Pirates firing manager Jim Tracy
Friday, October 05, 2007
By Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates have called a news conference for 3:30 p.m. today to announce the firing of manager Jim Tracy after two losing seasons.
Tracy, 51, went 133-189, including 68-94 in the season that ended Sunday, since former general manager Dave Littlefield hired him Oct. 11, 2005. Littlefield was fired earlier in the month, and the decision regarding the manager was left up to his replacement, Neal Huntington. Team president Frank Coonelly also was heavily involved in the process.
Tracy has a year left on his three-year contract at a salary of $1 million.
Tracy's tenure included the 14th and 15th consecutive losing seasons for the Pirates, matching the second-longest droughts in professional sports history. The longest is 16, set by the 1933-48 Philadelphia Phillies.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Tracy was the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years, with a 427-383 record and one first-place finish in 2004.
The next manager will be the Pirates' 38th overall and the fifth in the 11 years since Jim Leyland left in 1996.