COACHING CAREER: Walt Weiss enters his third season as manager of the Colorado Rockies...his overall managerial record is 140-184 (.432) entering the 2015 season...the 2014 Rockies went 66-96 (.407) in Weiss' second season as manager...in his first campaign of 2013, Weiss directed the Rockies to a 10-win improvement over the previous year, ultimately leading the club to a 74-88 record...Weiss notched his first win as manager in the Rockies' second game of the season on April 2, 2013 at Milwaukee...Weiss' first home win came in the Rockies home-opener on Apr. 5, 2013 vs. San Diego...Weiss led the Rockies to an eight-game winning streak Apr. 12-20, 2013, tied for fifth-longest win streak in club history...Weiss was named the sixth manager of the Colorado Rockies on Nov. 7, 2012...Weiss replaced Jim Tracy as Rockies manager (Tracy held the position from May 29, 2009 - Oct. 7, 2012)...Weiss' hiring as manager marks a return to the Rockies clubhouse for his third stint with the club, as he played four seasons for Colorado (1994-97) and was a special assistant to the general manager for the Rockies for seven seasons (2002-08)...as special assistant, Weiss dressed for each home game and assisted then-Manager Clint Hurdle, including spending time in the Rockies' player development system....following his stint as special assistant, Weiss was an assistant coach (2009-11) and head coach (2012) at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo....as head coach, he led Regis to a 20-6 record and the 5A semi-finals...Weiss was also an assistant football coach at Regis for three seasons.
PLAYING CAREER: Weiss played in parts of 14 seasons with Oakland (1987-1992), Florida (1993), Colorado (1994-97) and Atlanta (1998-2000)...he compiled a career batting line of: .258 batting average (1,207-for-4,686), 623 runs, 1,207 hits, 182 doubles, 31 triples, 25 home runs, 386 RBI, 658 walks and 658 strikeouts in 1,495 games...Weiss was a member of four World Series teams, including the 1989 World Champion Oakland A's...he was the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year and 1998 All-Star...Weiss played in 46 career postseason games, including 12 World Series games...he was a key member of the Rockies' 1995 Wild Card team, batting .300 during the final month of the season...in 1996 with the Rockies, he set career-high marks in batting average (.282), hits (146), home runs (8), RBI (48), runs (89) and at-bats...Weiss played for four managers with deep roots in the game of baseball: Tony LaRussa in Oakland, Rene Lachemann in Florida, Don Baylor in Colorado and Bobby Cox in Atlanta...both LaRussa and and Cox were members of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class...that Hall of Fame class also includes Weiss' Atlanta teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.
PERSONAL: Walter William Weiss...he and his wife, Terri, have four sons, Blake, Brody, Bo and Brock and reside in Castle Rock, Colo....Brody is enrolled at Riverside Community College and a member of the RCC Baseball team...Brody was selected by the Rockies in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft but did not sign...Weiss was initially drafted by Baltimore in the 10th round of the 1982 amateur draft, but chose to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...the former shortstop was then selected by Oakland with the 11th overall selection in the 1985 amateur draft...Weiss is active in both the Colorado community and the New York area where he was raised...the baseball field at his alma matter, Suffern High School, is named after him.