Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/12
Former rookie of the year Walt Weiss has been selected as the Colorado Rockies' manager, the team announced in an email to its season-ticket holders Wednesday night. Weiss, who was a popular player with the Rockies and the Oakland A's during his playing career, will replace Jim Tracy and became the club's sixth manager in 21 seasons. He is expected to be introduced at a press conference at Coors field on Friday. He received a one-year deal, according to the Denver Post. "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." Tracy resigned Oct. 7 after compiling a 294-308 record. He managed the team to its only World Series appearance in 2009. Weiss has no previous professional baseball managing experience. He played 14 seasons, including 1994-97 with the Rockies. He finished his career with the Atlanta Braves in 2000 and retired to the Denver area. He worked in the Rockies' front office from 2002-08 before he left to coach his son Brody's high school baseball team. He was selected over a field that included Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams, Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells and veteran first baseman Jason Giambi. The Rockies finished with a 68-94 record last season, their worst record in franchise history and last in the National League West. Previous Rockies managers are Don Baylor (1993-98), Jim Leyland (1999), Buddy Bell (2000-02), Clint Hurdle (2002-09) and Tracy. The Rockies have been to the playoffs three times, under Baylor in 1995, Hurdle in 2007, when they went to the World Series, and Tracy in 2009.
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