Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies have named former shortstop
Walt Weiss as their sixth manager in franchise history.
Weiss spent four years as the club's shortstop from 1994-98 before returning
as a special assistant to the general manager from 2002-2008 after he retired
from baseball in 2000.
Weiss played 14 major league seasons with Oakland, Florida, Colorado and
Atlanta and compiled a .258 average with 25 home runs and 386 RBI in 1,495
He was named AL Rookie of the Year in 1988 and was a member of four World
Series teams, including the 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics.
The 48-year-old New York native takes over as the club's new skipper in place
of Jim Tracy, who resigned on Oct. 7 after three-plus seasons as the Rockies'
Tracy took over as Colorado's manager in 2009 after Clint Hurdle got the team
off to an 18-28 start and guided the Rockies to a 74-42 record the rest of the
way before being bounced by Philadelphia in the National League Division
Tracy garnered NL Manager of the Year honors for his effort, but Colorado
struggled to a 220-266 record over the next three years, including a
disappointing 64-98 campaign in 2012.
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