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Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss ranked 18th in ESPN’s manager rankings

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Along with Baseball Info Solutions, ESPN ranks the Rockies manager in the middle of the pack.

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Managers snapshot: Which MLB skippers do what well, and who's No. 1? - ESPN.com
Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss was ranked 18th in the manager rankings compiled by ESPN and Baseball Info Solutions, who note that he ranks neither particularly high nor particularly low in any of the metrics they looked at. They did not that in the previous two seasons, Weiss led the league in reliever appearances, but that was likely due to the Rockies having a poor starting rotation.

Weiss was in the tier of "Solid skippers" that spanned those managers ranked 12th to 23rd, coming in just behind Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and Royals manager Ned Yost. Giants manager Bruce Bochy came in on top of the list.

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