When the Lehigh Valley IronPigs played their inaugural season in 2008, Andy Tracy was on the roster. He quickly became a fan favorite on a team that struggled mightily to win games. After retiring from baseball following the 2011 season, Tracy returned to the Phillies organization and became the Phillies minor league hitting coordinator following the 2012 season, but was not retained for last season. He spent 2019 as the hitting coach of the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Now, Tracy takes over the helm of the Clippers as the team’s new manager.
Tracy spent three seasons with Lehigh Valley and played in 13 games with the Phillies between 2008 and 2009. He signed a minor league deal with Arizona and spent 2011 at Triple-A Reno, which would be his last season as a player. In 149 major league games over five seasons, Tracy played for Montreal, Colorado and Philadelphia with a slash line of .231/.306/.422 to go with 13 home runs and 43 RBI.
Tony Mansolino, who managed Columbus last season and spent nine seasons as either a coach or manager in the Cleveland organization, was reassigned to work in the player development department to focus on improving defensive skills among Indians minor league players. Tracy beat out Indians Double-A manager Rouglas Odor for the Columbus job.
The Phillies hired Tracy to be their manager at Class-A Williamsport for the 2012 season before moving him to the minor league hitting coordinator job in 2013. That was Tracy’s only previous managing experience prior to taking the job with Columbus.
Columbus comes to Lehigh Valley June 2-4 this season for their only trip to Coca-Cola Park.