Walt Weiss Speaker Profile
Walt Weiss Biography
Walt Weiss was born November 28, 1963 and is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball and current manager of the Colorado Rockies.
Weiss was a member of the 1998 National League All-Star Team. He also won the 1988 Rookie of the Year award.
Initially drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round of the 1982 amateur draft, Weiss decided to put his professional baseball career on hold and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In June 1985, Weiss was the 12th overall pick in the 1985 draft.
At the age of 23, Weiss made his first major league appearance for the Oakland Athletics in September 1987. The club was impressed enough with the young shortstop's talent that they traded starter Alfredo Griffin that December, ensuring Weiss would assume a starting job in the 1988 season. Weiss' 1988 season had low offensive numbers as he batted .250 with three home runs, 39 RBIs and 44 runs scored, but the shortstop's defensive wizardry helped lead the A's to their first American League pennant since 1974. The 1988 World Series was a rematch of the 1974 matchup, with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the National League pennant. Weiss made a costly error in Game Four of the matchup that allowed the Dodgers to win the Series in five games. Following the season Weiss was awarded the American League Rookie of the Year Award, becoming the third consecutive Oakland player to win the award, following Jos Canseco and Mark McGwire. He was also selected for the 1988 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster.
Weiss has been linked to various charitable acts, including repeated donations to Watertown High School in Watertown, New York. In addition, the baseball field at Weiss' 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 2002-08. He left that job to spend more time with his family.
Weiss was the head varsity coach for Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, where in his first season as head coach he led the team to the 5A semifinals.
Weiss was signed on November 7th, 2012 to be the manager of the Colorado Rockies.
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