Chad Tracy to manage Angels High-A club
News regarding former Revs advancing their minor league coaching careers continues to come fast and furious this off-season. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have announced that former Revolution first baseman Chad Tracy (’13-’14), will manage their A-Advanced affiliate in the California League, the Inland Empire 66ers. (Located in San Bernadino, CA.)
It’s a promotion for Tracy, who upon retiring as a player following 2014 with York (where as a farewell, he led the Atlantic League with 97 RBI), was immediately hired by the Angels to manage their Class A club in the Midwest League, the Burlington Bees. It’s the Tracy family business; Chad’s father Jim Tracy managed 11 Major League seasons with the Dodgers, Pirates and Rockies between 2001 and 2012.
The younger Tracy is no stranger to California; after attending high school in the state while his father managed the Dodgers, he spent three years at Pepperdine University in Malibu before being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the third round (88th overall) following his junior season in 2006. In his third pro season in 2008, he played for Bakersfield of the California League.
On the Cal League circuit, Tracy will continue to match-up with another former Rev, third baseman Vince Harrison (’10-’11) who was also promoted from the Midwest League to California League, going from the hitting coach for Kane County to Visalia in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
Tracy’s playing career wrapped after nine professional seasons, and one and a half in York. He retired with 155 professional home runs, 32 of which came with the Revolution in 192 games for York, 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).