Weiss hits back at Tulowitzki's Rockies dig


Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss insisted his team are mentally tough after Troy Tulowitzki criticised his former side for becoming too comfortable at their spring-training facility.

Tulowitzki - still seething after he was traded by the Rockies to the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB last season - said he was relieved to be training in Dunedin, Florida, rather than the state-of-the-art surrounds at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which he believes has made the Rockies soft.

Weiss took issue with Tulowitzki's comments as he defended the Rockies and their training facility.

"I think that's the furthest thing from the truth," Weiss told reporters on Monday.

"We have a nice place here and we're proud of it, but our guys are mentally tough and they compete. I have no issue with our guys being soft or country-clubbish. Our guys are the opposite of that.

"It's a great facility. It's beautiful. We talk about gaining a competitive edge because of this facility. A facility doesn't change their mentality. We've got guys who work hard, play hard and compete extremely well."

Tulowitzki, who helped the Blue Jays to the American League Championship Series last season, was speaking in an interview with USA Today.

The former Rockies All-Star did not pull any punches when asked about the trade by Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich that sent Tulowitzki to Canada in July.

"I'll never talk to him, never talk to those people," Tulowitzki said. "You get lied to, straight to your face, you get upset.

"I believe in forgiveness, but at the same time, I don't plan on being friendly with them, or anything like that."