November 14, 1980 |
|June 8, 2006 for the Chicago White Sox|
Last MLB appearance
|September 26, 2006 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||3.38|
Sean Patrick Tracey (born November 14, 1980 in Upland, California) is an American former professional baseball right-handed pitcher. He appeared in seven games with the Chicago White Sox in 2006, all as a relief pitcher.
Tracey played both football and baseball in his first year at Citrus College in Glendora, CA. In baseball, he earned All-American honors his second baseball season at Citrus. In football, Sean was a backup quarterback to his brother Ryan at Citrus in 1999.
Tracey was selected by Chicago White Sox in the 8th round (240th overall) of 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut that season in rookie ball with the Bristol White Sox of the Appalachian League. Over the next four seasons, he worked his way up through the White Sox organization, reaching triple-A in 2006 with the Charlotte Knights.
Major league debut
Tracey made his Major League Baseball debut with the White Sox on June 8, 2006, against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. In his debut, Tracey pitched two innings and surrendered 1 hit and no runs while striking out two. He appeared in seven games for Chicago, all in relief.
Tracey was involved in a controversial situation on June 14, 2006. With the White Sox down by 8 runs, manager Ozzie Guillén brought in Tracey to face Texas Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock in retaliation for White Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski being hit by pitches in his first two at-bats. After attempting to hit Blalock and missing, Guillen removed Tracey from the game, despite Tracey retiring Blalock. Guillen verbally berated Tracey in the dugout. Tracey was demoted to the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, the next day because the White Sox had already acquired another pitcher in an unrelated trade.
Back to the minors
On March 23, 2007, Sean was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles and spent the entire season in the minors battling an injury sustained in 2006. After missing the entire 2008 season due to surgery, he became a free agent.
In February 2009, Tracey signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He went down in a spring training game with an injury related to the 2008 surgery, and was released in June of 2009 having never pitched in a regular-season game in the Angels organization.
In July 2009, still injured, Tracey appeared in one game for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, pitching just one-third of an inning, striking out one, giving up six runs on five walks and one hit batsman. In 2010, Tracey had surgery for his 2009 injury. He resumed pitching with the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association in 2013, and returned to that team in 2014.
- Sean Tracey profile at UC Irvine Baseball
- Sters in MLB
- "University of California, Irvine Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on 2012-08-14. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- Sean Tracey page at Baseball-Reference
- Sean Tracey page at Minors@Baseball-Reference
- Rookie doesn't hit Blalock; demoted next day