DENVER — The Colorado Rockies officially introduced Walt Weiss as the new manger Friday.
Weiss will be the teams sixth manager. He replaces Jim Tracy who left the team after a disappointing 64-98 season.
A former Rocky from 1994-97, Weiss most recently coached the Regis Jesuit High School baseball team. Yet the jump from high school coach to major league baseball should be no worry for Weiss who has a World Series win and respect from a previous coaching stint with the team.
However, some have been critical of how Weiss was been brought into the job.
Colorado gave Weiss just a one-year contract in what Denver Post sports writer Mark Kiszla called a “trial basis. He’s the manager of the month. If not completely satisfied, cancel at any time.”
Perhaps last season’s disappointment was on the mind of owner Dick Monfort during a noon news conference introducing Weiss when he said “I’m a little surprised. People don’t usually clap for me when I walk into a stadium.”
None-the-less the team has high hopes for Weiss.
“Walt is very refreshing. He’s a Colorado guy. He lives in Colorado … We got a guy who wants this team. He doesn’t want the Yankees. He doesn’t want any other team. He wants the Colorado Rockies,” Monfort said.
Weiss will wear number 22. After being introduced, he joked, “Does Jordan Pacheco know?”
“This is somewhat of a family reunion for me. I’m really excited for this opportunity. Obviously I came in here without a lot of experience.
“The bottom line, we’ve got to win games. As a player, that’s what I love about the game. It’s a bottom-line business, it’s all about Ws. We line up and take our best shot every day, from top to bottom.
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