Walt Weiss is making the rare jump from the high school dugout to the big leagues.
The Colorado Rockies hired the former major league shortstop to replace manager Jim Tracy, who resigned last month with one year and $1.4 million left on his contract rather than return to a club for which an assistant general manager had moved into an office in the clubhouse.
The 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland, Weiss played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994 to 1997 and was a special assistant to general manager Dan O’Dowd from 2002 to 2008.
He left to spend more time with his family and last season coached Regis Jesuit High School, in the suburbs of Denver, to a 20-6 record and the 5A semifinals of the state championship. Weiss’ son, Brody, is in his senior year at the school.
The Rockies made the announcement after owner Dick Monfort and top officials deliberated at the general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. .
A team spokesman said Weiss would be introduced at a news conference today at Coors Field.
“It was a lot of different things,” O’Dowd said before suggesting senior vice president of major league operations Bill Geivett speak about Weiss’ hiring. Geivett didn’t immediately return phone messages.
Weiss and Arizona coach Matt Williams were the finalists to replace Tracy, who quit following the worst season in franchise history. Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells and first baseman Jason Giambi also interviewed.
The 48-year-old Weiss spent parts of 14 seasons in the major leagues, also playing for Oakland (1987-92), Florida (1993) and Atlanta (1998-2000). A .258 career hitter, he was an All-Star in the 1998 game at Coors Field.
Izturis signs with Blue Jays • Infielder Maicer Izturis became the first major league free agent this offseason to join a new team, agreeing to a $10 million, three-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
A spokesman for the team said the deal was for $3 million annually. The team has a $3 million option for 2016 with a $1 million buyout.
The 32-year-old hit .256 with 17 steals in 19 tries, two homers and 20 RBIs this year for the Angels. After reaching the big leagues with the Montreal Expos in 2004, Izturis spent eight years in Anaheim. He has a .273 career average with 81 steals.
Toronto also purchased righthander Jeremy Jeffress from Kansas City. He was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 relief appearances this year. The Royals traded lefthander Tommy Hottovy to Texas for a player to be named or cash. He had no record and a 2.89 ERA in nine relief appearances.
Martinez is Marlins hitting coach • Tino Martinez was hired as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach and will work with new manager Mike Redmond.
Martinez, a first baseman in the majors for 16 years, has been a special assistant with the New York Yankees and worked an analyst for the YES Network. Martinez had a career average of .271 with 339 home runs for the Yankees, Mariners, Cardinals and Rays.
Fisk DUI update • Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk could lose his driver’s license for a year for refusing to take blood alcohol tests after a drunken driving arrest.
The Herald-News in Joliet, Ill., reported that Fisk’s attorney appeared at a hearing and filed motions to fight the license suspension and suppress evidence. Fisk was not in court. He was arrested last month after police found him asleep in his pickup truck in a cornfield southwest of Chicago. Police said the 64-year-old former ballplayer was behind the wheel with an open bottle of vodka on the floor.