Walt Weiss exploded onto the Bay Area sports scene with the Oakland Athletics. Despite hitting only .250, the scrappy, defensive-minded shortstop was the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year, becoming the third consecutive Oakland player to win the award (following Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire).
Over the next several years, Weiss struggled with injuries and at the plate. Clearly, Canseco and McGwire never told Weiss about steroids, because in six years in Oakland, he hit eight homeruns total and never hit over .265. After hitting .212 in 1992, the A’s traded him to the expansion Florida Marlins for Eric Helfand. Yes, the Eric Helfand.
Weiss had a career resurrection of sorts in the National League. He spent the rest of his years with the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves (including a 1998 All Star appearance) before hanging up the cleats after the 2000 season.
Weiss now lives in Colorado with his wife and three kids. He is very active in charities and the like. Which is nice.
Walt Weiss [Wikipedia]