Walt Weiss has resigned as manager of the Colorado Rockies, per an official announcement from the team earlier on Monday.
Here’s the official statement from the Rockies on Weiss’ decision to step down from his post after three years as manager:
The Colorado Rockies announced today that Walt Weiss has decided to step down as manager. His three-year contract with the club ended with the 2016 season.
Weiss was named the Rockies manager on Nov. 7, 2012. In four seasons, he compiled a 283-365 record, including a 75-87 mark in 2016. His hiring as manager marked his third stint with the Rockies, as he played four seasons for Colorado (1994-97) and was special assistant to the general manager for seven seasons (2002-08).
Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich have reportedly have not always had a strong working relationship according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Weiss was not part of the decision making that brought players Jake McGee, Gerardo Parra, Chad Qualls, and Jason Motte to Colorado.
Weiss reportedly thought the relationship was bad, but Bridich really didn’t:
“The working relationship is evolving and continues to evolve,” said Bridich. “There has been mostly good communication, some great communication and some periods where he’s busy and I’m busy and we haven’t communicated as well as we could have. That’s a natural thing for the job that he has and the job that I have.”
Not everything bad about the Rockies fall onto of Weiss head, however. The Rockies have consistently struggled to put together a winning core together, and this year was the first time in awhile there were promising signs in Colorado at accomplishing that.
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