Tracy Replaces Hurdle as Rockies Manager

Jim Tracy

Less than two years after electrifying Denver with a Nataional League pennant, Clint Hurdle was replaced, at least in the interim, with former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy, who had been Hurdle's bench coach.

Apparently being swept at home in a three-game series this week by the Dodgers, with the Rockies outscored 31-13, was the last straw. At 18-28, the club was a season-worst 10 games below .500, last in the NL West, and trailing the first-place Dodgers by 14 games until winning their first game for Tracy.

Tracy, 53, is in his 32nd season of professional baseball as a player, coach and manager. The Rockies hired him as bench coach amid a flurry of changes during the offseason. Tracy has managed the Dodgers (2001-05) and the Pirates (2006-07), going 562-572.

Tracy led the Dodgers to the 2004 NL West crown with a 93-69 record. The Cardinals beat those Dodgers in the NL Division Series, three games to one.

Tracy came to Colorado along with hitting coach Don Baylor, third base coach Rich Dauer and bullpen coach Jim Wright in a flurry of coaching staff changes the Rockies made after faltering in 2008. Tracy and all of the Rockies' coaches have contracts that expire at the end of this season. Tracy, who said that he would not have joined the Rockies had Hurdle not approached him last October, said the team's 2-7 record in one-run games is indicative of the fact it is talented, yet hasn't executed to winning standards.

"Am I sitting here saying to you that this is going to be a turnaround overnight?" Tracy said. "Maybe not. But I am going to do what I think has a chance to work."

The Rockies beat the Padres, 3-0, in Tracy's debut to snap a three-game losing streak in front of 23,239 at Coors Field.

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