first_img The other top candidates for the job are former Pirates manager Jim Leyland, now a scout for St. Louis, and Oakland manager Ken Macha, a Pittsburgh-area native who reportedly is negotiating a possible contract extension with the A’s, but Tracy’s ties to Littlefield might put him ahead. Littlefield joined the Pirates during a four-game series at Dodger Stadium Sept. 23-26 and arrived separately from the team on a commercial flight. Assistant general manager Doug Strange also was with the club on that trip. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A source close to the Pirates said Sunday it is highly unusual for Littlefield and Strange to be on the road with the club at the same time. Tracy was a minor-league manager for the Expos from 1993-94 and was then-Expos manager Felipe Alou’s bench coach from 1995-98. Littlefield joined the Expos in 1991 as a national crosschecker and East Coast scouting supervisor and was the club’s player development director from 1996-98. Tracy is signed through next season, but has an escape clause that allows him to leave the Dodgers and pursue other opportunities. That clause must be exercised within the next eight days or not at all. Tracy has requested a contract extension, but doesn’t appear likely to receive one with the Dodgers coming off a lackluster season in which they went 71-91 and finished fourth in the National League West, 11 games behind the division champion Padres. That means Tracy likely will finish out his contract next season or be fired. Asked on Sunday morning what he thought the next few days would be like for him, Tracy said he planned to watch his youngest son Mark, 17, play football for Claremont High School for the first time this season on Friday night. Asked if he thought his situation would be cleared up by then, Tracy said, “I hope so. But beyond that, I don’t know that there is anything else to say at this time.” DePodesta repeatedly has said he wants the situation resolved before he leaves on Wednesday afternoon for his sister’s wedding in Italy. Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy, meanwhile, made an ominously similar statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday. “We will know more … of the important information in about two days,” he said. The Pirates fired most of their coaching staff on Sunday, including interim manager Pete Mackanin, and reassigned the rest within the organization. That eliminates Mackanin from consideration for the job. “(Littlefield) said he has someone in mind who has more major-league experience,” Mackanin told the Post-Gazette, a statement that clearly points either to Tracy, Leyland or Macha. Mike Rose hit his first major-league homer, but the Dodgers struck out 11 times against Padres starter Adam Eaton. Elmer Dessens (1-2) started and pitched four innings for the Dodgers, allowing one run to finish the season with a solid 3.56 ERA. Tony Jackson can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SAN DIEGO — While Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta and manager Jim Tracy remained mostly silent on the subject of Tracy’s future on Sunday — the day the club concluded its season with a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres in front of 37,748 at Petco Park — Tracy appears to have emerged as a leading candidate for the managerial vacancy in Pittsburgh. Tracy developed a strong relationship with Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield during the late 1990s while they were employed by the Montreal Expos and is known to have been on the Pirates’ short list since Littlefield fired Lloyd McClendon on Sept. 6. last_img

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