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Friday, September 20, 2013
Report: Walt Weiss to return

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Walt Weiss will return as manager of the Colorado Rockies next season, team owner Dick Monfort told the Denver Post on Friday.

Weiss signed a one-year deal after replacing Jim Tracy, but that contract now has reportedly been extended to a second year.

Weiss negotiated the one-year deal himself in order prove he was capable and to see how his family life was affected by the job.

"It was up to him. We are trying to figure out a way where the contract is not an issue. He's done a good job. He's improved, he's been loyal," Monfort told the newspaper. "I have seen a lot of growth. I am pleased with him."

Weiss told the Denver Post he is ready to return.

"I want to come back," he said. "I am planning on it. I just figured there will be a time where they come to me about it. I wasn't going to initiate anything. That's not my place. I enjoy it. I definitely want to continue doing this."

The Rockies entered Friday night's game against the Diamondbacks with 70-84 mark. Despite being stuck in the NL West basement, that record is a six-game improvement from last season.

Weiss, a 1998 NL All-Star shortstop, won the 1988 Rookie of the Year award as a member of the Rockies.