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There has been plenty of speculation recently on the future of Dodgers Manager Jim Tracy. Apparently Tracy can opt out of the two-year contract he signed last winter, and some feel he might.In today's LA Times, Bill Plaschke adds yet another volume to his DePodesta Hate-Fest, claiming that Tracy should opt out if he isn't guaranteed a long-term contract and more influence in personnel decisions.

And what, praytell, has Tracy done to earn a long-term contract? What has he done to earn himself such influence that only managers like Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa have been granted?