Jim Tracy (baseball)

James Edwin Tracy (born December 31, 1955) is a 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.

Jim Tracy
Tracy with the Colorado Rockies
Outfielder / Manager
Born: (1955-12-31) December 31, 1955
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

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 . 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 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 427383.527 13.250
Pittsburgh Pirates 2006 2007 135189.417 00
Colorado Rockies 2009 2012 294308.488 13.250
Total 856880.493 26.250

Personal life

His oldest son, Brian, played baseball at UC Santa Barbara, and was drafted in 2007 by the Pirates. He is now a scout for the Pirates. His son Chad played in Triple-A for multiple organizations. He was the first catcher drafted in the 2006 draft when he was drafted in the third round. Chad, along with Bryan LaHair and Nick Stavinoha, led the Triple-A in runs batted in with 109 in 2011. He now manages in the minor leagues. His youngest son, Mark, also played minor league ball from 2010 to 2013.

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.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Peoria Chiefs Manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tom Runnells
Chattanooga Lookouts Manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mike Quade
Harrisburg Senators Manager
Succeeded by
Dave Jauss
Preceded by
Mike Quade
Ottawa Lynx Manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by Los Angeles Dodgers Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jamie Quirk
Colorado Rockies Bench Coach
Succeeded by
Tom Runnells
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