The Colorado Rockies just announced that Walt Weiss had “stepped down” as Rockies manager. The terminology was such because Weiss contract ran out with the season yesterday. So it’s technically not a resignation, I suppose. More of a “hey, let’s not” with respect to talking about the future.
A future which probably would’ve been short if Weiss had not stepped down, as general manager Jeff Bridich had not broached the subject of a contract extension for Weiss, suggesting that the Rockies would’ve fired him. Weiss managed the club to a .437 winning percentage from 2013 – 2016 and the Rockies’ just finished their sixth consecutive losing season. As Ashley noted yesterday, Weiss had reportedly been excluded from some key decisions in recent days, so he likely saw the writing on the wall.
So, there’s a job opening in Colorado. Let the very, very quiet managerial search begin, so as not to distract from the playoffs.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.