After a season during which the Colorado Rockies lost 98 games it should stand to reason that the manager of the team was at risk of being removed. Jim Tracy wasn't. By all reports, he was in line to remain the skipper, only with his his authority further usurped by a front office that he had so little faith in that he decided to instead walk away.
He told the Denver Post: ""Let me put it to you this way, I really don't feel that I am the right man for the job any longer."
No decision regarding Jim Tracy's future as the Manager of the Colorado Rockies will be made until Monday at the earliest.
Somehow, after the worst season in franchise history - worse even than the inaugural season, when a cobbled-together expansion team debuted at Mile High Stadium, the people running the Rockies appear not to know what to do.
It's not complicated.
They lost 98 games, for God's sake. They need to fire people.
Jim Tracy can take his optimism and long-winded explanations for his team's ineptness and go somewhere where they don't care about winning. Dan O'Dowd can take his pitiful, altitude-fearing ass down to sea level where he can get something done and quit casting a shadow over the Rockies franchise.
The situation is seen by the Monforts as more complicated than that. That's why they suck. Any owner with a set of balls would be insanely furious right now. Heads would be rolling all over the place. There wouldn't be negotiations. There would be nothing to consider but how to get better right away.
The Rockies were terrible in 2012, but they look even worse now. They look indecisive and weak. The message they are sending to fans is" "we are going to be just as bad next year".
The Colorado Rockies are believed to be making their decision regarding Jim Tracy's future with the team as soon as today.
The Twitterverse is understandably on edge. Passionate Rockies fans are split, although a majority feel that Tracy should be canned.
Here are some recent Tweets from our timeline:
Is Jim Tracy the
#Rockies biggest problem? No. But he's in the mix. Some of the bad play is bad strategy. And that's on Tracy and his staff.
Jim Tracy should be fired. He's never been better than mediocre, has a lifetime losing record, bad in-field. But, he won't be.
Hope Jim Tracy keeps his job. Pretty hard to manage a team decimated by injuries and inept general management.
Hoping Jim Tracy keeps his job. He deserves another chance after suffering through a season that wasn't his fault.
Over/Under for Jim Tracy being the
#Rockies manager at the end of the day? My guess is that he is back. Hope I'm surprised.
The Denver Post actually said that Jim Tracy is "considered a strong in-game strategist" today. No, really.
Our beloved Jim Tracy, Manager of the Colorado Rockies meets with the brass today. He is the Rockies. We just need pitching!
Wake up, Rockies fan, wake up. You've been having a bad dream. Open your eyes and let the light shine in. It's over.
Well, almost, anyway.
The Colorado Rockies do have seven games yet to play (yes, they still can lose 100), but just one at Coors Field. After that, they hit the road for three in LA and another three in Arizona. You can ignore those games, though. Go ahead n' pack up your Tulo jersey, your glove and your fitted hat until next year.
Speaking of next year, don't get too excited about it.
No team this bad is going to turn things around in a single off-season. They just ain't got the horses, Cowboy. Besides, nothing's going to change around here. Dan O'Dowd will still around in 2013, Jim Tracy, too. I know you hoped the Monforts would learn their lesson. We all did, kid.
Enjoy the Broncos' season. Get excited about you new, new, new-look Nuggets (JaVale McGee is a card, isn't he?) and forget about baseball for a while.
It will be here again before you know it - and you can dream again.
This is hilarious - which explains why this clip from MLB dot com is up at Deadspin, Sports Grid, off the Bench and every other snarky National blog. We figured we should post it here, too.
Vin Scully is just too cute as he interprets Jim Tracy's language for L.A. fans.
"That's bleepin' fertilizer!"
King Joffrey: I'll tell you what. I'm going to give you a present. After I raise my armies, and kill your traitor brother, I'll give you his head as well.