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Report: Manager Walt Weiss could be done with the Rockies

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After eleven seasons with the Rockies, Walt Weiss’ days with the club appear to be numbered. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, general manager Jeff Bridich has not broached the subject of a contract extension for Weiss, whose three-year deal with the club expires on Sunday. Bridich, along with team owner Dick Monfort, is expected to meet with the skipper to discuss his future with the club sometime in the following week.

Weiss joined Colorado’s front office in 2002 as a special assistant to then-GM Dan O’Dowd and was promoted to manager after the 2012 season. The 52-year-old managed the club to a .437 winning percentage from 2013 – 2016 and will close the book on the Rockies’ sixth consecutive losing season on Sunday.

Bridich’s claims that the manager would not be evaluated strictly by his win-loss record was tempered by rumors that Weiss had been purposely excluded from making crucial decisions for the club. From Saunders:

A significant gulf has developed between Weiss and Bridich, according to multiple sources within the organization, some of whom said Weiss has been been left out of the loop regarding major decisions dating to the offseason — when he was not consulted about the acquisitions of relievers Jason Motte, Chad Qualls and Jason Motte or outfielder Gerardo Parra, all of whom have had disappointing seasons this year.

It’s not all bad news for Weiss, who has also been credited with transforming the Rockies after the team went 64-98 under manager Jim Tracy’s direction in 2012. Whether or not that will be enough to keep Weiss in Bridich’s good graces remains to be seen. For the Rockies, it might be too little too late.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.