Possibly one of the worst kept secrets in sports the past week was the Colorado Rockies’ desire to give manager Walt Weiss a new contract. Weiss, who was hired by the Rockies prior to this season lead the team to 74-88 record, good for last place in the National League West. However, given the Rockies roster and the fact that both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez missed extended periods of time, that 74-88 record looks much better than it should have been.
Even more impressive was that the club, despite the mass amount of injuries and poor pitching depth, was able to improve by ten games over the previous season.
Weiss, who played for the Rockies, was signed to the one year deal because of club policy, as owner Dick Monfort doesn’t like job security apparently – though it was something he had to change for Weiss according to Rockies.com:
The length of the agreement is an adjustment in Rockies policy. Club owner, chairman and CEO Dick Monfort has said repeatedly that other than players, no one in the organization has a multiyear contract. However, his decision a year ago to offer Weiss only a one-year deal led to criticism that he didn’t give the manager full authority. Monfort said in recent weeks that he would revisit that policy.