After a disappointing 2008 season in which the Rockies made their previous run to the World Series look more like a fluke than a rise to dominance, Hurdle was on the hot seat. Despite the front office's love for Hurdle and their similarities in terms of character, they knew that it might take a change at the top in order for the club to be successful.
While Tracy being named manager at the end of May was not a surprise to many, few would have predicted at the beginning of the '09 season that he would be the National League Manager of the Year. After sparking the Rockies to a wild card berth, and within a weekend of winning their first-ever National League West title, Tracy was a no-brainer for the award.
There is no doubt that some of Tracy's on-field moves can be questioned, over a 162 game season, there isn't a manager who pushed all the right buttons all the time. However, one reason that the Rockies were so quick to hand him the reins was due to his character. He fits right into the mold that the club works so diligently to keep.
I recently read an article that was written by David Franco from The Next Level Ballplayer. He had a chance to interview Tracy and dug deeper than normal with his questions. Below is the interview.
Special thanks to Franco for allowing me to use his insightful interview with Tracy on RockiesReview. His blog, The Next Level Ballplayer, is very insightful, it is designed for the baseball player who is looking to improve his game. He interviews top college coaches, as well as big league players, coaches and scouts.