Renck also tweeted that Tracy will not remain in the Rockies’ organization, as had been mentioned as a possibility.
“Jim Tracy is a man that has brought professionalism to the Rockies organization since 2009,” Geivett said in a statement on Sunday. “However, Jim has decided that he no longer wants to move forward as Manager of the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club. We respect Jim’s decision, and we wish Jim and his family the best of luck as we begin our search for the right person to become the next manager of our organization.”
The move comes after Tracy and Rockies director of major league operations Bill Geivett met on Friday to discuss Tracy’s role in the organization moving forward. Tracy was reportedly spending the weekend to mull over the conversations, but the 56-year-old apparently decided that the situation wasn’t worth returning despite a $1.4 million contract for 2013.
Tracy took the Rockies’ managerial role on May 29, 2009 after Clint Hurdle was fired. Tracy won the 2009 Manager of the Year award after leading the Rockies to the postseason in his first season in charge, but the former Pirates and Dodgers manager saw his Rockies teams underachieve each of the following three seasons, culminating in a franchise-worst 64-98 season in 2012.
Renck reported Rockies players had wanted Tracy to return, as center fielder Dexter Fowler indicated with this tweet upon hearing the news of Tracy’s resignation. Infielder Jordan Pacheco also retweeted this complimentary mention from Rockies broadcaster Drew Goodman. Lefty reliever Rex Brothers offered this mention of his former manager. The likeable Tracy would have faced significant changes as manager had he returned, with Geivett reportedly set to pick the coaching staff himself amongst other likely significant changes as well.
Tracy had been given an indefinite handshake contract extension by the club in February, but Tracy’s job security became a question in recent weeks as the Rockies spiraled to 98 losses. Tracy accumulated a 294-308 win percentage in his nearly three and a half years in charge.
The Rockies will begin its search for the club’s sixth manager in franchise history this offseason. Bench coach Tom Runnels and triple-A manager Stu Cole were mentioned by Renck as in-house possibilities for the job.