4 Expectations for New Colorado Rockies Manager Walt Weiss
Coming off a 64-98 season that saw the Rockies hit last place in the NL West, Weiss will have his work cut out for him.
A few more wins and a possible playoff berth will help Weiss quiet any claims that he is not the right man for the job.
The task will be tedious, but the Rockies' organization is pretty confident on Weiss taking a coaching role.
These are the four expectations for new Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss:
After a dismal 2012 season, the Colorado Rockies will look to regain balance under new manager Walt Weiss.
The expectation of more wins is almost a given by any MLB organization, but even more pressure will be put on Weiss.
With no coaching experience to speak of, Weiss is expected to turn around a club that seemed to lack any motivation under Jim Tracy last season. Even if that means the Rockies will only win 70 games next season, it will be a welcomed improvement and success for Weiss.
But getting there may require more than just a coaching change. The need for a little more hitting and a few key guys in the bullpen will go a long way in achieving the overall goal.
Weiss, being a former player, may be able to connect with the players he manages on a more personal level than that of a traditional manager.
Former Rockies teammate, Dante Bichette, said that Weiss was a blue-collar guy (via the Denver Post):
Walt was a blue-collar player, blue-collar all the way. He showed up every day, ready to go to work. He was the ultimate professional.
Possible Playoff Berth
With the prospect of a few more wins comes the idea that the Colorado Rockies could make the playoffs.
Make no mistake, this team will not make the playoffs next season under manager Walt Weiss. But improvement towards that goal each season will be expected and upper management will have Weiss under a microscope in his achievement of that goal.
If two seasons pass by and the Rockies are still cellar dwellers in the NL West, Weiss will be demoted to a position of less prominence.
The playoffs may be a long way off for this organization, but Weiss will have to prove that he can lead the team in the right direction.
Leadership Role in Clubhouse
Walt Weiss is expected to assume a position of leadership when he manages the Rockies in the 2013 season.
Weiss has already said what he wants to communicate to the players (via the Denver Post):
My convictions on how we play this game are extremely strong. I need to communicate that to the players, and that's what I will try to do. There is a right way and a wrong way to play this game. We will do it the right way.
A strong voice and an ability to motivate players will be key in Weiss' ability to communicate clearly. He will also be expected to communicate some of his baseball insight from his playing days.
The biggest question will be whether or not Weiss is ready to take a leadership role in the Rockies organization. He lacks any managerial experience and has yet to prove himself on any level besides on the field.
Though, what Weiss will bring to the clubhouse is an intensity for the game. An intensity to win and an intensity for all of his players to play to the best of their abilities.
Don't Be Jim Tracy
Jim Tracy walked away from the Rockies' organization for numerous reasons, many of those deal with upper management (via the Denver Post):
Let me put it to you this way, I really don't feel that I am the right man for the job any longer. A lot of situations have changed since I was first asked to manage this club. It changed quite a bit from May 29 (2009) to the present. I am not the right man for this position.
When Walt Weiss was brought in, the main expectation is that he won't be another Jim Tracy. The organization has made clear that they want to move in another managerial direction after Tracy's resignation.
More intensity, a better sense of on-field managing and more of a connection with players. Weiss is expected to jump start a team that is spiraling into a bottom-feeding team in the NL West for the next few years.