KUSA - Walt Weiss isn't one to be indirect.
The second year manager for the Rockies now knows his team and won't be learning their tendencies as much as spring training gets underway from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. In a team meeting with the club Sunday, Weiss laid the groundwork for what he expects from them this year.
"I talked about some of the things we did well last year and some areas I felt like we got some traction last year and some areas that we need to get better at," Weiss said. He didn't want to get into the particulars of the gathering too much other than effort and execution would be emphasized.
"I tried to talk about it openly, honestly and keep the message real," he said.
Colorado finished last in the National League West in Weiss' first year on the job. After a hot start they finished a disappointing 74-88, but there is still a air of confidence in the clubhouse - with the acquisition of Justin Morneau, Drew Stubbs, the health of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez and a unusually deep pitching staff - coming into this season.
"It was just to reinforce some of the things that we've talked about in the past; who we want to be and how we want to play the game and how important our identity is," Weiss asserted. "It was all about playing hard and playing the game right."
This philosophical message was communicated to the entire roster and will be the base for Weiss and the Rockies throughout the season.
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