November 07, 2012

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- With the baseball general managers' meetings taking place at a hotel owned by Rockies owner Dick Monfort, Colorado officials are meeting this week to discuss a successor for manager Jim Tracy.

Walt Weiss and Matt Williams are thought to be the favorites to replace Tracy, who quit Oct. 7 following a last-place finish in the NL West. Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells and first baseman Jason Giambi also interviewed.

Monfort has been meeting with general manager Dan O'Dowd and senior vice president of major league operations Bill Geivett at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Geivett wouldn't say whether a decision could be made during the annual GM sessions, which end Friday.

"I think the meetings that we have will determine that, as far as time frame," he said. "I think we've worked through a number of candidates and the issues. We're still discussing."

He said no more interviews are planned.

"How we look at it is who's going to be the best fit with our players and our club," he said. "Nobody's been told they're out of it - except for Romney," a reference to losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Weiss, the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland, played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant to O'Dowd for several years starting in 2002. He left to spend more time with his family and currently is varsity baseball coach at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver.

"He would take trips in the minor leagues. He was always around with the major league club at home, as well," Geivett said. "I know Walt pretty well."

Williams, a five-time All-Star third baseman, has been Arizona's third base coach the last two seasons after a year coaching first base. Before that, he was a Diamondbacks' broadcaster for five years.

"I played against him in college when he was at UNLV," Geivett said. "No real personal contact."

The 2007 Mitchell Report on drugs in baseball referenced a report by the San Francisco Chronicle that said Williams bought $11,600 worth of growth hormone, steroids and other drugs in 2002. Williams said a doctor advised him to try growth hormone to heal an injured ankle. HGH was not banned by baseball at that time.

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