11/08/12 10:26 PM ET
Rockies welcome the well-liked, respected Weiss
By / MLB.com
First baseman Todd Helton, who began his Major League career in 1997 -- which happened to be the last of Weiss' four seasons with the club -- texted that Weiss is a "good man."Weiss may be a first-time manager who spent last year coaching high school ball in the Denver area, but center fielder Dexter Fowler believes Weiss built his credibility in ways that matter -- his 14-season career and the familiarity he built with many Rockies who came up through the system a few years back. "We work hard, that's not a question," Fowler said. "The fact is that you have a guy you respect and is respected around the league. The guy did it for a number of years. That's all you can ask for, a guy that works hard for you, and that gets you to work hard as well. "I remember coming up and working with him on the Minor League side of things, and he definitely helped out with his knowledge of baseball. We've got a younger guy that's played the game a lot and knows a whole bunch about it." Like Young, Fowler recalls Weiss when he was young and impressionable. Weiss spent the final two years of his career (1998 to 2000) with the Braves. At the time, Fowler was a youth baseball standout in the Atlanta area. "They had him and Mark Lemke when they were at Fulton County Stadium, and I remember how they worked," Fowler said. "He worked hard and hustled all the time, which was awesome. At that age, you see guys that don't hustle. You take note of that, then you see the guys that really did. It stuck out." The respect for Weiss doesn't stop in Colorado. Oakland general manager Billy Beane played with Weiss when both were prospects in the Athletics organization. Weiss was the starting shortstop on Oakland's 1989 World Series-winning team. "Everybody respects him," Beane said. "He's not long with the word. When he said something, it meant something. He's well liked. It didn't surprise me when I saw [he was hired]. "I enjoyed talking baseball with him. He was a young player on a great team. He had a lot of respect from guys that eventually were going into the Hall of Fame. He could say a lot without saying a lot. He's incredibly well liked and respected." In other staffing news, The Denver Post quoted GM Dan O'Dowd as saying he was interested in Jason Giambi as hitting coach. Giambi, a veteran first baseman who played for the Rockies from late 2009 through 2012, impressed the club in an interview for the managerial job. "We consider him a Rockie. We hope this is the spot he will consider," O'Dowd told the paper in an interview during the General Managers Meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. "He was very impressive in his interview for the manager's job."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. Ken Gurnick contributed. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.