Side Lines for Tuesday — October 04, 2005

• Tracy out!

• Lihu’e baseball happenings


Tracy out!

LOS ANGELES — Jim Tracy’s tenure as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers is over, one day after he finished his first losing season in five years with the team.

The Dodgers announced Monday that Tracy and the team “mutually agreed to part ways.” Last year, Tracy guided the team to its first division championship since 1995, but the Dodgers finished 71-91 this season. It was the franchise’s second-worst season since moving from Brooklyn in 1958.

The 49-year-old Tracy signed a two-year contract in November that included a clause allowing him to opt out of the second year during a seven-day period that began Monday.

Tracy said Monday night that he was not offered an extension. He also did not opt out of the final year of his contract, meaning the Dodgers will pay him for next season if he doesn’t take another managing job.

“I was not fired,” Tracy said in a conference call.

Both he and DePodesta cited “philosophical differences” for their decisions. DePodesta would not discuss specifics.

Tracy pointed to a difference of opinion with the organization regarding the evaluation of players as a major reason why he won’t be back.

“I don’t believe it was in my best interest or the best interests of the Los Angeles Dodgers to be in the dugout (in 2006) as a lame duck manager,” he said.


Lihu’e baseball happenings

Lihu’e Baseball League 2005 Shetland (T-Ball) Registration will be held on Tuesday October 4 through Thursday October 6, from 5 p.m. — 7 p.m. at the portable building adjacent to the Lihu’e Baseball Field, across from the Convention Hall.

All eligible Shetland players must be ages 5, 6, or 7 in the calendar year 2005 (Grades K — 2). Parents must provide one (1) copy of their child’s birth certificate and one (1) copy of their medical insurance card. Registration fee for each applicant is $35.00, which will cover the cost of a team shirt and baseball cap.

Team balancing for the Shetland Division will be held on Tuesday, October 11, from 5 p.m. — 6 p.m at the Lihue Baseball field. All players are asked to report to the portable building at 4:45 p.m to preregister and pick up their nametag. Each registered applicant should have a glove and rubber cleats.

Player registration form and coaches application can also be downloaded from our website at www.lihuebaseball.org. LBL is also seeking head coaches for all division from Shetland — Pony for 2005-2006 season.

For further questions, please contact Wayne Wakumoto at 245-9110 or Warren Koga at 245-3251.

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