Pirates Fire Jim Tracy

Pirates GM Neal Huntington announced Jim Tracy, who had been the Dodgers manager from 2001 through 2005 and who led them to a spot in the N.L. playoffs in 2004, was relieved of his duties as the club's Manager. The Pirates also released Senior Director of Scouting Ed Creech, who had been Assistant to the GM, Scouting in 2000s as well as two other Directors of Baseball Operations.

The 51-year-old Tracy was named Pittsburgh's Manager on October 21, 2005. He posted a 135-189 record (.417 percentage) in his two seasons with the Pirates, guiding them to a 67-95 record in 2006 and a 68-94 record in 2007.

In his seven years as a Major League manager, Tracy posted a 562-572 record (.496 percentage). Creech, 55, spent the last six seasons with Pittsburgh after being named the club's Scouting Director on November 20, 2001.

Tracy's patience and back-patting wasn't enough to turn around the Pirates, who haven't had a winning season since 1992. Tracy served the shortest run of any non-interim Pirates manager since Bill Virdon was ousted late into his second season in 1973.

All of Tracy's coaches, including former Dodger coaches Jim Colborn and John Shelby who followed him to Pittsburgh, are under contract until the end of this month. However, they were encouraged to seek other jobs. The new manager will be allowed to choose his coaches.

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