The Pirates today fired manager Jim Tracy after two losing seasons, as well as three front-office employees -- director of baseball operations Jon Mercurio, director of player development Brian Graham and scouting director Ed Creech.
Tracy, 51, went 135-189, including 68-94 in the season that ended Sunday, since former general manager Dave Littlefield hired him Oct. 11, 2005. Littlefield was fired earlier in the month, and the decision regarding the manager was left up to his replacement, Neal Huntington. Team president Frank Coonelly also was heavily involved in the process.
Tracy was informed of the decision in a meeting at PNC Park this morning.