knew everything about Suffern…

Following a month-long search, the Rockies named Walt Weiss their sixth manager Wednesday night. Weiss received a one-year deal, a challenge he embraces.

“It has moved fast and it’s a great opportunity,” Weiss told The Denver Post. “It’s who I am, having lived in this city, and played for this organization. It’s been part of my identity the last 20 years. I am not motivated by the terms of contract. I am just focused on the job.”

The Rockies’ brass met for several hours Wednesday night before choosing Weiss over finalist Matt Williams and Jason Giambi and Tom Runnells.

...“I am trying to get my head around this and over the past few weeks I have come to grips with it. There are going to be things that I won’t foresee that will be part of the job. I will figure things out,” Weiss said. “And I will lean on guys around me and get help with the logistics about that part of the job.”

The Rockies signed Weiss in 1994 to stabilize the shortstop position and bring a veteran presence to the clubhouse. He has been around the organization ever since.

“He fell into our lap and was everything we expected and more,” said former Rockies GM Bob Gebhard. “He was a leader in every way.

 

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:40 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. depletion Posted: November 08, 2012 at 07:02 AM (#4297694)
Ah, the memories. Not just for A's fans.
They didn't pick Ozzie Guillen because "if Walt Weiss were in there, he would have caught that ball!"
   2. Toothless Posted: November 08, 2012 at 07:19 AM (#4297696)
According to this article, the Rockies pursued Weiss. Interesting trend here, of former players being named as managers with no professional coaching experience. Ventura, Matheny, now Weiss. Have to wonder how Tim Wallach or Ryne Sandberg feels about this.
   3. Zach Posted: November 08, 2012 at 08:12 AM (#4297704)
The Rockies pursued him, and he still only got a one year contract?

It seems like a difficult position to put someone in. He's a
1) New guy
2) No previous managerial experience
3) Short timer

I wish him luck, because that sounds like it could turn uncomfortable really fast.
   4. Greg K Posted: November 08, 2012 at 08:20 AM (#4297705)
So the Jays is the only opening now?

What does Jason Giambi do? Start the dream with a minor league job somewhere? Go home and swim in his Olympic-size pool of money?
   5. Rants Mulliniks Posted: November 08, 2012 at 08:32 AM (#4297706)
Jeff Kent just got voted off of Survivor last night (I realize it was filmed months ago) so he's free. He acquitted himself very well on that show, I was impressed. He's obviously an intelligent, calculating guy, and came off as reasonably likeable. Only one other player on the show knew who he was, and she was voted off a few weeks ago without having told anyone.
   6. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: November 08, 2012 at 09:29 AM (#4297742)
Weiss will be the first player I saw play college ball to become a MLB manager. This is exciting in a very vague sort of way.
   7. John Northey Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4297792)
Good for the Jays as Weiss was never rumoured to be looked at for their job. So basically the Jays can pick and choose from all other candidates now knowing that whoever they pick has no other option if they want to be a ML manager.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:17 AM (#4297802)
What does Jason Giambi do? Start the dream with a minor league job somewhere? Go home and swim in his Olympic-size pool of money?


Come back and play again in 2013?
   9. JJ1986 Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:29 AM (#4297817)
According to this article, the Rockies pursued Weiss. Interesting trend here, of former players being named as managers with no professional coaching experience. Ventura, Matheny, now Weiss.


Ventura and Matheny at least worked for the organizations that hired them, so the teams knew them and knew about them. Weiss appears to have been picked because he was nearby.
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 08, 2012 at 11:07 AM (#4297866)
He acquitted himself very well on that show, I was impressed. He's obviously an intelligent, calculating guy, and came off as reasonably likeable.


Right up until he got voted off, and did that "talking to the camera" moment at the end.
   11. ThisElevatorIsDrivingMeUpTheWall Posted: November 08, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4297882)
Pretty sure that Survivor did a nice editing job to make Kent look good, he was beefing about returning players getting another chance, when the guy has already made 20 times what the winner gets anyway. He was lucky that one woman who knew who he was didn't go off on him when she got voted out. It was also pretty funny to watch that challenge where the younger guy kept catching stuff instead of him, I told my girlfriend, maybe they needed to roll the stuff out there.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2012 at 11:28 AM (#4297891)

Weiss will be the first player I saw play college ball to become a MLB manager. This is exciting in a very vague sort of way.


I saw Eric Wedge in college.
   13. smileyy Posted: November 08, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4297980)
Walt Weiss won Rookie of the Year the first year I really started following baseball. #feelingold
   14. Perry Posted: November 08, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4297988)
I saw Eric Wedge in college.


Me too. But I think the first guy to become a MLB manager who I saw play in college was Ron Gardenhire, unless I'm forgetting someone.

Weiss appears to have been picked because he was nearby.


To be specific, coaching a Denver high school team. But he has spent time with the Rockies as a minor-league instructor and scout since he retired.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 08, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4298002)
It was also pretty funny to watch that challenge where the younger guy kept catching stuff instead of him, I told my girlfriend, maybe they needed to roll the stuff out there.

Probably he was worried about being a sitting duck for a takeout slide as he awaited the lob.
   16. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 08, 2012 at 12:44 PM (#4298006)
This seems like a terrible hire to me. Weiss makes Lane Kiffin look like a seasoned veteran.

I get the sense this was a pure character hire. I'd be happy to be wrong, but I suspect Weiss will get fired midway through the 2015 season, with the team never reaching .500 under him.
   17. SteveM. Posted: November 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4298032)
This seems like a terrible hire to me. Weiss makes Lane Kiffin look like a seasoned veteran.


I sincerely doubt that Weiss is a lying, cheating, flaming sack of ####.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: November 08, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4298303)
Mr. Weiss, are you a lying, cheating, flaming sack of ####?

No.

You're hired!
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM (#4298312)

Walt Weiss won Rookie of the Year the first year I really started following baseball. #feelingold


Me too. I remember being very unimpressed with his numbers, even at age 10.
   20. Flynn Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:00 PM (#4298411)
I honestly think Giambi is a better choice.
   21. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4298444)
Walt Weiss always seemed like an old guy to me. Possibly because his name is "Walt". Robin Ventura getting hired was the #feelingold moment.
   22. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:39 PM (#4298445)
His Rookie Card never did reach that Grace, Jeffries, Van Poppel level.

I saw Erstad play ball (and punt) in college, weird to see him as Nebraska's Mgr. now.
   23. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:42 PM (#4298448)
Have to wonder how Tim Wallach or Ryne Sandberg feels about this.


I've got it on good authority that Charlie Manual wants to go to Miami.
   24. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 08, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4298475)
Kent .... when the guy has already made 20 times what the winner gets anyway.

Well not really close. According to BR, Kent made $86 mil. The winner still only gets $1 mil right?
   25. Walt Davis Posted: November 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM (#4298516)
Walt Weiss always seemed like an old guy to me. Possibly because his name is "Walt".

I'm standing right here, you know!

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