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Walt Weiss #22

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Full Name:
Walt Weiss
Uniform #:
22

MANAGING/COACHING CAREER:
Walt Weiss enters his second season as Manager of the Colorado Rockies...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 April 5 vs. San Diego...Weiss led the Rockies to an 8-game winning streak April 12-20, 2013...that 8-game win-streak is tied for the 5th-longest in club history...Weiss was named the sixth Manager of the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012...Weiss replaced Jim Tracy as Rockies Manager, as Tracy held the position from May 29, 2009-October 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 1994-1997 and was a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Rockies for seven seasons (2002-08)....as Special Assistant, Weiss was more so a member of the Major League coaching staff, as he dressed for each home game and assisted in a variety of aspects for then-Manager Clint Hurdle, including time spent 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. ...he led Regis to a 20-6 record and the 5A semi-finals in his lone season at the head coach at Regis...Weiss was also an assistant football coach at Regis for three seasons.

PLAYING CAREER:
Weiss played in parts of fourteen seasons with Oakland (1987-1992), Florida (1993), Colorado (1994-97) and Atlanta (1998-2000)...he complited a career batting line of: .258 batting average (1207-for-4686), 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 A.L. Rookie of the Year, and he earned his lone All-Star berth with Atlanta in 1998...Weiss played in 46 career postseason games, including 12 World Series games...Weiss was a key member of the Rockies' 1995 Wild Card team, batting .300 during the final month of the season to help the Rox get into the playoffs...he also set career-high marks in batting average (.282), hits (146), home runs (8), RBI (48), runs (89) and at bats in 1996 for the Rockies...Weiss played for four Managers with deep roots in the game of baseball...he played under Tony LaRussa in Oakland, Rene Lachemann in Florida, Don Baylor in Colorado and Bobby Cox in Atlanta.

PERSONAL:
Walter William Weiss...he and his wife, Terri, and four sons, Blake, Brody, Bo and Brock and reside in Castle Rock, CO...Brody is a freshman at the University of California-Santa Barbara and a member of the varsity baseball team...Brody was selected by the Rockies in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft, but did not sign...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 12th 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 of Suffern High School is named after him.

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