Chad Tracy
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Chad Tracy
Chad Tracy
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Tracy with the Washington Nationals during 2012 spring training
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: (1980-05-22) May 22, 1980 (age 40)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 21, 2004, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
NPB: April 12, 2011, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Last appearance
NPB: June 5, 2011, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
MLB: September 28, 2013, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
Batting average.274
Home runs86
Runs batted in358
NPB statistics
Batting average.235
Home runs1
Runs batted in19

Chad Austin Tracy (born May 22, 1980) is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2004 to 2010 and again from 2012 to 2013 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, and Washington Nationals. He also played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

College career and draft

Tracy compiled a .339 batting average during his career at East Carolina University. In 2000, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[1] He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh round of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft.

Professional career

Minor league career

He played third base in El Paso, Texas, for the El Paso Diablos. In four minor league seasons, Tracy hit .335 with 24 home runs, 85 doubles, and 206 RBIs in 337 games. In 2002, he was selected to participate in the Futures Game during the All-Star break as the starting third baseman on the U.S. squad.[2]

Arizona Diamondbacks


Tracy made his major league debut with Arizona in 2004. He finished his rookie season with a .285 average, eight home runs, 53 RBIs, and a .343 on-base percentage in 143 games. He led NL third basemen with 25 errors, and he had a major-league-low .935 fielding percentage at third.[3]

In 2005, Tracy had a breakout season, as he batted .308 (7th-best in the league) with 27 home runs and 72 RBIs. He also had a slugging percentage of .533, 10th-best in the NL.

Tracy's numbers dipped in the 2006 season. He batted .281 with 20 homers and 80 RBIs. His slugging percentage went down over 100 points from his 2005 total, going from .553 to .451. His 129 strikeouts went up as they nearly doubled his 2005 total. He also tied Edwin Encarnación for the major league lead in errors by a third baseman, with 25,[4] as he again had a .935 fielding percentage at third base.

His numbers dipped again in 2007, as he batted .264--the lowest batting average of his major league career.[5] He batted .222 with 2 out and runners in scoring position.

In 2008, he had his lowest on-base percentage (.308) and slugging percentage (.414) of his major league career, as he batted .267.[5] He again batted .222 with 2 out and runners in scoring position.


Tracy playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009.

On May 6, 2009, Tracy (who was batting .224) was taken out of the starting lineup, replaced by Josh Whitesell, who was called up to the Diamondbacks after hitting .356 for the Reno Aces with a .477 on-base percentage (2nd in the Pacific Coast League) and a .552 slugging percentage.[6] Manager Bob Melvin said Whitesell would get a chance to play every day,[7][8] and that Tracy "is going to pinch hit, (and) he's going to fill in at third and first for a while."[8] That did not last long, however, as on May 19, not even two weeks later, Melvin had been fired as manager and the team optioned Whitesell back to Reno.[9]

A right-oblique strain that Tracy suffered May 29 led to him being placed on the 15-day disabled list. Tracy came off the disabled list after missing 27 games.[10]

Tony Clark was released in mid-July, and Whitesell was called back up for the third time in the season to replace him on July 16.[11] Tracy said:

Obviously, I want the playing time, I want to be out there every day. Right now, there are a lot of question marks, especially for me, and some of the other guys that are on their last year of their contract or have some value to be traded, so I think we're probably at that point now where anything can happen. I wouldn't be surprised by anything.[12]

Manager AJ Hinch spoke with Tracy, who was batting a career-low .222 with a .288 on-base percentage at the time, and Whitesell on July 17. He told them that Whitesell would get the bulk of the action at first base, starting four or five times a week "for the time being".[13] After the 2009 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks did not pick up Tracy's 2010 option, which permitted Tracy to file for free agency.

Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and Florida Marlins


On January 26, 2010, Tracy signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs with an invite to spring training. The deal was announced on January 27, 2010.[14] On March 29, the Cubs announced that Tracy had made the major league Cubs' 25 man roster. On May 7, Tracy was sent down to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs[15] to make room for Starlin Castro. Tracy was designated for assignment by the Cubs.[16] Tracy was released by the Cubs on July 1, 2010.

Tracy signed with the New York Yankees on July 9, 2010,[17] and he was assigned to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees but eventually opted out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Tracy signed with the Florida Marlins on August 5, 2010.[18]

Hiroshima Toyo Carp


Tracy signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan to play the 2011 season.[19]

Washington Nationals


Chad Tracy signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals in the spring of 2012. He showed enough improvement at the plate during spring training to make the club's opening day roster.[20] He was made a member of the Nationals' bench, where he was a productive left-handed bat. In two seasons, he hit .269 in 2012 but declined to just .202 in 2013, his final season for the Nationals.[21]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and retirement


Tracy signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on January 29, 2014.[22] He was released on March 23.[23] On April 26, Tracy announced his retirement from baseball.

Personal life

In 2007, Tracy married Katie Martin.[24] They have four daughters: Ella, Brynn, Leah, and Ruthie.[] He now owns a Baseball/Softball facility known as Ultimate Performance Sports.


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  2. ^ " - 2003 MLB All-Star - Futures Game: Team USA thumbnails - Sunday July 13, 2003 05:16 PM". July 13, 2003. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "MLB Baseball Fielding Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball - ESPN". Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "MLB Baseball Fielding Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball - ESPN". Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Chad Tracy Stats, News, Photos - Chicago Cubs - ESPN". May 22, 1980. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Aces' Whitesell Called Up To Arizona Diamondbacks". May 6, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ Piecoro, Nick (May 6, 2009). "D-Backs' slow start sparks changes". Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ a b " Whitesell Will Be Everyday First Baseman". May 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Alden Gonzalez. "Qualls looks for opportunities | News". Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Bagnato, Andrew, "Diamondbacks looking for answers in second half", Charleston Daily Mail, 7/16/09, accessed 7/16/09[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Gintonio, Jim (July 16, 2009). "Whitesell recalled; Tracy wondering". Retrieved 2010.
  13. ^ Piecoro, Nick (July 17, 2009). "Piecero, Nick, "Hinch: Whitesell to get bulk of time at 1B"". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ "Source: Chicago Cubs are set to sign infielder Chad Tracy to a minor league contract - ESPN Chicago". January 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ url="Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-22. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Muskat, Carrie (2010-06-25). "Cubs activate Ramirez, designate Tracy | News". Retrieved .
  17. ^ Cafardo, Nick (2008-07-27). "What if Yankees get Lee? - Extra Bases - Red Sox blog". Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-08. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Journeyman Chad Tracy signs to play in Japan". 16 November 2010.
  20. ^ Kilgore, Adam (April 2, 2012). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post.
  21. ^ "Chad Tracy 2012 Batting Splits -". Retrieved 2012.
  22. ^ "David Freese, Angels reach deal". Associated Press. February 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  23. ^ "Angels release Carlos Peña, Chad Tracy, Torrealba". Associated Press. March 23, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  24. ^ [2][dead link]

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