Major League Baseball can be a progress of painting a beautiful picture. It comes with obstacles, time and effort, devotion, and a landscape of improving your craft. White Sox’s right field pitcher Sean Tracey endured a lot of unwinding obstacles that flew in his path, but he survived the obstacles by having faith in himself, being dedicated to the process of patience, and just being a positive person.
“Baseball had taught me that patience is a virtue. Each day you have to come out there and bring it. Sometimes in life, obstacles will come, but you have to remain positive through it all. My dad always told me to be a major league person and not just a MLB player. I am grateful that I had a chance to play the game I love, travel, and meet people, but nothing compares to being a positive role model.”
As a person that was surrounded by a baseball oriented family, Sean did any and everything to develop him. His dad has always told him to be positive and humbled, because things could be taken away very quickly.
In 2006, Sean made his debut with the Chicago White Sox. He played in seven games as a relief pitcher, but was let go. While he was going through his trials, he remained humbled and worked diligently each day to improve as a ball player. “I worked hard everyday to improve myself. I understand that stuff happens, but I was not going to let it stop me from improving. I had to mentally challenge myself to wake up and stay positive. Through adversity it made me grow into the person that I am.”
“We are all human and make mistakes, but at some time you have to look in the mirror and tell yourself that things will happen, but keep moving forward. You can not progress in life thinking about the past.”
Sean’s determination kept him focus. He was with the Baltimore Orioles for a brief period, but was not with them for long, due to injuries. In 2009 he ended with the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association and played for them in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Sean played Internationally 3 times as a professional in Venezuela, Mexico, and Australia.
Throughout his 12-season career he was an assistant Freshman coach for 3 seasons of combined football and baseball at Upland High school. Sean was a recruiter and the Pitching Coach for Claremont Mudd Scripps College in 2012-2014.
During the summer of 2013 he was the player pitching coach for the Santa Barbara Foresters that took the 2013 CCL North Division Championship, and a 4th-place finish in the 2013 NBC World Series.
“All these accomplishments are great, but nothing is better than living in a world where you can have a positive reflection on someone. I like to provide a light for anyone that is struggling with something. This is bigger than baseball.”
Sean has a book coming out soon and it is about his perspective on experiencing baseball the way he has. “This book is something that I wanted to do for a long time. It is my perspective about the game, how it impacted not just myself, but others that I have influenced in a positive way.”