|Tracy loving job with Phillies|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:21|
Andy Tracy has more work to do, and he's loving it.
Tracy, a graduate of Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green State University, has been involved in sports all his life, but it's baseball that is his passion.
A former player for 16 seasons, and minor league manager, Tracy was the minor league hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies last season.
This off-season, the Phillies assigned Tracy additional duties, naming him the assistant field coordinator.
''I'm learning more stuff and I'm more involved with the organization, which is good. I love it,'' Tracy, 40, said in a recent telephone interview.
The field coordinator is the coordinator of everybody in the minor leagues on the field - pitching coaches, hitting coaches, and the managers.
''You oversee everybody; making sure everybody is following organizational policy,'' Tracy said about the field coordinator.
''I've been blessed to move up in the system more rapidly than a lot of people .... I didn't think it over very long,'' he added. ''I feel I have a lot to offer, and hopefully they understand that.''
Tracy is currently in Clearwater, Fla., helping the Phillies and their farm teams get ready for the season.
He's also soaking up knowledge from new Phillies' manager Ryne Sandberg, and coaches Larry Bowa, Bob McClure, and Pete Mackanin; who have been around baseball a long time.
''I'm picking their brains, but I believe I have something to offer to the organization, because it's a new-age player,'' Tracy said. ''You're still learning, and once you think you're not learning anymore, the game has passed you by.''
With the majority of the Phillies' farm teams within two hours of Philadelphia, travel is fairly easy for Tracy.
''You usually have four days at an affiliate,'' Tracy said. ''Travel never bothered me, because you were always traveling when you were playing.''
The stay is longer in Clearwater, where the Phillies have two teams during the season. Tracy also goes to the Dominican Republic and Venezuela during the season and in the fall.
When visiting a minor league team, Tracy makes sure the hitting coach is following protocol, and all the reports they do are accurate.
Despite being busy, Tracy has time during the season to spend with his family in Columbus.
''I get home about five days a month, which is more than I've ever been home in my life,'' Tracy said, adding he's Mr. Mom when he's home during the winter.
Tracy's goal is the same as anyone else involved in baseball - making it to the big leagues.
He had an extensive minor league career as a player, but Tracy played 149 Major League games over five seasons with Montreal, Colorado and Philadelphia, hitting .231 with 13 homers and 43 RBI in 277 at-bats. He was with the Phillies in 2008 when they won the World Series.
''The jobs that I do have now, you could keep these jobs forever, especially in an organization like Philadelphia. But you always want to be in the big leagues,'' Tracy said.
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