DENVER -- Former Rockies shortstop Walt Weiss has talked with the club about its vacant managerial post, a Major League source with knowledge of the discussion said Friday.Weiss played in the Majors from 1987-2000, including 1994-97 with the Rockies, and he worked with Colorado's front office as a special assistant after his career was completed. He spent time on the field as the Rockies broke in a number of top prospects a few years back, but left pro ball to spend more time with his children.
In 2012, Weiss became head coach at Regis Jesuit High School and led the team to a 20-6 record. Weiss' son, Brody Weiss, an infielder, and fellow Regis infielder Max George were Denver Post Class 5A All-State selections.Weiss is the third person revealed to have interviewed for the job, which opened when Jim Tracy resigned on Oct. 7. The club has interviewed Tom Runnells, bench coach under Tracy, and Jason Giambi, a veteran first baseman who is a free agent but has received high marks for his baseball knowledge. Giambi has said he would retire if given the opportunity to manage. The Rockies declined to comment on the discussions with Weiss or any of their progress toward hiring a new manager. Major League Baseball discourages teams from making such news during the World Series. Other reported candidates for the job are Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Padres front-office assistant Brad Ausmus, Athletics third-base coach Mike Gallego, Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach and D-backs third-base coach Matt Williams, who is managing some of the Rockies' prospects in the Arizona Fall League. Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies' third-base coach, was mentioned in early reports but is not believed to be a candidate at this point.
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