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Rockies manager Tracy collapses at winter meetings, hospitalized

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ORLANDO — The mood of baseball's winter meetings starkly changed early Tuesday morning after Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapsed and was taken to a hospital for tests.

Witnesses say Tracy was standing near an elevator in the lobby of the Dolphin Hotel with Rockies coaches Carney Lansford and Tom Runnells when he collapsed. Tracy was alert and responsive as paramedics took him out via stretcher.

Tracy, who turns 55 on Dec. 31, hadn't shown any obvious signs of illness earlier in the evening, noted Troy Renck of the Denver Post:

Tracy drove from his Florida home to meet the Rockies' officials at the winter meetings. He talked to reporters around 6 p.m. Monday, and showed no signs of any trouble. He has been spending time recently with his family, including a hunting trip.

That's really all we know right now. It's just scary.

Tracy always has seemed like a kind person during interview sessions. Keep him in your thoughts. Hopefully, he'll get back on his feet shortly with nothing more than a story to tell.

UPDATE: Thomas Harding of MLB.com Tweets that Tracy is "resting, undergoing tests and awaiting doctors' orders" at a local hospital.

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