Weinstein named Rockies' Double-A manager

Weinstein named Rockies' Double-A manager

DENVER -- Jerry Weinstein, who has been in college and professional baseball since 1966 and is currently managing Team Israel for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, was named manager for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, the Rockies announced Thursday.

Weinstein, 73, is beginning his 11th season in the Rockies' system -- a stint that includes two seasons at the Major League level (2012 and '13) as catching and defensive positioning coach. He spent the 2016 season as the Rockies' special instructor to player development.

"I'm really excited and happy to be back as part of the Rockies development team," Weinstein said. "I really like the challenge of working with players who are intent on becoming championship, big league Rockie players. I'll get to Spring Training a little late after doing everything I can to help Team Israel make their mark in the WBC."

Weinstein is also known for his almost-daily -- and sometimes more frequent -- posts on Facebook and Twitter dedicated to fundamentals and unique ways players accomplish tasks on the field.

The Rockies have yet to announce full Minor League managing and coaching assignments. Darin Everson managed the Hartford club last season.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.