Tracy nears full season as Rockies manager |

Tracy nears full season as Rockies manager

Jim Armstrong
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
DENVER, CO--SEPTEMBER 24TH 2009--Colorado Rockies manager, Jim Tracy, moments after addressing the media in the dugout before playing the San Diego Padres at Coors Field thursday afternoon. Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Jim Tracy has looked at life from both sides during his eight years as a major-league manager.

He has played the palace, managing the Los Angeles Dodgers and their parallel-universe payroll and Hollywood A- listers and players with private jets and egos to match. And he has played the Heartbreak Hotel, having spent two years in Pittsburgh, a city in which last place has become both destination and destiny.

The Rockies? They’re in between, far from a hopeless small-market club but not one to be confused with baseball’s high rollers.

For Tracy, nearing his one-year anniversary as the Rockies’ leader, managing in Denver has become a happy medium. Emphasis on the happy.

“It’s a wonderful place for me to be,” Tracy said. “I really feel appreciated here. I’ve never felt appreciated in any of my three stops more than I do right here. I hope I get to sit here until I decide I’ve had enough.”

Who knew, last May 29, when the Rockies were imploding and the ice beneath Clint Hurdle finally cracked, that it would come to this? That Tracy, who didn’t know if he would ever get a third chance to manage, would be talking about staying for years to come?

The temptation is to say it’s all about winning. And, for the most part, it is. The Rockies are 96-64 (.600) and have a trip to the National League playoffs under Tracy and will reach a full-season, 162-game mark under his watch Wednesday night. Before Tracy’s arrival the Rockies’ best record during the regular season was 90-73 (.552) in 2007, the year they went to the World Series.

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