TRACY QUITS…

In very surprising news in Rockies land, Jim Tracy has decided to hand in his resignation as the Colorado Rockies. News of his resignation came Sunday afternoon, after a weekend of talks about his future seemed to go nowhere. He was still under contract for one more season and a $1.4 million payout.

The meetings were with Bill Geivett, vice president and director of baseball operations, and he seemed as surprised as anyone by the decision:

Jim has decided that he no longer wants to move forward as manager. We respect Jim’s decision, and we wish Jim and his family the best of luck as we begin our search for the right person to become the next manager of our organization. I was surprised knowing Jim as long as I have it, it was not something I sensed would happen.

He deferred any questions on why Tracy would resign to the ex-manager himself.  There wasn’t any sort of clear indication on what influenced him to resign.

There are no plans for Tracy to stay within the organization.  Tom Runnells and Stu Cole are two names being “mulled over” it seems, while tweeted suggestions range from Giambi to (tongue in cheek) Spilly.

Purple Row’s Rafael Rojas talked to Carlos Gonzalez about his thoughts on the development:

Jim Tracy’s resignation is something I truly regret, since he gave me the chance to play in the major leagues and prove my talent. It has always been an honor to play for him. I always believed he would have a chance to be with us next year. He is truly respected inside our clubhouse and I hoped he would be with us so he could help us improve and have a better season in 2013. Sadly, we had one of the worst seasons in franchise history and when these things happen our jobs are at stake … the General Manager has a decision to make and we will respect it. We hope our next manager comes in with all the best energy he can have so we can turn things around and make us a better team in 2013.

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Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

Slightly off topic but something that the Rockies management should pay attention to. During the post game interview Mike Matheny responded to a question by saying that as soon as you start making excuses you are heading down the road to losing.

Timo
Timo
7 years ago

Report: Jim Tracy resigns. Approves promotion to VP of Rockies operations.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Gotta believe the coaches are all gone,although the pitching was marginally better after the dual coaches were put in place.

robba
robba
7 years ago

I hope Mr. Monfort takes this opportunity to restock his front office. It is time for an entire new regime.

egossage
egossage
7 years ago

Wooooohoooooooo!!!!!!!!!

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Yes, yes, yes!

Step #1 complete.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Step 1 won’t make a whit of difference if the front office doesn’t change.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I am not a Jim Tracy fan but I believe that Geivett “forced” Tracy into resigning by telling him next years plan. Tracy may have said, “what?” and when Geivett said well that’s the way it’s going to be. Maybe not, but that’s what makes sense to me.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

EXACTLY BILL, I couldn’t agree more. In fact, Dave Krieger touched on this very subject Friday afternoon.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Agree,he would be a lame duck manager with very little power.I believe he saw the handwritting and as a prideful man he hed no choice.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

I’ve been harping on this name since mid-season:

Mike Maddux

His season is over, go interview him.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Sandberg too!

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Except Sandberg was recently hired by the Phillies and is expected to be the next manager.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Sandberg was hired as the Phillies third base coach with the idea that he is expected to eventually replace Charlie Manuel.

However he does have the Phillies permission to interview for any open manager positions.

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago

I gotta say, the fact that Jason Hammel started the ALDS Game 1 tonight against the Yankees (and did pretty well), points to decision making out of Tracy’s hands. Yes, when Hammel was here he didn’t do well, but he is obviously a good pitcher or he wouldn’t be doing well in Baltimore either. Talent, both recognizing and harvesting, is key to getting the right kind of players. Also the lack of recognition in the letting Millwood go is another… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

That’s why they have permission to interview Mark Wiley and see if they can bring him back to Colorado as the pitching guru for the organization.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

jare, they are doing something right with the pitchers in Baltimore. It was nice to see Saunders back on track also. He was solid against the Rangers.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Mike – the big reason I’ve been throwing Maddux’s name around is that he’s a pitching guru. I think whomever them next Manager is, they need to have a strong pitching background. For years and years it was said it was impossible to pitch well in Texas – too much heat and an odd wind vortex created within the stadium ( sound familiar ? ). Obviously the Rangers have pitched well of late. I’m sure there are other pitching gurus… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

And I totally agree with you. I don’t understand why, instead of trying to move AAA to 4,000′ +, they don’t take advantage of the Springs. Bring in a pitching coach staff that is capable of helping guys at altitude. I know that type of resource would be tough to find but something has to happen. Much has been made of pitching at altitude. If you go back over the last few years I bet you will find more comments… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

Sounds to me like Tracy is tired of coaching under Gievette’s rules and stipulations. Good luck finding a quality coach that wants to put up with pitch limits and garbage like that.

HIRE GIAMBI!!!

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

Nothing will change til the Rocks get a front office that knows baseball talent, and knows how to get the best out of people. I doubt the difference in Hammel is that he finally ‘knows how to pitch’. He knew that while he was here. The two differences are Coors Field and how he was perceived and handled by the club — personnel management skills. My belief is that the second is actually far more important than the first. And… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Didn’t anyone notice there were quite a few pitchers cast off by Colorado that is doing well for the teams in post season play? Al Albuquerque, Ryan Matheus, ….. (I think there’s one more that slips my mind for now – a Washington Nats pitcher?).

Throw in Seth Smith starting for the A’s.

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Still not a Smith fan.Not good enough to play OF for A’s[DH] .247/52rbi’s[approx.].Nice role player/nice guy.Even if we have to trade Fowler[did I see an egossage sighting]we still have a very good out field and Seth would still be a role player!

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Big home run last night in a close game for Seth Smith.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Gary, I think you’re missing the point. Seth Smith is a role player, and he’s payed like one. Michael Cuddyer is a role player, but he’s paid like he’s an above average starter. Which he’s not. Too many people have gotten all excited about the A’s and moneyball and all that over the years. But to me, this year proves something about Billy Beane as GM: he wasn’t afraid. Wasn’t afraid to deal young pitchers as soon as they established… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
7 years ago

Somewhat off topic, however I think this observation speaks volumes as to the problems with this organization. When I was putting together my top thirty Rockies prospect list for another baseball blog, I noticed that the best pitchers “left” in the Rockies system were ranked well behind several position players. In short the Rockies have decent talent coming with position players like Arenado, Story and Dahl, however their best two minor league pitchers either didn’t play last year (Bettis) or… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago

This is what the Rockies need to do: Continue to pitch home grown, cheap, young starting pitchers with piggy back relievers. Trade: Fowler, Pacheco, Colvin, Blackmon, all young players without 30 + homerun potential. They should then focus on every position player being able to hit 30 + home runs. CF should be Cargo LF should be Cuddyer RF ** Need to deal for HR power *** HAMILTON!!! SS Tulo 3B ** Need a HR hitter ** C Baby Bull… Read more »

Doc
Doc
7 years ago

I think Tracy hinted at it this past week when he said the Rox need to decide on a system and stick with it. Whatever direction they choose, it takes years to build. As long as SMIB is hiding out as the GM we’ll get nothing but more excuses and b.s. thrown at the wall to see what sticks. Glad MFL is gone, but happy days won’t return until O’Dud is gone.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

JD…
Giambi has 0% chance of being named manager. No experience at any coaching precludes his being named…IMHO.

Now watch the Rox completely think “outside the solar system” and hire his ass.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Surely you jest JD? Hiring Giambi as manager would make this organization a bigger joke than it already is. The obvious choice for new manager is Stu Cole and Runnels being the only coach retained so he can help Cole as his bench coach. What I would like to know if indeed MFL actually walked away from his million plus salary or if there was some sort of buyout agreement. If he did resign and left the money on table,… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I see no way he should be Manager. But…..if the Rox are hire a saavy, veteran ML manager with a hitting background (think Lou Pinella as an example (and extreme wishful thinking)), then I could see Giambi as a potential hitting coach. But if the Rox go the route of hiring a Manager with a pitching background (which I think they should), then they need a veteran hitting coach.

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I’m with Pooter. Go after the Bombers. The problem with going after Hamilton is his age. I’m sure he’s gonna want many years beyond his worth in his coming free agency. He’d be better suited for AL softball teams. Dante Bichette has it right when he says the Rox need power hitters. Heck, anybody think that he or Larry Walker would come here as batting coaches? The younger Bichette plays 3B and even tho his ’12 numbers went down from… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

YES!! Hire a bomber to coach the new “Black Street Bombers.”!!!! I want Giambi!!

Pooter
Pooter
7 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

OR what if they actually hired an old “blake street bomber”!! Castilla, Bichette, Walker.

I want Walker or Giambi!! Don’t give a RIP about experience!

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Why not make EYjr.manager,Pooter.Player/manager of course!

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

And let the endless *stuff* / rumors begin. Sandy Alomar? I don’t see him as anyone’s yes man. I’m willing to bet that is twitter orginated.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

Vinny Castilla has managerial experience and has stated that he wants to be a manager..

In 2007, he was named manager of the Mexican baseball team for the Pan American Games and also served as manager in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In 2008, he was a player-manager for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo in the Mexican Pacific League.

Ike
Ike
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I have always thought that Castilla would be the Rockies manager one day. Sort of manager in waiting. I am surprised he isn’t mentioned as the front runner.

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago

Renck and Alanna tweet that Lansford is also gone.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Yep – saw that as well.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Boom – Renck reporting Dauer gone as well.

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Have to agree with those moves. Dauer is supposed to be a great guy, so I am sorry to say he was a terrible 3B coach this year. May his fortunes improve. Never was on either side of the fence with Lansford. He apparently did good for some guys, for others, not so sure. So let’s move on. Looking forward to the Renck (followed by Rizzo) tweets saying DOD and Geivett are gone and that the team has been sold… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Mark Cuban – now there’s a wild thought!

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

I have to think that it should be Tom Runnells. He was a former player and does have MLB managing experience from the Montreal Expos days. He’s also managed at Springs so he has more high altitude managerial experience. Let Stu Cole come up as bench coach. Bring in Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla. or Jason Giambi as hitting coach. Let’s put a missing person search team out and locate Ricky Henderson to hire him as 1B coach and teach those… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago

Runnells seems to be a good guy (had a chance to briefly meet him about a month ago, and he was great), but in his previous managerial experience, his story resembles Valentine and the Bosox this year. Yes, it’s wiki, yes it’s 12 years ago, but it’s a red flag. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Runnells I’ll put my early vote with Vinny, even though he, like Giambino, is just to put butts in the seats. Nothing is going to happen with this team (at… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

What’s the fascination with “home town” guys around Colorado teams? The Rockies have been one of the worst franchises in baseball and we’re obsessed with legacy? Personally if a guy has an association to the Rockies, particularly the past 3 years…that’s a negative mark in my book. How about finding guys with a history of…..WINNING? Just like at CU, we’re going to suffer if we ignore actual proven winners just to give the job to someone like Runnels or Cole.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

If the reports are true that Tracy resigned and passed up the guaranteed $1.4 million, I guess Bill Geivett drives a harder bargain than anybody thought. Sounds like his 6 hour meeting must have involved intense humiliation regarding how little freedom Tracy would have next year, crushing boredom as Geivett droned on, and maybe a little waterboarding or something. At any rate, Geivett accomplished the first major tasking he was given: make Tracy go away without wasting Dick and Charlie’s… Read more »

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