Fire Jim Tracy

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Requiem For A Tracy Loss

Tracy reveals his feelings about his bench -- "We wouldn't have gotten a better at-bat anyway." I don't want to hear about Coors Field and pitchers. Tracy uses 17 pitchers in a 9-1 blowout, but won't use them in a situation and game we might win? Not to mention that the only pitcher who gave up a run last night (eight of them) was the guy who he allowed to stay in the game.

Why would you ever send an e-mail directly to TJ Simers? What a useless exercise. Not only does it cause more work for the guy who has to read all of it to him, some intern has to come up with a bunch of snarky responses. So, how about we all agree to let the 19-year-old have his weekend?

UPDATE: Is Penny pitching? Gamecast on mlb.com sayeth so. Meanwhile, Jon Weisman gives further background on our short roster at Coors.

Tracy has always managed the game as he wished it were being played, not as it is being played. If you run out of players late, you run out of players late. So what? If your starting pitcher has given up seven runs and the bases are loaded and you're only three down, you hit for him. If the same situation comes up later, then too damn bad. If the Dodgers would like to hire a psychic to sit next to Tracy and divine the results of the next five innings, I'm sure he'd be more than willing to listen. But until mankind invents a time machine, all you have is what's in front of you not what maybe could possibly in the future happen if all the stars align in magical ways.

Stop making excuses. Just do what needs to be done.

2 Comments:

  • "We wouldn't have gotten a better at-bat anyway." Jim Tracy

    That's flat out dumb. Chacon was on the ropes. The fact that the weak hitting Perez was able to easily stroke a pitch to right field shows that most likely anyone who is actually paid to hit could have probably unleashed more damage in that situation.

    Infuriating.

    By Anonymous Screwgie, at 4/24/2005 09:49:00 AM  

  • I dasn't twit Tracy too much for the comment as it was part of his larger point--that he was down on pitchers, his bench was thin and Odalis seemed to be coming around. Plus, the Dodgers were two runners away from stranding two an inning, for crying out loud. It wasn't all about the Perez AB.

    All that said, Tracy and Depo should take some heat for not following JW's advice on 4/11. The Dodgers didn't have a full roster yesterday. I have always believed that a team entering Colorado without a full roster is like a gunfighter giving Marshall Dillon the first move. Sure you might win, but odds are it'll kill you so why try?

    By Blogger Mr. Landon, at 4/24/2005 11:46:00 AM  

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