I thought that Oakland's farewell/welcome back of Ken Macha would be the strangest going-on of the offseason. It very well may be, but now at least there is a challenger. Back at the beginning of the month we hired Jim Tracy. Tracy was available because of his disagreements with Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta, who was hired by the team's new owner, Frank McCourt. That's perfectly normal, new owners often bring in new GMs, and more often than not a new GM will want his own manager, someone who views baseball in the same light that they do. Except that now DePodesta's been fired. So what does this have to do with Tracy? Probably nothing, to be honest. Bill Plaschke (who from what I can understand is LAs version of Smizik) will crow about how this is what DePodesta deserved for cutting Tracy free blah blah stat geek blah blah nerd blah blah blah. The truth is, any owner that fires a GM after two seasons, one of which was a division championship and another of which was marred by injuries. The only thing worse than a tightwad owner is a meddling, rich owner who thinks he knows baseball.