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MLB: Rockies Sign Walt Weiss to 3-Year Extension
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MLB: Rockies Sign Walt Weiss to 3-Year Extension

Oct 15 2013, 6:22pm CDT | by

The Colorado Rockies signed manager Walt Weiss to a three-year extension on Tuesday.

The Colorado Rockies signed manager Walt Weiss to a three-year extension on Tuesday. In spite of the Rockies 74-88 record in 2013, it is still a 10-game improvement from a year ago. Weiss' new deal...

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MLB: Rockies Sign Walt Weiss to 3-Year Extension

Oct 15 2013, 6:22pm CDT | by

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The Colorado Rockies signed manager Walt Weiss to a three-year extension on Tuesday.

The Colorado Rockies signed manager Walt Weiss to a three-year extension on Tuesday.

In spite of the Rockies 74-88 record in 2013, it is still a 10-game improvement from a year ago. Weiss' new deal ends speculations about his job security after his one-year deal in 2012, per Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post. 

With the return of his coaching staff, Weiss stressed the importance of stability moving forward.

"It comes down to stability for our club from the players' perspective. That the manager is going to be around. That's an issue that comes up during the season and now (shouldn't). There's something to be said for that. I think that (owner) Dick (Monfort), (assistant GM Bill Geivett) 'Geivo' and (GM) Dan (O'Dowd) felt the same way. 

"We are trying to build something here and we wanted some stability." 

Aside from stability, Weiss is also going to put a premium on making adjustments on the road, where the Rockies won just 29 games in 2013. 

"We have to get better at situational at-bats on the road. There's a competitive edge for our hitters at our place, that there isn't on the road. It's going to be hard, but it's something we feel we can prevail at." 

He also needs to address offense overall, as the Rockies wound up with just 706 runs in 2013 -- their lowest total ever. This will prove to be a challenge with the retirement of first baseman Todd Helton, their all-time leader in hits. 

In terms of Weiss' motivational skills, All-Star right fielder Michael Cuddyer recalls an Aug. 9 team meeting the manager called, the only one of 2013. 

"In that team meeting he had sensed that we weren't playing hard, that we were giving up. He made it clear that wasn't happening under his watch. And we needed that.

"How can you not respect a guy who has been to 13 postseasons and won the World Series? He commands respect and deserves it. I am happy for him."

Colorado hung around at one point this past season, being just four and-a-half games behind the eventual NL West champions Los Angeles Dodgers, but went on a free-fall after the All-Star Break. They were just 22-24 in their last 46 games.

"I like the way our guys competed down the stretch, when we looked like we were out of it. Our guys still played really hard...playing to the last out of every game, the last out of the season. For me, that was a bright spot." 

Weiss is a former All-Star shortstop who spent 14 years in the majors, four with Colorado in the 1990s. He was a special assistant to the general manager of the Rockies from 2002-2008.


 

 
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Free Agent Profile: Michael Cuddyer

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Despite an injury plagued 2014, Michael Cuddyer figures to be amongst the more heavily pursued free agent position players of the winter.  The 35-year-old (36 by Opening Day) played in just 49 games in 2014, but his offensive numbers are more in less in line with his 2013 output and there’s always a market for effective bats with some pop.  His last trip through free agency netted a three-year, $31.5MM contract and he’s n ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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The Rockies’ payroll will likely remain near its Opening Day mark of $94MM, a team spokesperson tells Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. This is problematic for the Rockies, Saunders writes, given that Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Jorge De La Rosa will combine to earn $48.5MM of that figure next season. Season-ending injuries to Tulowitzki and Gonzalez will make it difficult to extract full prospect value for either star in a potentially cost ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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Sep 9 2014 7:46pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them. The rule, announced in February, says a catcher can’t block the plate if he doesn’t have the ball. There have been several disputed calls, including a pair of decisions in the last 5 1/2 weeks that led to runners being called safe after ...
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5 weeks ago

MLB clarifies home plate collision rule

Sep 9 2014 7:46pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them. The rule, announced in February, says a catcher can’t block the plate if he doesn’t have the ball. There have been several disputed calls, including a pair of decisions in the last 5 1/2 weeks that ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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5 weeks ago

MLB clarifies home plate collision rule

Sep 9 2014 7:46pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them. The rule, announced in February, says a catcher can’t block the plate if he doesn’t have the ball. There have been several disputed calls, including a pair of decisions in the last 5 1/2 weeks that led to runners being called safe after video review. The guidelines se ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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5 weeks ago

MLB clarifies home plate collision rule

Sep 9 2014 7:46pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them. The rule, announced in February, says a catcher can’t block the plate if he doesn’t have the ball. There have been several disputed calls, including a pair of decisions in the last 5 1/2 weeks that led to runners being called safe after video review. The guid ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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5 weeks ago

MLB clarifies home plate collision rule

Sep 9 2014 7:46pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them. The rule, announced in February, says a catcher can’t block the plate if he doesn’t have the ball. There have been several disputed calls, including a pair of decisions in the last 5 1/2 weeks that led ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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5 weeks ago

MLB clarifies home plate collision rule

Sep 9 2014 7:46pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball sent a memo to teams clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them. The rule, announced in February, says a catcher can’t block the plate if he doesn’t have the ball. There have been several disputed calls, including a pair of decisions in the last 5 1/2 weeks that led to runners being called safe a ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 weeks ago

NL Notes: Brewers, Thornton, Cuddyer, Anderson

Sep 7 2014 6:01pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

The Brewers‘ recent struggles could lead to firings in Milwaukee, Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel writes. The Brewers fired Ned Yost after an ugly two-week stretch in the midst of a contending season in 2008. Now, after spending the majority of the season in first place, the Brewers run the risk of missing the playoffs — they would just miss the second Wild Card if the season ended today. It’s not clear if the Brewers’ skid might cause owner Mark Attanasio ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Walt Weiss wants Michael Cuddyer back in Rockies uniform in 2015

Sep 7 2014 4:50pm CDT | Source: denver post

The Rockies' Michael Cuddyer will become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.(Lenny Ignelzi, The Associated Press)Walt Weiss wants Michael Cuddyer back in a Rockies uniform next season. ...
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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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