Jim Tracy
Tracy with the Colorado Rockies
Outfielder / Manager
Born: (1955-12-31) December 31, 1955 (age 68)
Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 20, 1980, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: April 9, 1983, for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales
Last appearance
MLB: September 30, 1981, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: April 8, 1984, for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales
MLB statistics
Batting average.249
Home runs3
Runs batted in14
Managerial record856–880
Winning %.493
NPB statistics
Batting average.301
Home runs20
Runs batted in68
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

James Edwin Tracy (born December 31, 1955) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) manager and player. He played for the Chicago Cubs in 1980 and 1981, and has managed the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Colorado Rockies. Tracy was named Manager of the Year in 2009, only the second manager to win the award after being hired mid-season, joining Jack McKeon for the Florida Marlins.

Playing career

Tracy was an All-America baseball player at Marietta College, an NCAA Division III institution in Ohio. In 1976, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League and was named a league all-star.[1][2]

He played as an outfielder for parts of two seasons with the Chicago Cubs in 1980–81. He also played two seasons in Japan with the Yokohama Taiyo Whales in 1983–84.

Managing career

Tracy worked as a minor league manager for several organizations including the Ottawa Lynx in 1994. He is featured as the manager of the 1988 Peoria Chiefs in the book "The Boys Who Would Be Cubs", by Joseph Bosco [1]. Tracy later served as the bench coach of the Montreal Expos (under manager Felipe Alou), and the Dodgers (under manager Davey Johnson) in 1999 and 2000.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Tracy was manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2001 to 2005, compiling four winning seasons and a 427–383 record. With Tracy as manager, the Dodgers won the National League West division in 2004 but lost 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. On October 3, 2005, after finishing the season at 71-91, Tracy and the Dodgers agreed to part ways citing "philosophical differences."[3]

Pittsburgh Pirates

Tracy was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 11, 2005. In two disappointing seasons in Pittsburgh, he compiled a 135–189 record. Tracy was fired by the Pirates on October 5, 2007.

Colorado Rockies

Tracy was hired as bench coach for the Colorado Rockies in November 2008.[4] On May 29, 2009, Clint Hurdle was fired with an 18–28 record, and Tracy was named to replace him.[5] Tracy led the Rockies to the postseason, with a 74–42 (.638) record after taking over as manager, but lost the NLDS to the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 3 games to 1. For his efforts in the 2009 season, Tracy won the National League Manager of the Year Award as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He was also named the NL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News. On November 19, 2009, Tracy was rewarded with a three-year contract extension.[6]

In 2010, the Rockies lost 13 of their last 14 games, collapsing from a 12 game deficit in the wild card race to finish 7 games behind an Atlanta Braves team that went 6-8 in the same span. In 2011, the Rockies began the season with an 11-2 record before finishing the season with a 62-87 (.416) run that landed them in 4th place.

After the 2011 season, the Rockies rewarded Tracy with an "indefinite" contract extension.[7] The Rockies went on to accumulate a 37-65 record (.363) through August 1, leading to a front office reshuffle that left Jim Tracy and his staff intact. Tracy resigned as manager of the Rockies on October 7, 2012, following a disappointing and injury plagued 2012 season that saw the Rockies finish 64-98, the 2nd worst record in franchise history.[8]

Managerial record

As of January 2, 2015
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Los Angeles Dodgers 2001 2005 427 383 .527 1 3 .250
Pittsburgh Pirates 2006 2007 135 189 .417 0 0
Colorado Rockies 2009 2012 294 308 .488 1 3 .250
Total 856 880 .493 2 6 .250

Personal life

Tracy's oldest son, Brian, played baseball at UC Santa Barbara, and was drafted in 2007 by the Pirates.[9] Brian later became a scout for the Pirates.[10] Son Chad played in the minor leagues for eight seasons, including four seasons in Triple-A for three different franchises.[11] Chad, along with Bryan LaHair and Nick Stavinoha, led Triple-A in RBIs in 2011, with 109.[12] Chad later became a minor-league manager.[13] Youngest son Mark also played minor league baseball from 2010 to 2013.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "Cape All-Stars Play in New York at Stadium". The Cape Codder. Orleans, MA. July 22, 1976. p. 27.
  3. ^ "Tracy out as Dodgers' manager". Associated Press. October 4, 2005.
  4. ^ Martin, David (November 18, 2008). "Colorado Rockies to Name Jim Tracy Bench Coach". Bleacher Report. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Stapleton, Arnie. "Rockies fire manager Clint Hurdle". Yahoo! Sports. May 29, 2009.
  6. ^ Bernacchio, Adam (November 19, 2009). "Jim Tracy Wins NL Manager Of The Year, Inks Three-Year Extension". Bleacher Report. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  7. ^ McCauley, Janie (February 21, 2012). "Rockies Manager Jim Tracy Has Indefinite Contract Extension". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  8. ^ Harding, Thomas (October 7, 2012). "Tracy resigns his post as Rockies manager". Colorado Rockies. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  9. ^ "2007 Baseball Draft". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  10. ^ Williams, Tim (February 8, 2016). "Evaluating the Pittsburgh Pirates' Amateur Scouts". piratesprospects.com. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  11. ^ "Chad Tracy Minor, Winter, Fall & Independent Leagues Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  12. ^ "2011 MiLB Player Hitting Stats". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  13. ^ McDonald, Joe (December 13, 2021). "New skipper at Polar Park: Chad Tracy named manager of Worcester Red Sox". Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, Massachusetts. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "Mark Tracy Minor Leagues Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Peoria Chiefs Manager
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Preceded by Chattanooga Lookouts Manager
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Preceded by Harrisburg Senators Manager
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Preceded by Ottawa Lynx Manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by Los Angeles Dodgers Bench Coach
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Preceded by Colorado Rockies Bench Coach
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