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James Edwin Tracy (born December 31, 1955, in Hamiltonmarker, Ohiomarker) is the current field manager of the Colorado Rockies. Tracy was named manager of the Rockies after previous manager, Clint Hurdle, was fired on May 29, 2009.


He was an All-American baseball player at Marietta College, a NCAA Division III institution in Ohiomarker.

Before managing, Tracy played as an outfielder for two years with the Chicago Cubs in 1980–81. He also played two seasons in Japan with the Taiyo Whales in 1983–84. He eventually worked as a minor league manager for several organizations. 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 (4 winning seasons out of 5), compiling a 427–383 record. With Tracy as manager, the Dodgers won the National League's West division in but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. On October 3, , Tracy stepped down a day after the end of his first losing season as manager.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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

Colorado Rockies

Tracy was hired as bench coach for the Colorado Rockies in November 2008. On May 29, 2009, Clint Hurdle was fired after compiling an 18-28 record, and Tracy was named to replace him. Tracy led the Rockies to the postseason for the second time in three years, with a 74-42 (.638) record since taking over as manager, season record of 92-70 (.568) which is a franchise record, but lost the NLDS to the Philadelphia Phillies after 4 games on October 12, 2009 with a final score of 5-4. During the series the Rockies were outscored 20 to 15.

For his efforts in the 2009 season, Tracy was named Sporting News' Manager of the Year for the National League.

On November 18, 2009, Tracy received on an honor he deserved -- the National League Manager of the Year Award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It was also announced that he will be the Rockies skipper through the 2012 season.

Personal life

His oldest son, Brian, played baseball at UC Santa Barbaramarker, and was drafted in 2007 by the Pirates. His son, Chad, plays in the minor leagues with the Texas Rangers organization.

His youngest son, Mark, currently plays baseball for Duquesne Universitymarker. He transferred from Pepperdine Universitymarker to the Pittsburghmarker, Pa.marker school after his dad was hired by the Pirates. Mark was drafted by the Rockies in the 2009 Rule 4 draft. He has returned to Duquesne for his fourth year of college eligibility (2009-10).

Tracy is not related to the Chad Tracy who has played in the major leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
LAD 2001 86 76 .531 3rd in NL West - - - -
LAD 2002 92 70 .568 3rd in NL West - - - -
LAD 2003 85 77 .525 2nd in NL West - - - -
LAD 2004 93 69 .574 1st in NL West 1 3 .250 Lost in NLDS
LAD 2005 71 91 .438 4th in NL West - - - -
PIT 2006 67 95 .414 5th in NL Central - - - -
PIT 2007 68 94 .420 6th in NL Central - - - -
COL 2009 74 42 .638 2nd in NL West 1 3 .250 Lost in NLDS
COL 2010 - - .000 in NL West - - - -

Statistics current through October 12, 2009

Statistics for 2009 season, are from May 29, 2009 when Jim Tracy took over as manager.

See also


  1. Stapleton, Arnie. "Rockies fire manager Clint Hurdle". Yahoo! Sports. May 29, 2009. On November 18, 2009, Tracy was named manager of the year. He is only the second manager of the year to be hired midseason, joining Jack McKeon for the Florida Marlins.
  2. "Tracy out as Dodgers' manager". Associated Press. October 4, 2005.

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