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Jim Tracy resigns as manager of Rockies

Oct 7, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

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Sick of being left to twist in the wind, Jim Tracy resigned as manager of the Rockies on Sunday afternoon.

The Rockies were clearly wavering on bringing back Tracy, and this seems to be the best-case scenario for them, as it gets them out of a potentially messy situation. Tracy didn’t have a contract beyond 2013, but he did have some sort of handshake, indefinite-commitment deal that might have made firing him problematic.

But the Rockies needed to move on, something they’ve always struggled to do. Even though they’ve reached the postseason just three times in 20 years, they’ve been very resistant to change. Even this summer, when they finally sort of made a big move in the front office, they simply altered GM Dan O’Dowd’s duties rather than firing him. They even allowed him to keep his title.

Tracy took over the Rockies after Clint Hurdle was let go in 2009, and he went 74-42 the rest of the way before Colorado lost in the NLDS. In the years since, the Rockies had slipped from 92 to 83 to 73 and now a franchise-worst 64 wins in 2012.

It seems doubtful Tracy will get another managerial gig right away. He’s not going to be a fit in Boston. Perhaps Miami would consider him if Ozzie Guillen is fired, but that too is a long shot.

Among the managerial candidates the Rockies could consider are the Indians’ Sandy Alomar Jr., Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and new Phillies third-base coach Ryne Sandberg.

  1. redsoxsabres94 - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Mark my words, Jim Tracy will manage the Marlins. Ozzie will sit behind an ESPN desk with Bobby V. And Sandy Alomar Jr. will manage the Red Sox.

    • redsoxsabres94 - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      And Ryan Sandberg will manage the Rockies.

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        I think there is a chance the Rockies will hire Don Martinez instead of Ryan Sandberg

      • jelatin18 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Dear Ryno,

        If you should get a call from the 303 area code, change your number and throw your cell phone out the window. You deserve far better than the dysfunction that is the Rockies.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:16 PM

        Dear Dave Martinez,
        The advice jelatin18 gave to Ryne Sandberg applies to you as we’ll.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      It is a fine line between “Mark my words” and “Mock my words”. What percentage of those managerial prediction do you think will happen? .333% would be a very good batting average.

      • Jeremy T - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        While I think .333% might be accurate odds for these predictions, I’m pretty sure you meant either .333 or 33.3% :)

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Jim Tracy has not had a good history as a manager so I find it very difficult to defend him right now, regardless of the fact that when the Rockies win during the season it means they are lucky more than being a nicely run franchise.

    I think Jim’s time as a manager is up and, again, while he seems like a nice enough guy, I just don’t think he has the special ingredient to be a great manager. Maybe put him in a situation with amazing talent and see what happens, but I think his time is up in the bigs.

  3. personalspaceinvader - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    It is fairly obvious that the failings of the 2012 Rockies cannot be blamed on Jim Tracy but his records speak for themselves. The Rockies regressed every year under Tracy and it is very possible that the 2009 season was an aberration that resulted in the change from Hurdle. Teams frequently improve after a mid-season managerial change.

    Tracy is a good guy and is by all accounts, “a player’s manager”. But like most managers, he’s prone to playing favorites. He also has a history of irrational bullpen management, frequent lineup tinkering and micromanaging. As a Rockies fan with great memories of the 2009 season under Tracy, I wish him the best of luck and I wouldn’t mind if he followed the status quo and stayed with the organization in some capacity.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    We’re forgetting that Pete Mackanin was let go as Phillies Bench Coach. Red Sox interviewed him last year for the Manager position. He may well hit the market and attempt to get a gig somewhere.

  5. hoopmatch - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    And Jim Riggleman is still out there. 😉

  6. atfinch1984 - Oct 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Jim Tracy? More like Dick Tracy, if Dick Tracy liked baseball and Jim’s name were Dick.

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