Filed under “Things I Learned On Twitter”.
Joe Sheehan on Jim Tracy during their two crushing losses in Arizona.
@joe_sheehan What would it take to get Jim Tracy to hit for Melvin Mora against a right-handed reliever? Congressional action? Threats?
@joe_sheehan No Seth Smith? Really? Jim Tracy is…I mean, he strains my capacity for metaphor. He’s like Dehydrated Ned Yost. A roofied Bob Brenly.
@joe_sheehan There’s an alternate universe in which Jim Tracy retired before the season, the Rockies hired [anyone else] and went 98-64. #rockies
It’s good to know people within the Rockies bubble aren’t overreacting to Jim Tracy out of frustration. It’s good to know people on the outside looking in are seeing the exact same things we’re seeing, which are the exact same things Dodgers and Pirates fans saw during his failed stints in those cities.
Jim Tracy can’t handle the role of big league manager.
He’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever know, but he doesn’t know when to get his starting pitcher off the mound. He doesn’t understand that abusing relievers will sap their effectiveness and often injure them. And despite Rockies announcers drilling into our heads that he’s always one step ahead of the opposing manager, he often falls one step short.
That’s actually the running story of the 2010 Rockies. One step short. And that shouldn’t be the case when they have the most talented roster in the National League (excluding Philadelphia). The Rockies should be as comfortable as those Phillies and Reds are. Instead they need to win about 17 of their final 11 to get in.
A lot of people like to point at injuries. I like to point those people in the direction of Minnesota and Philadelphia. Those teams survived crippling injuries to secure their playoff spots. The Rockies haven’t. It can pass as an excuse if you, it jsut doesn’t pass as a good excuse.
To expound on Sheehan’s final tweet.
The worst thing that ever happened to the Rockies was making the playoffs in 2009. Sound crazy? It might be, but the reality is it left them with no choice but to retain the man who was voted the NL Manager of the Year, when they could have been out looking for a manager that really could push the right buttons.
Everyone thought Tracy pushed all these magical buttons to rally the team from 10 games under .500 to the playoffs. The Rockies made a commercial out of it. Even I was buying into it to some extent while it was happening. But the bottom line is he was along for the ride just as much as Rockies fans were.