Rockies pick ex-player Walt Weiss as new skipper

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – The Colorado Rockies picked their former star Walt Weiss as new manager, replacing Jim Tracy, who resigned after leading the team to its worst record in history.

Weiss becomes the sixth manager in history of the Rockies, who will play their 21st season in 2013. Previous Rockies managers are Don Baylor (1993-98), Jim Leyland (1999), Buddy Bell (2000-02), Clint Hurdle (2002-09) and Tracy.

A former shortstop, Weiss, beat out Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams, Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells and veteran first baseman and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi for the position.

Before making the official announcement, the Rockies reached out to their fans by informing their season-ticket holders via e-mail of the decision. Weiss will be introduced at a news conference at Coors Field Friday.

Tracy resigned after leading the Rockies to a 68-94 finish — last in the National League West and the worst record in Rockies history. He posted a 294-308 record between May 2009 and the end of the 2012 season.

Weiss had a 14-year career as a shortstop in the Majors, which included four years with the Rockies from 1994-97.

A switch-hitter, Weiss represented the Braves in the 1998 All-Star Game at Coors Field after hitting .312 (67-for-215) with 11 doubles, one triple and 18 RBIs in 61 first-half games.

He was picked as 1988 American League Rookie of the Year with the Athletics and was on the 1989 World Series championship team.

After completing his career with the Braves in 2000, Weiss settled in the Denver area.

Weiss worked for the Rockies as a special instructor and advisor to the front office from 2002-08, before he left professional baseball to spend time with his family.

Last year, Weiss took over as head baseball coach at Regis Jesuit High School, in Aurora, Colorado, a team that included his son Brody. He led the team to a 20-6 record.

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