MLB: Rockies name Walt Weiss manager and more tidbits
The Colorado Rockies announced that they have hired former MLB shortstop Walt Weiss as manager on Wednesday. Weiss, 48, has a history with the Rockies organization as not only a player, where he played from 1994-97, but he also was a special assistant to the GM from 2002-08.
This will be Weiss’ first managerial job at the major league level, but the Rockies hope he can help get the young club back on track after finishing in the basement, of the ever improving NL West last season, with a 64-98 record.
The Toronto Blue Jays are closing in on a deal with former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim infielder Maicer Izturis, according to reports. The Jays were looking for infield help and Izturis is hoping to get back on track after struggling last season with the Angels offensively. The 32-year old Izturis had a batting line of .256/.320/.315 last season, which was pretty far below his normal averages. He can still run and is a base stealing threat when he gets on base. Izturis is also a good defensive infielder, that can play third base, shortstop and second base.
The Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced the hiring of Mark McGwire, as the clubs new hitting coach on Wednesday, after a week of speculation that a deal was near. McGwire served as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach the previous three seasons, but wanted to return closer to his Irvine, California home.