Former Tar Heel and 14-year Major League veteran Walt Weiss was named the Colorado Rockies manager on Wednesday.
Weiss starred for the Tar Heels from 1983-85 as he earned All-ACC honors every year on campus before being drafted 11th overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 1985 MLB Draft.
Weiss would make his debut in 1987 before earning the American League Rookie of the Year in 1988. The shortstop would help the Athletics claim the 1989 World Series in just his second full season with the big league club.
The Florida Marlins would trade for Weiss prior to their innagural season in 1993 where Weiss would play for a year before becoming a free agent.
Weiss would go on to sign as a free agent with the Rockies before the 1994 season and played four years in Colorado before closing out his career with a three-year stint with the Atlanta Braves. Weiss earned an all-star bid with the Braves in his first season with the club.
Weiss would retire to the Denver area and assist the Rockies' front office from 2002-08.
This past year saw Weiss coaching high school baseball in Aurora, Colo. before becoming Colorado's sixth manager on Wednesday.