Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy has officially resigned Sunday putting to rest any speculation that he was not going to make a decision until Monday. Tracy has to decide whether or not he was comfortable with the direction of the club and if he was willing to manage a team that lost 98 games in 2012.
This is bad news for the Rockies because the franchise was expecting to bring back Tracy for his final year on his contract. Tracy is still guaranteed $1.4 million. The resignation of Tracy begins a long off-season for the Rockies that will include more changes in the coaching staff, not just the change at manager.
The Rockies had a franchise worst record 64-98. It is not all Tracy’s fault though. The team started to focus more on prospect development rather than win ball games. The team used a total of 10 prospects on its 40-man roster this season. The team also lost Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton for the season and players like Michael Cuddyer, Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez were back-and-forth on the disabled list with a laundry list of injuries.
If anything, there needs to be a change of direction in the organization. An upgrade in the pitching rotation would not hurt either. Jeff Francis is not going to be the man to carry the rotation to wins. A veteran pitcher would definitely be something the team should be looking for.
Tracy leaves the Rockies with a National League pennant under his belt. He was 294-308 in four years with the club. The 56-year-old could find a job somewhere else.
As for the Rockies, the team is just part of a list of teams who will be looking for a new manager this off-season.
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