AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I did what I felt was necessary to do from my end, and that is to make people aware of my stance,” Tracy said. Maybe there was no explicit ultimatum, but the implication seemed clear: Provide the extension, or I will exercise the out clause. In the process, Tracy may well have painted himself into a corner. It’s hard to imagine DePodesta now deciding he wants to give Tracy a three-year extension when DePodesta would agree to only two years last offseason. “We gave him a two-year deal for a reason,” DePodesta said. “At this point, he’s still under contract to us for a second year.” The easiest, simplest thing for the Dodgers to do is nothing. If Tracy then opts out, it’s on him. He had to know what he was doing during that meeting. Tracy, understandably, wants an extension – something more than the single year remaining on his contract, something to give him security as the Dodgers continue a youth movement that has arrived, prematurely and unexpectedly. His contract has an out, a one-week opening at the season’s end to annul his deal. Tracy and his agents, Alan and Randy Hendricks, met with general manager Paul DePodesta and owner Frank McCourt on Sept. 8 to request an extension. Last night of the home season, last night to bemoan a disappointing year, to point fingers, to plant new flags … to wave goodbye to manager Jim Tracy? It’s been a quick five years, and it could well play for another season, but it’s hard to fight the sense that Thursday marked the last Dodger Stadium appearance of Tracy at the helm of the Dodgers. “I’ll leave that for you to think about,” DePodesta said. Clearly, Tracy wants back. He has given this organization everything he could for five years. No one can seriously criticize the overall job he has done, particularly with this season’s injury-riddled, youth-driven, talent-challenged team. “I’m certainly not ashamed of what I’ve done here for the past five years,” Tracy said. “We’ve won 426 games. A divisional championship, a playoff victory for the first time in 16 years. I don’t feel like I have to apologize for that.” Tracy has earned an extension and should feel some job security as the organization braces for another overhaul. But his relationship with DePodesta is lukewarm. Personally, they seem to like each other. Both are bright, earnest, likeable men. Yet they have philosophical baseball differences. Have had their share of disagreements over personnel and how to use it. If DePodesta has any hesitation over Tracy as a manager, over how well they ultimately work together as a team, then why would he offer an extension? In the “Moneyball” world, managers carry out the vision from above. They execute the plan as laid out by the general manager. Ultimately, they are replaceable. Does Tracy feel wanted? “I’m waiting to hear that,” Tracy said. “To hear about the meeting that I had. There’s nothing else to talk about.” Neither Tracy nor DePodesta have confirmed an extension was requested, nor was it implied that the manager would opt out next week if it was not offered. Tracy has made his request with typical class. He has tried to keep the spotlight away from his individual situation and on the team. But if the Dodgers wanted to extend his deal, they’ve had three weeks since their meeting to do it. If they haven’t done it yet, why would they next week? “Some people might say that,” DePodesta said. “There are other ways to look at it, too.” The Reds gave a new contract, albeit for one year, to interim manager Jerry Narron on Thursday. Nothing requires them to wait until the offseason. DePodesta said the team will respond to Tracy quickly once the season ends, and he doesn’t mean by Wednesday. “We won’t wait that long,” he said. If no extension is offered, Tracy has a serious decision to make. There is no guarantee another major league club will offer him a managerial position, particularly coming off this year’s dismal record. And he is under contract for a maximum $900,000 next season. He is ingrained in the community. He has children in area high schools and colleges. There is also his pride. He justifiably believes he deserves an extension. He had his meeting. He made his feeling clear. Thursday, as ashes from the local fires sprinkled down, Dodger Stadium oddly felt like a funeral pyre. Like it was time to wave goodbye to Tracy. — Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!