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Jim Tracy on Ian Stewart: “He’s either going to play his way in or play his way off the team”

May 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Demoting their starting third baseman of the past two seasons to Triple-A because of a bad first two weeks was a pretty strong indication that the Rockies have soured on Ian Stewart and yesterday manager Jim Tracy made that even more obvious.

When asked why Stewart batted eighth in the Rockies’ lineup, Tracy told Troy Renck of the Denver Post:

I don’t want Ian to hit eighth. But unfortunately he’s not giving me much choice. We are getting to the point with him that’s it time for him to fish or cut bait. He’s either going to play his way in or play his way off the team.

There’s no spinning how bad Stewart has been this season, going 3-for-41 (.073) with 17 strikeouts, but 41 horrendous at-bats are still just 41 at-bats and he came into the season as a 26-year-old with a .782 OPS in 1,282 plate appearances.

At this point it might be best for everyone involved if the Rockies find a trade for Stewart.

  1. jdl1325 - May 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    The A’s have a big need a 3rd. That being said, I wouldn’t give too much for Stewart.

  2. jamie54 - May 9, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Padres should pick him up, he’ll bat fourth in that order.

  3. mattreedkelly - May 13, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    I’d love to see the Mets get in on it. If they trade wright than some with potential like stewart would be interesting

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