Walt Weiss has officially stepped down as manager of the Colorado Rockies. No replacement has been named at this time.
Weiss’ three year contract with the team expired after Sunday afternoon’s season finale against the Brewers, a 6-4 loss.
A significant gulf has developed between Weiss and Bridich, according to multiple sources within the organization, some of whom said Weiss has been been left out of the loop regarding major decisions dating to the offseason — when he was not consulted about the acquisitions of relievers Jason Motte, Chad Qualls and Jake McGee or outfielder Gerardo Parra, all of whom have had disappointing seasons this year.
Asked about his relationship with Weiss, Bridich said he “didn’t think it was appropriate to publicly discuss my personal relationship with anyone on our staff,” including Weiss.
Asked specifically about his working relationship with Weiss, Bridich said: “The working relationship is evolving and continues to evolve. … There has been mostly good communication, some great communication and some periods where he’s busy and I’m busy and we haven’t communicated as well as we could have. That’s a natural thing for the job that he has and the job that I have.”
The new manager will inherit a team that appears to be just a piece or two away from a legitimate playoff push with several young, controllable talent in the system.