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Weiss as manager of the Colorado Rockies in 2013
Colorado Rockies – No. 22
|Shortstop / Manager|
Born: November 28, 1963|
Tuxedo, New York
|July 12, 1987 for the Oakland Athletics|
Last MLB appearance
|October 1, 2000 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through April 15, 2015)
|Runs batted in||386|
Career highlights and awards
Weiss was a member of the
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Initially drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round of the
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At the age of 23, he made his first major league appearance for the Oakland Athletics in September
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Limited by prior injuries, he didn't play much in
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He played in 158 games in
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In December 1997, he signed with the Atlanta Braves and became their starting shortstop, hitting .280 and making the All-Star team for the only time in his career in 1998. The Braves finished with 106 wins but lost the NL pennant to the San Diego Padres, but he was slowed by injuries and appeared in less than a hundred games for the first time since 1991. The next season, his decline continued with a disappointing .226 batting average.
In Game 3 of the 1999 NLDS against the Houston Astros, however, he made a stunning defensive play to save the season. In the bottom of the tenth, with the bases loaded, one out and the score tied, Tony Eusebio hit a sharp grounder up the middle. Weiss ranged hard to his left, fell on his stomach and threw to home for the force. After the game, he said the ball nearly ripped the glove off his hand. Weiss and the Braves went on to win the game, and with it the division series, on their way to the NL pennant and the 1999 World Series, which they lost to the New York Yankees.
In 2000 he only had 192 at-bats, mostly due to losing the starting shortstop job to the emergent Rafael Furcal, who would go on to win Rookie of the Year just like Weiss twelve years prior. He retired after the season.
Weiss' charitable contributions have included numerous donations to Watertown High School in Watertown, New York. In addition, the baseball field at his alma mater, Suffern High School, is named after him.
After retiring from the Braves as a player following the 2000 season, he returned to the Rockies as a special instructor and adviser to the front office from 2002 to 2008. He left that job to spend more time with his family, but eventually returned to baseball as head varsity coach for Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, where in his first season in that capacity he led the team to the 5A semifinals.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Walt Weiss managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com
- SI Article about Weiss' ordeal with ill son
- ESPN.com Profile
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