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Sunday, October 07, 2012

AP: Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigns

DENVER—Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy has resigned.

The Rockies announced Sunday that Tracy had stepped down. Colorado finished last in the NL West this year and set a franchise record for losses while going 64-98.

Tripon Posted: October 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TerpNats Posted: October 07, 2012 at 06:07 PM (#4258338)
Well, one doubts Francona would have been interested in that opening, anyway. That's a tough place to manage; success can be achieved there, but you really have to think outside the box to get it.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: October 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM (#4258408)
I read somewhere the Jason Giambi was a candidate for the job.
   3. Austin Posted: October 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM (#4258513)
I hope nobody gives Tracy another managerial job.
   4. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM (#4258518)
I read somewhere the Jason Giambi was a candidate for the job.


A Colorado writer wrote that Giambi wasn't interested because he wants to keep playing.
   5. JoeHova Posted: October 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM (#4258525)
Funny, wasn't he the manager of the year 2 years ago?
   6. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 07, 2012 at 07:40 PM (#4258547)
Joe, tell it to Showalter. Twice within that time frame he's gone from MoY to gone.
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: October 07, 2012 at 07:43 PM (#4258553)
Funny, wasn't he the manager of the year 2 years ago?

Three years ago, which is three years longer than Joe Girardi lasted in Florida after winning MoY.
   8. Tyhand7 Posted: October 07, 2012 at 07:47 PM (#4258557)
Good riddance. Although, the next manager won't be stepping into any team of quality...
   9. Shock Posted: October 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM (#4258559)
tells you what a meaningless joke Moy is, based on criteria that probably has nothing to do with manager quality.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 07, 2012 at 08:17 PM (#4258574)
Davey Johnson was also canned after a Manager of the Year award - same day even.
   11. Tripon Posted: October 07, 2012 at 08:37 PM (#4258587)
The difference is that both Johnson and Giradi are both better managers. Jim Tracy is middling at best.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 09:16 PM (#4258627)
I hope nobody gives Tracy another managerial job.


I hope he spends the rest of his life pursued by a mob with torches and pitchforks.
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 09:16 PM (#4258629)
Funny, wasn't he the manager of the year 2 years ago?


Yes, but only because the voters temporarily lost their minds.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM (#4258693)

tells you what a meaningless joke Moy is, based on criteria that probably has nothing to do with manager quality.


Meaningless, but not worthless.
   15. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM (#4258875)
Jim Tracy certainly has his good points as a manager. These include:

* He's not afraid to put rookies in the lineup. This year, when Troy Tulowitzki got hurt, Tracy slapped Josh Rutledge out of AA into the lineup at shortstop and basically left him there the entire season.

* He uses the entire roster. If you play for Jim Tracy, you better expect to be on the field a lot.

* He's patient with a player if he thinks he can do the job. He's more than willing to wait out slumps.

* At least in Colorado, he was always very positive and well-liked.

And he's got some serious drawbacks, too:

* He's a very poor judge of talent. He doesn't seem to have any grasp of what makes a decent offense, so he ends up playing the kind of players he likes: grinders, aggressive players, guys who swing at a lot of pitches. He seems to make a lot of decisions about who can play based solely on the players' attitudes; boy, did they love Michael Cuddyer out here. He especially likes high-average hitters who don't do much else offensively.

* In a related issue, he doesn't like passive players, which means guys who will take ball four. The Rockies traded away several of their most patient hitters over the last off-season, including Seth Smith and Chris Iannetta. Dexter Fowler, who was probably the best player on the Rockies this year, had to fight for playing time early in the season, and ended up leading the team in walks with just 68.

* He's not much of a strategist. His lineup decisions are all over the map, and he wants very strict roles for his bullpen guys. He's terrible at knowing when to pinch-hit for his starting pitcher.

It's not a surprise that his two biggest successes, the 2004 Dodgers and the 2009 Rockies, came when he first took over the team. If the talent is already there, he does a pretty good job of giving it room to succeed. Once he starts making decisions about who can play and who can't, though, he's sunk.
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: October 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM (#4258876)

Yes, but only because the voters temporarily lost their minds.


Jim Tracy took over a club that was 10 games under .500 in 2009. The team proceeded to go 74-42 and take the wild card. Evil and otherwise middling though he may be, that's about as close as one can get to a MoY lock.

   17. Austin Posted: October 08, 2012 at 12:37 AM (#4258885)
At least in Colorado, he was always very positive and well-liked.

Can you elaborate? I don't follow the team closely enough to know what he's like day-to-day, but it seems like every time his name pops up in the news, he's throwing one of his players under the bus. I also remember him insisting that one of the Rockies' pitchers be available to play on the same day as the birth of his child, or the death of a family member, or something similarly heartless. I can't seem to find that story now, though.
   18. SoSH U at work Posted: October 08, 2012 at 12:42 AM (#4258887)
Can you elaborate? I don't follow the team closely enough to know what he's like day-to-day, but it seems like every time his name pops up in the news, he's throwing one of his players under the bus. I also remember him insisting that one of the Rockies' pitchers be available to play on the same day as the birth of his child, or the death of a family member, or something similarly heartless. I can't seem to find that story now, though.


You may be confusing his Rockie stint with posts from Vlad during his Rockie stint whenever Tracy has been mentioned in a thread.

Seriously, Tom follows the Rockies about as closely as anyone here, and, in contrast to other Tracy trackers at Primer, he's not insane. I'd trust his scouting report.
   19. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 08, 2012 at 12:48 AM (#4258892)
Seriously, Tom follows the Rockies about as closely as anyone here, and, in contrast to other Tracy trackers at Primer, he's not insane. I'd trust his scouting report.


Just because I'm insane doesn't mean that I'm wrong!
   20. puck Posted: October 08, 2012 at 01:08 AM (#4258908)
Can you elaborate? I don't follow the team closely enough to know what he's like day-to-day, but it seems like every time his name pops up in the news, he's throwing one of his players under the bus.

I do not recall him doing this to the Rockies. A couple of players have said that to a man, the team wanted him back, which doesn't sound like a team that gets thrown under the bus. Even this season, with all the horrible play, he was gentle with his public criticism--"we have to throw strikes," "you can't throw 60 pitches in the first 3 innings," etc. I don't consider that throwing someone under the bus--there were no Bobby Valentine type comments that I can recall.

I definitely don't recall the death of the child thing. Though my attention certainly waned this season.

Tom's rundown of his strengths/weaknesses seems really good, to me.
   21. Austin Posted: October 08, 2012 at 01:17 AM (#4258913)
Hmm. Perhaps my memory is misguiding me, or else Vlad really has led me astray. I suppose I'll just view this as a typical "bad season, fire the manager" situation, then.
   22. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: October 08, 2012 at 01:24 AM (#4258917)
Hmm. Perhaps Vlad really has led me astray...

What do you expect from a guy who impales people???
   23. Austin Posted: October 08, 2012 at 01:26 AM (#4258918)
Crispix posted in the other thread that "he told Salomon Torres and Jack Wilson to come back early from paternity leave in mid-September, because missing both of them would mean he might be accused of fielding a not-strong-enough team against playoff contenders." This must be what I was thinking of.
   24. Tyhand7 Posted: October 08, 2012 at 06:20 AM (#4258941)
Nawrocki's assessment is pretty spot on. The Rockies went on that run in 09 because it was a decent team and no one was hitting early in the season. Jimenez, de la Rosa, Hammel, Marquis and Cook had a great stretch of starts after Tracy took over. Tulowitzki became star material. Tracy gave CarGo a shot in left, he struggled early on but had a great 2nd half. Fowler emerged in CF. Helton was healthy. Hawpe had his last good season. Everything worked out. Was the success due to Tracy?
   25. Vailsoxfan Posted: October 08, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4259097)
It seemed like in 2009 he was able to pick out the right guys and let them play. Early that year Clint Hurdle had been messing with Ian Stewart at 2nd base, had Cargo in AAA and had Dexter Fowler and SEth Smith in and out of the lineup. Tracy seemed to figure Stewart was decent at 3rd, gave Cargo, Fowler and Smith roles and of course Helton and Tulo gave them great years.

My question is how much power did he have in the purge last winter? First getting rid of Ubaldo then all the patient low average power type guys. Then he has dicked around with Dexter Fowler since 2009 with him getting benched every time he takes a called strike 3. All to get EY some CF time it seems.

It will be interesting to see where they take all this.
   26. Tyhand7 Posted: October 08, 2012 at 02:16 PM (#4259243)
Yeah, the handling of both Fowler and ianetta was questionable. And I questioned EY getting 200 pa's three years in a row

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