Walt Weiss picked to take over as Colorado manager
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Walt Weiss was hired Wednesday night to replace Jim Tracy as manager of the Colorado Rockies and will make the rare jump from a high school dugout to the big leagues.
The team made the announcement after owner Dick Monfort and top officials deliberated at the general managers’ meetings – held at a hotel Monfort owns.
Weiss and Arizona coach Matt Williams were thought to be the favorites to replace Tracy, who quit Oct. 7 following a last-place finish in the NL West. Rockies’ bench coach Tom Runnells and first baseman Jason Giambi also interviewed.
The 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland, Weiss played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant to O’Dowd from 2002-08. He left to spend more time with his family and last season coached Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora to a 20-6 record and the 5A semi-finals of the state championship.
The 48-year-old spent parts of 14 seasons in the major leagues, also playing for Oakland (1987-92), Florida (1993) and Atlanta (1998-2000). A .258 career hitter, he was an All-Star in the 1998 game at Denver’s Coors Field.
Weiss is just the sixth manager for the Rockies, following Don Baylor (1993-98), Jim Leyland (1999) Buddy Bell (2000-02), Clint Hurdle (2002-09) and Tracy (2009-12).
The Denver Post would like to sell its Rockies’ share
DENVER – The Denver Post is seeking to sell its minority ownership in the Colorado Rockies. The Post holds a 7.3 percent state in the Major League Baseball club that is majority owned by brothers Charlie and Dick Monfort.
Ed Moss, chief executive officer of the Post, said Digital First Media, which operates MediaNews Group, owner of the newspaper, is seeking to sell the minority stake in the Rockies as the Post focuses on core print and digital business.
Forbes magazine recently valued the franchise at $464 million, which would put the newspaper’s stake at more than $33 million.
College cross country
From ‘mini’ to nationals, the FLC men are ranked at 26
NEW ORLEANS – Run well at “mini-nationals,” and you will get recognized on the national scene.
Fort Lewis College, whose men’s cross country program finished sixth at the South Central Regionals last weekend in Denver, was ranked 26th in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association top-35 poll Wednesday.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference widely is considered the best cross country conference in Division II, and FLC braved the field to reach the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National Championships for just the second time in program history and first since 1995.
Case in point: RMAC teams are ranked 1, 2, 3, 9 and 26 in the national poll. (Four RMAC women’s teams were ranked in the top 35; the Skyhawks’ season is finished.)
Adams State is ranked No. 1, Western State No. 2, Colorado School of Mines No. 3 and UC-Colorado Springs No. 9.
The 10-kilometer national championship is Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo.
For the second day in a row, owners sit with their players
NEW YORK – Negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out players’ association ended after nearly six hours Wednesday. Just as they did a night earlier, the sides agreed to get right back to the bargaining table.
Representatives for the owners and players will resume talks today, marking the third consecutive day the two sides will meet face-to-face.
The sides met for a total of about 13 hours over Tuesday and Wednesday at an undisclosed location in New York. Neither the NHL nor the NHLPA made any immediate statements after talks ended Wednesday night.