It doesn't seem fair. Walt Weiss took one of the toughest jobs in baseball. As his reward, the Rockies made Weiss a disposable manager. He's here today. But for how long? Weiss was plucked off a high school field. He agreed to work for the Rockies without knowing his salary. A franchise that lost 98 games in 2012 gave him a one-year contract. One year? That's all? Sounds like a manager whose job status is as shaky as Colorado's next three-game losing streak. The team could broom Weiss in a heartbeat. "Don't you know me a little better than that?" said Rockies owner Dick Monfort, looking me square in the eye. Pardon me for being cynical, but a one-year contract does not exactly qualify as a meaningful commitment. "Well," Monfort said, "to go to the cynic in you, our thought process wasn't 'OK, this guy has never managed before, so let's just keep Walt on a short leash and if it doesn't work out we'll kick his butt out the back door.' That never crossed my mind. I would never do that to Walt. I love the guy." In pro sports, however, there is only one truly meaningful way to show love and respect. It's called money. "Major League Baseball makes you fill out these forms so the contract says it's a one-year deal. But you know what? We gave Walt the job and we didn't even tell him what we were going to pay him," Monfort said. "Then (Rockies front-office executives) Dan O'Dowd, Bill Geivett and I worked up a salary. And we asked Walt, 'Does this look fair?' Walt said, 'Yes, Absolutely.' " A week ago, on the eve of the Rockies' home opener, Monfort took a place at a table in the new Press Box Club at Coors Field to discuss Weiss' role with the team. He is the sixth manager for a franchise that played its first game in 1993. None of the five men who previously held the job left his position with a winning record. Since the conversation between Monfort and myself, Weiss has led the thrill of a five-game winning streak and dealt with the sobering reality of being swept by San Francisco, the defending world champion. Forget job security, for a moment. Isn't it possible a three-year contract could have provided a rookie manager with more authority in the Rockies' clubhouse?
As rookie manager, Walt Weiss more credible than Rockies franchise
Denver Post | Apr 12