Former A’s shortstop Walt Weiss finds surprising new home in Colorado dugout.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It was good to catch up for a minute with one of the A’s of an earlier era, Walt Weiss, the new manager of the Colorado Rockies.

Weiss was the shortstop on the 1988 A’s team when he became the third consecutive Oakland player to win Rookie of the Year honors, following in the wake of Jose Canseco (1986) and Mark McGwire (1987).

   He went on to play 13 years in the big leagues, including four in Colorado when he had arguably his best season – .282, eight homers, 89 runs scored and 10 steals. He was out of pro baseball, coaching at Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo. at this time a year ago.

And now he’s manager of the Rockies.

“I didn’t see this coming,’’ Weiss said just before the start of the A’s-Rockies game at the Talking Stick complex. He’d been a special assistant to Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd from 2002-08, then left to spend more time with his family.

There are probably ways to spend less time with one’s family, but being the manager of a big league team has to rank in the top 10. Even So, Weiss says he’s up for the challenge of replacing Jim Tracy, who resigned in the midges of a Rockies’ power struggle.

“I don’t think it’s going to be easy,’’ Weiss said. “But we’ll see where it goes.’’

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.