Two baseball alums involved in 2004 MLB playoffs

Major League Baseball’s 2004 playoffs certainly have a Marietta College feel about them.

Jim Tracy ’78 is in his fourth season as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager and his first in the postseason, while Terry Mulholland ’84 is pitching for the Minnesota Twins after nearly two decades of professional action.

Both played for the Etta Express under legendary coach Don Schaly, who retired after the 2003 season.

Tracy, who finished second in the 2001 Manager of the Year balloting, led the Dodgers to the top of the National League West this season with a 93-69 record. The Dodgers are playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the N.L. Divisional Series with the first two games in St. Louis and at least the third game in Los Angeles.

Mulholland, who was drafted in the first round of the 1984 draft by the San Francisco Giants, and the Twins are battling the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The Twins won the A.L. Central with a 92-70 record.

Mulholland pitched in the 1993 World Series with the Phillies and the 1999 Series with the Braves. He has a career postseason record of 3-4. For his career, the left-hander has an overall record of 124-140 after going 5-9 for the Twins as both a starter and reliever.

Mulholland, a two-time All-American at Marietta, led the Pioneers to the 1983 NCAA Division III championship by going 14-2 on the hill. He also guided MC to a second-place finish in 1984 with a 12-1 record. He finished his Etta Express career with a 30-3 record and 2.39 ERA.

Pioneer Park sits on Mulholland Drive, which was renamed in his honor after he made a large donation for the lighting system. Mulholland and his wife, Kiara, have three children: Tyler, Travis and Destinee.

Tracy, who entered 2004 in the final year of a four-year contract, should be rewarded with a new deal from Dodger ownership after leading them to the playoffs for the first time since 1996 when they were swept 3-0 by the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.

He has had a winning record in each of his four seasons as manager and coached in the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee. Tracy guided the Dodgers to an 86-76 record in his first season at the helm and kept the Dodgers in the race the entire season, despite having to use the disabled list 20 times with players missing over a combined 600 games and juggling the lineup to come up with 114 different combinations.

As a player, he compiled a .249 career batting average in two Major League seasons after he was selected by the Cubs in the fourth round of the January 1977 First-Year Player Draft.

He was an All-American at Marietta as a sophomore in 1976, and like Mulholland, is a member of the MC Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also a starter as a freshman when Marietta finished second in the nation in the NCAA Division II-III World Series.

Tracy and his wife, Debra, reside in Claremont, Calif., with their three sons: Brian, Chad and Mark. Brian is a pitcher at UC Santa Barbara and Chad is a catcher at Pepperdine University.
 
TOM PERRY