Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies have named former shortstop Walt Weiss as their sixth manager in franchise history.
Weiss spent four years as the club's shortstop from 1994-98 before returning as a special assistant to the general manager from 2002-2008 after he retired from baseball in 2000.
Weiss played 14 major league seasons with Oakland, Florida, Colorado and Atlanta and compiled a .258 average with 25 home runs and 386 RBI in 1,495 games.
He was named AL Rookie of the Year in 1988 and was a member of four World Series teams, including the 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics.
The 48-year-old New York native takes over as the club's new skipper in place of Jim Tracy, who resigned on Oct. 7 after three-plus seasons as the Rockies' bench boss.
Tracy took over as Colorado's manager in 2009 after Clint Hurdle got the team off to an 18-28 start and guided the Rockies to a 74-42 record the rest of the way before being bounced by Philadelphia in the National League Division Series.
Tracy garnered NL Manager of the Year honors for his effort, but Colorado struggled to a 220-266 record over the next three years, including a disappointing 64-98 campaign in 2012.