Report: Pirates to fire manager Tracy

Oct 5, 2007 - 5:38 PM PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jim Tracy's time in Pittsburgh appears over.

Tracy is expected to be fired as the Pittsburgh Pirates manager in a Friday afternoon press conference, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on its web site.

The Pirates have not confirmed the report, but have scheduled a news conference for 3:30 pm EDT.

Tracy, 51, went 133-189 over two losing campaigns as the Pirates' manager, including 68-94 this past season.

Former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield hired Tracy in 2005, but Littlefield was fired earlier in the month, and the decision regarding the manager was left up to his replacement, Neal Huntington, the report stated.

Tracy has a year left on his three-year contract at a salary of $1 million.

Tracy's tenure included the 14th and 15th consecutive losing seasons for the Pirates, matching the second-longest drought in professional sports history. The longest is 16, set by the 1933-48 Philadelphia Phillies.

Before coming to Pittsburgh, Tracy was the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years, with a 427-383 record and a National League West crown in 2004.






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