Tracy, Scioscia Earn Manager Honors

A former Dodger manager and a former Dodger manager-in-waiting earned Manager of the Year Awards, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Jim Tracy of Colorado collected the National League award and Mike Scioscia of the Anaheim Angels, who was in line for the Dodgers job, received his second such honor.

Jim Tracy, who managed the Dodgers 3001-2005 and guided them to first place in the National League West in 2004, was handed the Colorado job on May 29, replacing Clint Hurdle. The Rockies seemed dead in the water with an 18-28 record but under Tracy, they righted the ship and were 74-42 and finished 92-70 while making the playoffs. The Phillies eliminated the Rockies, three games to one, in the NL Division Series.

2009 N.L. Manager of the Year votes:

 Manager	        1st  2nd  3rd  total
Jim Tracy, Colorado	29    2    0    151
Tony LaRussa, St.L	 2    9    2     55
Joe Torre, L.A.		 1    7    7     33
Bruce Bochy, S.F.     	 0    5    3     18
Bobby Cox, Atlanta	 0    3    6     15
Charlie Manuel, Phil  	 0    2    4     10    
Fredi Gonzalez, FL    	 0    0    4      4
Bud Black, San Diego     0    0    2      2
Tracy ran off with the honor, collecting 29 of the 32 first-place votes for 151 points. Tony La Russa of the Cardinals received two first-place votes and 55 points. The Dodgers' Joe Torre received one first-place vote and finished third with 33 points.

It is Scioscia's second Manager of the Year award. He was named by the BBWAA in 2002 when the Angels won their first World Series title. He is also the first manager in Major League history to pilot six postseason teams in his first 10 seasons.

Scioscia was presumed to be the heir apparent to the Dodgers job sometime in the future but when FOX purchased the club from Peter O'Malley they decided to make extensive changes and left the Dodgers.

Four other managers with ties to the Dodgers, Charlie Manuel of Philadelphia and Bobby Cox of Atlanta as well as Don Wakamasu of Seattle and Ron Washington of Texas, finished fourth and fifth in the two Leagues.

Short after the results were released, the Rockies announced that Tracy and the club had finalized a three-year contract, to run through 2012. In addition, the entire coaching staff from 2009 has agreed to return for next season. Tracy also took the top NL manager awards from The Sporting News and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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