Tracy gets 3-year deal after winning top manager
Jim Tracy received his rewards on Wednesday for taking over a last-place club in late May and leading the Colorado Rockies to the postseason.
Tracy was selected NL Manager of the Year by the BBWAA, and moments later the Rockies announced he agree to a three-year contract to remain the manager of the team.
The Rockies also announced Wednesday that the entire coaching staff from 2009 will return. Specifically, those coming back for 2010 are pitching coach Bob Apodaca, hitting coach Don Baylor, third base coach Rich Dauer, bench coach Tom Runnels, first base coach Glenallen Hill and bullpen coach Jim Wright.
Tracy, 53, led the Rockies to a record of 74-42 (.638) in his four-plus months as manager of the team. The fifth manager in club history, he took over on May 29, 2009, when the team had a record of 18-28. From May 29 through the end of the season the Rockies were 32 games over .500 and posted the second-best record in the Major Leagues in that span, trailing only the World Champion New York Yankees' mark of 76-39 (.661).
The club finished with a franchise-record 92 wins (92-70) and a franchise-best .568 winning percentage. Colorado earned a postseason berth by capturing the National League wild card for the second time in the past three years. The Rockies also were the NL wild card in 1995.
Tracy became the 16th manager in history to take over a team midseason and guide it to the postseason.
Tracy became the third manager in Rockies history to lead his team to the postseason, joining Baylor (1995) and Clint Hurdle (2007).