05/29/09 On May 29, the Colorado Rockies fired Clint Hurdle, and named Jim Tracy interim manager. Since then the Rockies have gone 27-11, not to mention tying the franchise-high 11-game win streak! They have now won four in a row after sweeping the Nationals, and taking the first game from the Braves.
I guess I just don't understand what you have to do to get a long-term deal! Call the record underneath Tracy a fluke or just plane dumb luck. I don't see it like that.
For starters, notice Garrett Atkins has been a rare commodity in the line up. With Clint Hurdle he was batting clean up two months into the season while batting .160! I'm not sure if I'm wrong, but I thought the four hole was supposed to be the "threat" of your lineup to make the three hole get pitches and the five hole RBI opportunities. I just checked I'm right, why in the world would you ever have a guy whose in the worst slump of his life in the clean up position? Whatever the case maybe I'm glad Hurdle is outta here Brett Meyers style!
Like I said in my other article, I heard that the Rockies might be in the hunt for the home-grown talent of Roy Halladay. We have a ton of prospects in our minors and Halladay only has a year and a half more on his contract. Looks like a good fit to me.
Tracy needs to get a three-year contract right now and the Rockies could try to do everything in their power to get Halladay. If that's the case they will win the National League.