After giving his future as manager of the Colorado Rockies some thought over the past 48 hours, Jim Tracy decided to resign from his post, the team announced on Sunday.
On Friday, Tracy had met with the team's new director of major-league operations, Bill Geivett, to discuss the vision each man had for the direction of the club heading into 2013. After having those discussions, it's apparent Tracy agreed with the vast majority of Rockies fans who view the situation as a sinking ship coming off their third consecutive disappointing season and a franchise-worst 64-98 record.
Despite that awful finish, Tracy ends his run in Colorado with a respectable 294-308 record. Of course most of those victories were attained in 2009 when he took over for fired manager Clint Hurdle on May 28. From that point on, Tracy helped lead Colorado to a remarkable 74-42 finish. That was good enough to clinch the wild card and earned Tracy the National League Manager of the Year award, but in the grand scheme of things the run may have proven to be a worst-case scenario for Colorado as it solidified Tracy's status and the status of a front office that may have been on the way out.
Over the next three seasons Colorado would take significant steps backwards, going from 92 wins to 83, 73 and 64 respectively. The final two seasons were marred to some extent by injuries and unusual circumstances. For example, in 2012 the Rockies lost Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton and Michael Cuddyer for extended stretches, and they also had an entirely new four-man rotation installed with a 75-pitch count in June that Tracy didn't exactly endorse, but executed at the order of then sole general manager Dan O'Dowd.
So yes, it would be entirely unfair to say Jim Tracy was the only or even the biggest problem for Colorado. What they have experienced would best be described as an organizational breakdown starting with their ownership right on through their minor-league development. But they were also hampered by the same questionable decision-making Tracy made during his stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates that quickly wore out his welcome in those cities.
Now he's on the outside looking in with his third organization, though this time he probably has a big smile on his face. He's off to a much healthier lifestyle, while the man who takes his spot has the unenviable task of turning around a franchise that doesn't even know which direction its going in.
I would not expect any big names to be beating down the door for that opportunity.