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.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.