Chad Tracy — son of former major-league manager Jim Tracy, not the former MLB infielder — will manage the Burlington Bees in 2015, the Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday.
Burlington is the first managerial assignment for Tracy, who played nine years in the minor leagues, including the 2007 season with the Clinton LumberKings (affiliated with the Texas Rangers at that time). He batted .250 with 14 HR and 84 RBI in 134 Midwest League games; he mostly played left field, but also caught 11 games and played first base in seven contests.
(Side note: The other Chad Tracy, who played nine years in the major leagues, also spent time in the Midwest League. As an Arizona Diamondbacks prospect in 2001, he batted .340 with 4 HR and 36 RBI in 54 games with the South Bend Silver Hawks.)
The new Bees manager is the son of former big-league skipper Jim Tracy, who began his managerial career at the helm of the 1987-88 Peoria Chiefs (affiliated with the Chicago Cubs at that time). His players included 1989 National League Rookie of the Year Jerome Walton (.335, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 49 SB in 128 games) and current Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Harkey (2-3, 3.55 ERA, 48 Ks in 76 IP).
Rounding out the 2015 Bees coaching staff are Ethan Katz as pitching coach and Ryan Barba as hitting coach. Both played in the minor leagues, but not in the Midwest League.
Four other Midwest League teams have announced their 2015 managers. Click on the links below to read about them.