Andy Tracy

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Andy Tracy
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: (1973-12-11) December 11, 1973 (age 43)
Bowling Green, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 2000, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2009, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average .231
Home runs 13
Runs batted in 43
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Michael Tracy (born December 11, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He is an alumnus of Bowling Green State University.

Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 16th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft,[1] Tracy made his Major League Baseball debut with the Expos on April 25, 2000.

Tracy compiled what would become a career high .260 batting average with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 2000. Tracy split time backing up Expos starting first baseman Lee Stevens and starting third baseman Michael Barrett.

Tracy entered Spring Training of 2001 competing for the starting third base position. The position was vacated when Barrett moved to the catcher position. Tracy competed with Geoff Blum, Fernando Tatís, Mike Mordecai, and Ryan Minor for the position, which ultimately went to Blum. After compiling a mere .109 batting average with 2 home runs and 8 RBI throughout the season, Tracy was selected off waivers from the Expos by the New York Mets on March 27, 2002.

Tracy would not appear at the MLB level again until the 2004 season.

He spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons in the minor league systems of the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies, respectively.

Tracy returned to the majors in 2004, appearing in 15 games for the Rockies, serving primarily as a pinch hitter. A .188 batting average with no home runs and one RBI was Tracy's offensive result by season's end.

Tracy began the 2005 season playing for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Triple-AAA affiliate of the Rockies.

Midway through the season he left the Rockies organization and finished the campaign playing for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League.

The 2006 and 2007 seasons saw Tracy return to playing in the minor league systems of MLB's Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets, with no appearances in the majors.

Tracy was invited to attend Spring Training with the Philadelphia Phillies as a non-roster invitee prior to the 2008 season, but was assigned to minor league camp on March 9, 2008. Tracy was assigned to the Phillies' Triple-AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, in Allentown, Pennsylvania until his call up to Philadelphia on August 23, 2008. Before his call-up Tracy had not appeared at the MLB level since October 3, 2004. Tracy was designated for assignment on August 27 and was outrighted to the minors, but returned when the rosters expanded on September 1. He broke his hand, while playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, late in 2008 as a result of a line drive which ended his season. The Phillies announced on September 9, 2009 that they would be releasing veteran pitcher Rodrigo López to make room on the roster for Tracy. The Phillies would win the World Series in 2008 and the National League pennant in 2009. Though Tracy was not an active member of the postseason roster in either season, he did accompany the club throughout the playoffs.

On August 5, 2010 it was announced that Tracy would be pulled from the IronPigs line up and benched to allow Matt Rizzotti to become the everyday first baseman after he was very successful for the Reading Phillies.[2] According to Matt Eddy of baseballamerica.com, Tracy became a free agent after the 2010 season ended.[3]

Tracy signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 25, 2010 and was invited to 2011 Spring Training.[4] After the 2011 season, he retired and was named manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies class A farm team.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pitchers dominate first round of draft". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. AP. 5 June 1995. p. 22. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Double Whammy for Tracy ...". TheMorningCall.com. August 5, 2010. Accessed June 19, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Minor League Free Agents 2010". Baseball America. November 10, 2010. Accessed June 19, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Former Lehigh Valley IronPigs slugger Andy Tracy signs with Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. ^ "Andy Tracy named to manage Cutters". MiLB.com. November 21, 2011. Accessed June 19, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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