The Colorado Rockies have hired former major league shortstop Walt Weiss as their sixth manager in franchise history.
Weiss, 48, was selected over Matt Williams, Jason Giambi and Tom Runnells. His only coaching experience comes from the high school level where he took Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado to a 20-6 record and the 5A state championship semifinals.
Weiss replaces Jim Tracy, who resigned Oct. 7 with one year and $1.4 million remaining on his contract.
Weiss spent 14 seasons in the major leagues. He played for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant to general manager Dan O' Dowd from 2002-08.
Weiss's familiarity with the Rockies ultimately won him the job over Matt Williams.
"He would take trips in the minor leagues. He was always around with the major league club at home, as well," Geivett said earlier Wednesday. "I know Walt pretty well."
Weiss will have to learn quickly to be a "yes" man to the Rockies management if he wants to stay with the organization for several years.