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.