Dodgers sign Jim Tracy

The Dodgers have come to terms with manager Jim Tracy on a two-year extension through the 2006 season, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Paul DePodesta. "We are thrilled to have Jim continue as our manager," said DePodesta. "He's had four very successful seasons at the helm, and we're looking forward to him leading us to more October celebrations."

Tracy, 48, guided the Dodgers to a 93-69 record in 2004 and their first National League Western Division championship since 1995. In his four years leading the club, Tracy has posted a 356-292 record (.549) and his teams have played just 10 games that did not have playoff implications. Among NL skippers, Tracy is tied for the fourth-longest tenure with the same team behind Atlanta's Bobby Cox, St. Louis' Tony La Russa and San Diego's Bruce Bochy.

"I'm very excited to be back leading the Dodgers and to have the opportunity to finish what we started four years ago," said Tracy. "We set out to bring a world championship to Los Angeles and we will continue to work tirelessly until we reach that goal."

Tracy's .549 winning percentage during his first four years as a big league manager ranks second to Felipe Alou among the 30 current Major League skippers in their first four Major League seasons. Alou's Montreal Expos posted a .558 mark (304-241) from 1992-95.

In his four years guiding the Dodgers, Tracy's teams have won 356 games, which tie them with Houston for the fourth most in the National League behind Atlanta (386), St. Louis (380) and San Francisco (376). During that period, Los Angeles has played 203 one-run games and posted a 120-83 (.591) record in those contests.

In 2004, the club's 93-69 record was third best in the National League and was the most victories by a Dodger team since 1991, when the club also won 93 games. Tracy finished third in voting for the National League Manager of the Year Award behind Atlanta's Bobby Cox and St. Louis' Tony La Russa, as the Dodger skipper garnered four first-place votes, seven second-place votes and 11 third-place votes. Tracy finished second in Manager of the Year balloting in his first season in 2001 and fourth in 2002.

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