Tracy Receives Extension, Honor

November 18, 2009 | 12:30 pm | 5  

The release from the Colorado Rockies:

The Colorado Rockies greed to terms with Manager Jim Tracy on a three-year contract through 2012.

Along with Tracy, the entire 2009 Rockies coaching staff which consisted of Pitching Coach Bob Apodaca, Hitting Coach Don Baylor, Third Base/Infield Coach Rich Dauer, Bench Coach Tom Runnels, First Base Coach Glenallen Hill and Bullpen Coach Jim Wright have all agreed to return for the 2010 season.

Additionally, Tracy was named 2009 National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. This is the second time Tracy has been honored for the 2009 season. He also received the Sporting News’ National League Manager of the Year in October.

Tracy, 53, led the Rockies to a record of 74-42 (.638) in his first season as manager of the team. The fifth manager in club history, he took over on May 29, 2009, when the team had a record of 18-28. From May 29 through the end of the season the Rockies were 32 games over .500 and posted the second-best record in the Major Leagues in that span, trailing only the World Champion New York Yankees’ mark of 76-39 (.661).

The club finished with a franchise-record 92 wins (92-70) and a franchise-best .568 winning percentage. Colorado earned a postseason berth by capturing the National League Wild Card for the second time in the past three years. Tracy became the third manager in Rockies history to lead his team to the postseason, joining Baylor (1995) Clint Hurdle (2007).

By reaching the playoffs in 2009, the Rockies became just the 16th team in history to advance to the postseason after replacing a manager in-season.

The 2009 campaign marked Tracy’s first with the Rockies, as he was hired as a bench coach on November 24, 2008. Tracy has managed eight seasons in the Majors, compiling a record of 636-614 (.509) with Colorado (2009), Pittsburgh (2006-07) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2001-05).

During his time with the Dodgers, the team posted winning records in four of five seasons under Tracy. He led the 2004 club to a first-place finish in the National League West. For his efforts that season, Tracy finished third in the National League Manager of the Year (BBWAA) balloting.

Tracy is the second manager in franchise history to earn the BBWAA National League Manager of the Year Award, joining Don Baylor (1995). Additionally, Tracy is the first member of the Colorado Rockies organization to receive an award of any type from the BBWAA since Jason Jennings was named National League Rookie of the Year in 2002.

Tracy has 32 seasons of experience in professional baseball as a manager, coach, and as a player. He served four seasons (1995-98) as bench coach of the Montreal Expos under manager Felipe Alou and two seasons (1999-2000) as the Dodgers bench coach under manager Davey Johnson. He also spent seven seasons in the Montreal organization as a minor league manager with Peoria, Chattanooga, Harrisburg and Ottawa. Tracy was named Eastern League Manager of the Year in 1993.

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5 Comments »

  • Steve N | November 18, 2009 | 12:35 pm

    Great news all around! I know Baylor took some flak from some fans (I thought he did a good job), and I’m happy to see him coming back as well.

  • Mellow Nomah | November 18, 2009 | 1:59 pm

    After coming from so far behind to win a playoff berth and a great record, one has to worry that the Rox might start off cocky next year, resulting in another atrocious start to the season. A real test of Tracy’s managing acumen will be whether or not he can get the team to start strong and stay that way. Just think how things might’ve turned out had we won, say, 5 more games in April and May: we would have won the division and perhaps faced a different sequence of teams in the playoffs.

    Congrats to Jim Tracy for a well deserved accolade. Is it next season yet?

  • Brian H | November 18, 2009 | 3:09 pm

    Congratulations to Jim Tracy.

    Tracy – any word on O’Dowd getting an extension yet?

  • Will | November 18, 2009 | 3:24 pm

    Congratulations, Jim!

  • Tracy Ringolsby | November 18, 2009 | 11:46 pm

    O’Dowds extension should be announced real soon. Don’t think they wanted to do both on the same day. From talking with O’Dowd and other GMs it is apparent that O’Dowd is staying. He’s working on things for the coming season, moving along. To O’Dowd the priority was taking care of Tracy’s situation and the coaches.