Who would have guessed that the first news out of the Rockies camp would have nothing to do with a pitcher or a catcher, but in fact a manager? It looks like the Rockies and Jim Tracy have agreed to an extension to Tracy’s contract giving him an “opportunity to finish (his) career in this uniform if (he’d) like to do so. It is being reported that there is a “handshake agreement” according to the Rockies official Twitter Feed which reads:
#Rockies & Manager Jim Tracy have a handshake agreement for Tracy to continue to be a part of the organization’s leadership team.
A followup tweet by the team reads:
#Rockies Dan O’Dowd: “We expect this relationship to continue for a number of years…We are building a culture of value together in a world of performance.”
Troy Renck has posted a little more information based on his knowledge, by tweeting:
What it all means, is that organization has committed to Tracy. Kind of like a roll-over deal in many ways.
The assumption (by mlbtr.com) is that by extending Tracy it will remove the “lame-duck manager” status going into the season, while still giving the team a way to cut-ties should the team under-perform in 2012.
SiriusXM had Tracy on for a conversation on MLB Roundtrip and asked him about the contract extension. Here is what Tracy had to say:
It is a handshake on a contract extension and because of some conversation that I’ve had over the weekend and what has taken place here with people…that have become very much a part of me also. The conversation basically stems around the fact of having an opportunity of managing this basically…until I don’t want to manage it anymore. And what more flattering statement can you make to somebody then that one that they made to me over the course of a few days or so. Because of this organization and because of the way it allows my personality to come out the way I want it to and be who I want it to be, which helps me to manage baseball teams the way I like to manage them – there’s no other place that I want to be…and I have every intention of finishing my career in a Colorado Rockies uniform – that’s what it means.
The interviewer went on to ask if this was something that would be reevaluated each year on a yearly basis:
Yeah, you know what, that’s basically where it is and when you work for a man, and an ownership group, like I am privileged to work for with Dick Monfort, and this guy looks you in the eye and shakes your hand and tells you what he said to me a few days ago, he’s got a real real good memory and he doesn’t forget what he’s said and it’s extremely flattering. What he was saying to me was basically, you have an opportunity to finish your career in this uniform if you’d like to do so. Well, I would like to do that number one, but number two there’s still some things that are left un-accomplished here that hopefully under my watch while I’m still here I want to see that they get done in a Rockies uniform. That’s the love affair and how much I respect this organization and the way they’ve treated me.