The Colorado Rockies hired former big-league shortstop Walt Weiss as their new manager Wednesday. The rookie skipper was signed to a one-year deal.
In his 14 major-league seasons, Weiss played with the Oakland Athletics, the Florida Marlins, the Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves. He was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1988 and a National League All-Star in 1998, when the All-Star Game was played at Denver’s Coors Field.
Weiss played in the Midwest League as an A’s farmhand in 1986. He hit .301 with 2 HR, 54 RBI and 12 SB in 84 games with the Madison Muskies.
Red Sox hire Nieves as pitching coach
The Boston Red Sox hired former big-league pitcher Juan Nieves as their new pitching coach. He spent the past 14 seasons with the Chicago White Sox organization — nine years as a minor-league pitching coach and the past five years as Chicago’s bullpen coach.
Nieves will be working alongside new Red Sox manager John Farrell, who pitched for the Midwest League’s Waterloo Indians in 1984.
Nieves’ major-league career was limited to three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers because of injuries. The Midwest League’s Beloit Brewers were his first professional baseball team — he went 7-1 with a 1.30 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 69.1 IP for them in 1983. The Beloit Brewers were also the last affiliated baseball team for which Nieves pitched — he went 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 29.1 IP for them in 1990 before hanging up his spikes at age 25. (Nieves attempted one more comeback in 1998, when he pitched five games with the independent-league Sioux Falls Canaries.)
Nieves threw a no-hitter for the Brewers in 1987.