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Walt Weiss named new Colorado Rockies manager

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Walt Weiss. Photo: colorado.rockies.mlb.com

Walt Weiss. Photo: colorado.rockies.mlb.com

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies named Walt Weiss their new manager Wednesday night.

He becomes the club’s sixth manager in the team’s history.

The 48-year-old Weiss returns to the Rockies where he spent four years as shortstop (1994-98) and seven seasons as a special assistant to the general manger (2002-2008).

Weis, of Tuxedo, NY, was a member of four World Series teams, including the 1989 Oakland A’s.

He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1988 after hitting .250 (113-for-452) with 17 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 39 RBI in 147 games, all at shortstop, for the Oakland Athletics.

Weiss replaces Jim Tracy, who resigned following the Rockies dismal 64-98 season.

He lives in Franktown, Colo. with his wife, Terri, and their four sons. He has recently been coach of the Regis Jesuit High School baseball team in Aurora.