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  • [Rockies] Walt Weiss to frustrate you for another year

    Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss to return for second season
    By Troy E. Renck
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 09/20/2013 06:30:01 PM MDT | Updated: 13 min. ago1 comments

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    Rockies manager Walt Weiss (John Leyba, Denver Post file)

    The one-year contract has expanded to a two-year deal. Rockies owner Dick Monfort wants manager Walt Weiss back, and Weiss is committed to returning, assuring that he will lead the Rockies for a second season.

    "It was up to him. We are trying to figure out a way where the contract is not an issue. He's done a good job. He's improved, he's been loyal," owner Dick Monfort said Friday in an exclusive interview. "I have seen a lot of growth. I am pleased with him."

    Weiss' situation was uncertain only because of his unusual one-year contract. He agreed to those terms in November after a whirlwind courtship following Jim Tracy's exit. Weiss went from helping the Rockies' search committee to becoming the team's top choice, leaving
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    his head coaching job at Regis Jesuit High School. Weiss negotiated his own contract, and was open to the one-year deal in order to prove himself and see how his family adjusted to the jarring change in his schedule.

    "I want to come back. I am planning on it. I just figured there will be a time where they come to me about it. I wasn't going to initiate anything. That's not my place," Weiss told The Post. "I enjoy it. I definitely want to continue doing this."

    There were times Monfort admittedly wondered if Weiss was long for the position. He never seemed overwhelmed to Monfort, but he definitely wore the results.

    "I was a little worried. It is a grind. I have asked about a half-dozen times about (the job), and his face brightens up," Monfort said.

    Weiss said Friday that any anger or disappointment was related to defeats, not dissatisfaction with the job. He reached his flash point Aug. 9, holding a team meeting following a dreadful 1-9 road trip that featured embarrassing mental lapses. The Rockies entered Friday 18-20 since.

    "Losing is hard. I don't like it at all. But that happens in this game during a long season. There were a couple of stretches where I got upset with how we were playing the
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    game, how we were losing," Weiss said. "I have told the guys, and I know it's a cliché, but I am fine with them as long as they give their best shot."

    The Rockies entered Friday 70-84, and stuck in the National League West basement. Their record represents a six-game improvement from last season. Monfort understands the criticism of the team, but is encouraged by the improved starting pitching (specifically Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood) and, if healthy, the lineup.

    "Walt was put in a tough situation early, where we were going to use piggyback (relievers). And our starters went deeper into games, which was a good problem to have. But it changed how he had to use the bullpen," Monfort said. "He dealt with it well. He's dealt with the players well. We know we need to make improvements, but I am happy with Walt."

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    Sweet!!!! Another last place finish. Thanks Dick!

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    • #3
      No surprise here, Ownership could care less about having a winner.
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      • #4
        Again I know the season was a disappointment for some of you with unrealistic expectations. And Walt may not be the greatest at times. But I didn't expect any better out of this roster.

        But why oh why would he not deserve at least one more year after a minimum 7 win improvement over last season as of today.

        He deserves at minimum two years to see if he can improve some more. If he does no better or even worse then yes fire him next year.

        But it's laughable that y'all thought he would get the axe after this season.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by DenverBlood View Post
          Again I know the season was a disappointment for some of you with unrealistic expectations. And Walt may not be the greatest at times. But I didn't expect any better out of this roster.

          But why oh why would he not deserve at least one more year after a minimum 7 win improvement over last season as of today.

          He deserves at minimum two years to see if he can improve some more. If he does no better or even worse then yes fire him next year.

          But it's laughable that y'all thought he would get the axe after this season.
          Nobody thought he would because he's a Monfort puppet, but he deserves to. No one that manages a bullpen that badly should ever be allowed to manage a major league team. He's a high school coach who went straight to the majors. That's just plain stupid. Who cares if we had a minimum 7 win improvement. The team still sucks, is in last place and we have a lore more talent than a last place team.

          We all know that the main problem lies within the ownership and FO.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by DenverBlood View Post
            Again I know the season was a disappointment for some of you with unrealistic expectations. And Walt may not be the greatest at times. But I didn't expect any better out of this roster.

            But why oh why would he not deserve at least one more year after a minimum 7 win improvement over last season as of today.

            He deserves at minimum two years to see if he can improve some more. If he does no better or even worse then yes fire him next year.

            But it's laughable that y'all thought he would get the axe after this season.
            Your thinking is exactly what the Monforts are hoping for. I'll tell you what's laughable. Plucking a manager from the high school ranks, totally bypassing any managerial experience in the minors, to mentor a last place team and expect a winning season...then after finishing in last place.....again....to bring him back and expect things to be ANY different next season. To this season ticket holder of 20 years, that is laughable. And they sell it to us with a straight face.

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            • #7
              This team has been nothing but frustrating since 2007........

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              • #8
                Soooo.....now they magically extend Weiss for 3 more years. I hate this team.

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