Colorado Rockies sign manager Walt Weiss to new 3-year contract

DENVER - The Colorado Rockies tweeted Tuesday that they have signed a new three-year contract with manager Walt Weiss.

Weiss was hired last November to replace Jim Tracy. At the time, he was only given a one year contract.

Under Weiss, the team ended the season 74-88, which put them last in the division, according to However, said the team was a contender in the National League West for the first three months of the season and were in first place as late as May 27 before key injuries exposed a lack of depth.

"I am very excited & grateful to have the opportunity to lead this club as we work toward building a championship level team," Weiss said.

Weiss is a fan favorite after spending 1994-1997 with the Rockies as a gritty shortstop. As a big-league shortstop, Weiss was known for his intensity and passion.

Prior to coaching the Rockies, Weiss' only head coaching job was at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, where he led his son's team to a 20-6 record and a spot in the state semifinals in 2012.

However, Weiss learned from some of the best in the business during his 14-year playing career including Tony La Russa and Clint Hurdle.

"When it gets down to it, you have to be yourself. When you try to be someone else, it's fake. And fake doesn't work, especially with the players," Weiss said when he was hired last year. "'Players love real - they know it and they can smell it."

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