The often-rumored divorce between the Colorado Rockies and Walt Weiss finally happened Monday, as the team announced Weiss decided not to return as manager. The focus now turns to the future, as we take a look at five names the Rockies should consider hiring as the seventh manager in franchise history.
If the Rockies are looking for a candidate who has “paid his dues”, Glenallen Hill would be a strong choice. Hill has been with the Rockies organization since 2003, and he’s been the manager for Colorado’s Triple-A team since 2013.
Colorado’s rookie class in 2016 was incredibly successful, and Hill deserves at least some of the credit for that. David Dahl specifically credited Hill for developing and preparing him for the Major Leagues. The Rockies roster in 2017 will be full of young players that played under Hill in the recent past, so there would be a level of comfort and continuity there as well.
Colorado might be somewhat turned off by Hill’s winning percentage at the Triple A level (.441), but that shouldn’t be a major concern. Teams generally care more about development than win-loss record from minor-league managers, and besides, as the talent in the Rockies farm system has improved, Hill’s results have as well.
Overall, Hill is probably one of the strongest candidates, and it won’t be shocking if the Rockies decide to stay in-house and hire him.