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Walt Weiss discusses the evolving role of a manager, reveals more comfort in the job

News, notes, and links from around baseball for Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.

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Managers on Learning on the Job | FanGraphs Baseball

Eno Sarris of FanGraphs interviewed a number of different managers about how the role has changed, what is most important to them in doing the job, and what they learned this year. One of the managers Sarris interviewed was our very own Walt Weiss. He is very complimentary of the Rockies analytics department, and also talks to Sarris specifically about how he adjusted from his first year at the helm of the Rockies to his second, and now into the future.

He also specifically discusses the Rockies and defensive shifting:

"We have some great people in our analytics department that are taking on more and more of a load. For example, we went from the team that shifted the least in baseball to, I think, the most in the National League in one year. It’s obvious there’s an impact there, and I’m using that information, and I’m open to that information. Yeah, like I said, it’s just more information than we had when I played. Decide what’s usable and what’s effective."

AFL Team Review: Salt River Rafters | 2080 Baseball

The brand new site 2080 Baseball took an in-depth look at all six of the Arizona Fall League teams, including Rockies affiliate Salt River. They had a team of five evaluators write up something about the players that caught their eye. Three Rockies are featured — Raimel Tapia, Kyle Freeland and Carlos Estevez — and the evaluators were very complimentary of all three.

Breaking down the Rockies' quest to upgrade starting pitching | Denver Post

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post discusses whether or not the Rockies are going to make any moves for starting pitching this offseason, and provides some links, including to the article written by our very own Bobby DeMuro about why Kevin Gausman isn't likely to end up back in Colorado.