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.