Walt Weiss

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Walter William Weiss

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Biographical Information[edit]

Shortstop Walt Weiss was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1985 amateur draft by the Oakland Athletics and scout Mark Conkin.

In 1988 amidst one of the most unremarkable crops of American League Rookie of the Year contenders in recent memory, Weiss managed to win the award in spite of an OPS+ of only 81, a complete inability to drive in runs, and an even more unremarkable 6 for 31 postseason performance culminating in a .063 batting average in the 1988 World Series. What appealed to voters was his ability to play a key defensive position everyday for the pennant-winning Oakland Athletics.

After his 14-year playing career, Weiss was a special assistant to Colorado Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd from 2002 to 2008. He then turned to coaching at the high school level, at Regis Jesuit High School in the Denver, CO suburbs. Weiss was a Raiders assistant coach in 2010-2011and head coach in 2012. On November 7, 2012, he was plucked from the high school ranks to be named the manager of the Rockies for 2013.

He underwent an emergency appendectomy on May 13, 2015, after complaining of stomach pains for a couple of days. Bench coach Tom Runnells took over for him on an interim basis while he was recovering. After four years of managing the Rockies without a winning record, he was not offered a new contract when his deal expired after the 2016 season. In 2018, he was named bench coach of the Atlanta Braves where he remained through the 2023 season.

His son Bo Weiss was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 29th round of the 2016 Amateur Draft, but continued on to the University of North Carolina before transferring to the University of Tampa.

Walt was mentioned by the band The Lonely Island in their 2019 song called "Let's Bash", in which two band members dressed up as Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco and sing a satire song, referencing McGwire and Canseco's use of steroids during their careers. In the song they say "Sorry about your arm, Walt Weiss".

Notable Achievements[edit]

AL Rookie of the Year
1987 1988 1989
Mark McGwire Walt Weiss Gregg Olson

Preceded by
Jim Tracy
Colorado Rockies Manager
Succeeded by
Bud Black

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2013 Colorado Rockies National League 74-88 5th Colorado Rockies
2014 Colorado Rockies National League 66-96 4th Colorado Rockies
2015 Colorado Rockies National League 68-94 5th Colorado Rockies
2016 Colorado Rockies National League 75-87 3rd Colorado Rockies

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