The Colorado Rockies’ Case To Retain Walt Weiss
Aug 5, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies manager W. Weiss (22) challenges a call with umpire G. Davis (12) in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Mariners 7-5 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Seriously, who’s better than Walt Weiss?
That question sounds… bizarre… but what I mean is: where’s the guy who is completely worth overhauling the coaching staff and changing the direction of the team? Is Joe Maddon available? (No.) Mike Matheny? (No.) Bruce Bochy? (No.) Don Mattingly? (Well… probably not… but even if he were…)
Look, it’s really going to depend what is out there when the winter comes around and the Colorado Rockies decide whether or not to fire Walt Weiss. Are you going to feel good if Stu Cole takes over the managerial role? Is he an improvement over Weiss? Is he so much better that the Rockies will suddenly win?
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I know, there are a couple candidates out there already: Bud Black is very interesting. I keep hearing J.R. House as an option. Somebody said Gabe Kapler the other day, and it blew my mind. There are others. There will always be others.
But Kapler is in player development; is he right for managing on the field right now? (And would he be that outwardly better of a players’ manager than Weiss?) House is managing in A-ball, and Black isn’t the ideal guy to preside over a rebuild. Rather, he’s probably a better option to be the go-to guy after next year, a la what the Houston Astros did when they dumped Bo Porter in favor of A.J. Hinch.
Y’all feel me??
Ok, here’s what I really think about all this, devil’s advocate aside…
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