Jim Tracy (baseball)

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Jim Tracy
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Walking out to discuss a call with an umpire.
Outfielder / Manager
Born: (1955-12-31) December 31, 1955 (age 58)
Hamilton, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 1980 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1981 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 14
Games managed 1,736
Win–loss record 856–880
Winning % .493
Teams

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

James Edwin Tracy (born December 31, 1955) is the former manager of the Colorado Rockies. Tracy was named manager of the Rockies after previous manager, Clint Hurdle, was fired on May 29, 2009.[1] He has accumulated two playoff wins in his 11 year managerial career.

Playing career[edit]

He was an All-America baseball player at Marietta College, a NCAA Division III institution in Ohio.

Tracy played as an outfielder for parts of two seasons with the Chicago Cubs in 1980–81. He also played two seasons in Japan with the Yokohama Taiyo Whales in 1983–84.

Managing career[edit]

Tracy worked as a minor league manager for several organizations. He is featured as the manager of the 1988 Peoria Chiefs in the book "The Boys Who Would Be Cubs", by Joseph Bosco [1]. Tracy later served as the bench coach of the Montreal Expos (under manager Felipe Alou), and the Dodgers (under manager Davey Johnson) in 1999 and 2000.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Tracy was manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2001 to 2005, compiling 4 winning seasons and a 427–383 record. With Tracy as manager, the Dodgers won the National League's West division in 2004 but lost 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. On October 3, 2005, after finishing the season at 71-91, Tracy and the Dodgers agreed to part ways citing "philosophical differences."[2]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

He was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 11, 2005. In two disappointing seasons in Pittsburgh, he compiled a 135–189 record. Tracy was fired by the Pirates on October 5, 2007.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

Jim Tracy was hired as bench coach for the Colorado Rockies in November 2008. On May 29, 2009, Clint Hurdle was fired with an 18–28 record, and Tracy was named to replace him. Tracy led the Rockies to the postseason, with a 74–42 (.638) record after taking over as manager, but lost the NLDS to the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 3 games to 1. For his efforts in the 2009 season, Tracy was named Sporting News' NL Manager of the Year and the National League Manager of the Year Award as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

In 2010, the Rockies lost 13 of their last 14 games, collapsing from a 1/2 game deficit in the wild card race to finish 7 games behind an Atlanta Braves team that went 6-8 in the same span. In 2011, the Rockies began the season with an 11-2 record before finishing the season with a 62-87 (.416) run that landed them in 4th place.

After the 2011 season, the Rockies rewarded Tracy with an "indefinite" contract extension.[3] The Rockies went on to accumulate a 37-65 record (.363) through August 1, leading to a front office reshuffle that left Jim Tracy and his staff intact. Tracy resigned as manager of the Rockies on October 7, 2012, following a disappointing and injury plagued 2012 season that saw the Rockies finish 64-98, the worst record in franchise history.[4]

Personal life[edit]

His oldest son, Brian, played baseball at UC Santa Barbara, and was drafted in 2007 by the Pirates. He is now a scout for the Pirates. His son Chad plays in Triple-A for the Colorado Rockies organization. He was the first catcher drafted in the 2006 draft when he was drafted in the third round. Chad Tracy, along with Bryan LaHair and Nick Stavinoha, led the Triple-A in runs batted in with 109 in 2011.

His youngest son, Mark, currently plays baseball for the Winston-Salem Dash, the Carolina League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

Tracy is not related to Chad Tracy, who plays with the Washington Nationals. [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stapleton, Arnie. "Rockies fire manager Clint Hurdle". Yahoo! Sports. May 29, 2009. On November 18, 2009, Tracy was named manager of the year. He is only the second manager of the year to be hired midseason, joining Jack McKeon for the Florida Marlins.
  2. ^ "Tracy out as Dodgers' manager". Associated Press. October 4, 2005.
  3. ^ "Rockies Manager Jim Tracy Has Indefinite Contract Extension". "Huffington Post". February 20, 2012.
  4. ^ http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121007&content_id=39574274&vkey=news_col&c_id=col
  5. ^ Renck, Troy E. (August 11, 2009). "Mailbag: Too legit to sit". Denver Post. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pete Mackanin
Peoria Chiefs Manager
1987–1988
Succeeded by
Brad Mills
Preceded by
Tom Runnells
Chattanooga Lookouts Manager
1989–1991
Succeeded by
Dave Miley
Preceded by
Mike Quade
Harrisburg Senators Manager
1993
Succeeded by
Dave Jauss
Preceded by
Mike Quade
Ottawa Lynx Manager
1993
Succeeded by
Pete Mackanin
Preceded by
Mike Scioscia
Los Angeles Dodgers Bench Coach
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Jim Riggleman
Preceded by
Jamie Quirk
Colorado Rockies Bench Coach
2009
Succeeded by
Tom Runnells