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Chad Tracy named manager of Class A Burlington Bees

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We have our first confirmed retirement of the off-season, albeit one on a very positive note.

Now former Revolution first baseman Chad Tracy has elected to end his playing career, and has accepted a managerial position with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  The Angels have assigned Tracy to manage the Class A Burlington (Iowa) Bees of the Midwest League in 2015.

Tracy’s playing career wraps after nine professional seasons, and one and a half in York.  He retires with 155 professional home runs, 32 of which came with the Revolution in 192 games for York.  Tracy was a third round draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 2006 out of Pepperdine University, and spent time in Triple-A with the Rangers, Rockies and Royals.  Originally drafted as a catcher, the durable first baseman logged at least 130 games in a season six times.  Twice he drove in 100 runs – 107 for Double-A Frisco in 2009 and 109 for Triple-A Round Rock in 2011 (TEX).  Tracy narrowly missed the third 100-RBI season in Revolution history in 2014, driving in 97 runs in 133 games.  That total still led the Atlantic League.

Tracy is following in his father Jim Tracy’s footsteps.  Jim, after a brief MLB playing career with the Cubs in 1980 and ’81 began a coaching career that would see him eventually spend 11 seasons as a Major League manager with the Dodgers (2001-2005), Pirates (2006-2007) and Rockies (2009-2012).  Jim also began his managerial career in the Midwest League, where he skippered the 1987 and 1988 Peoria Chiefs, then a Cubs affiliate.

Chad’s post in Burlington may be a good omen for his future as well, as six former Bees’ managers went on to manage in the Majors:  Manny Acta, Terry Bevington, Phil Garner, Rene Lachemann, Grady Little and Tom Trebelehorn.

-Paul Braverman

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