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Walt Weiss Taking Over as Rockies Skipper

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Colorado Rockies hired former major league shortstop Walt Weiss as their new manager Wednesday night.

Weiss takes over the job from Jim Tracy, who resigned Oct. 7 with one-year left on a contract that would have payed him $1.4 million next season.

Last season, Weiss coached his son at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, leading the team to the state championship.

Weiss beat out Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams for the job.

Weiss played four seasons for the Rockies in the mid-nineties and was the 1988 American League Rookie of the Year. In his 14-year career he hit .258, with 623 runs scored and 386 RBIs.

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