Walt Weiss the favorite to become Rockies' next manager

US PRESSWIRE

Walt Weiss, who spent several years with the Rockies as a special assistant to general manager Dan O'Dowd, is reportedly the favorite to replace Jim Tracy as Colorado's manager.

Walt Weiss has emerged as the favorite to take over as manager of the Colorado Rockies, according to Patrick Saunders and Troy Renck of the Denver Post. However, Matt Williams' impressive interview on Monday has forced the club to take more time to come to a decision.

Weiss, who spent several years in the Rockies organization as a player, coach and scout, most recently held the head coach position at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo. Weiss spent 14 seasons in the big leagues, winning the 1988 American League Rookie of the Year award with the Oakland Athletics and garnering a selection to the 1998 National League All-Star team as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

Williams, who is currently the third base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, remains a strong candidate perhaps due to the strengths that D-Backs GM Kevin Towers laid out to the Denver Post:

"He's a blue-collar guy who loves the game. We call him the 'Animal' because everything he does is with such intensity. I have no doubt he would do well ... Matt is a winner. A baseball junkie."

A decision is expected to be made sometime this week.

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