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  1. #1
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    Towers is GONE....finally!

    Good move, but they let this guy really damage this team. We lost a lot of good people. I guess La Russa was promised the job when they brought him in. BIG CHEESE must be happy!

  2. #2
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    Hell yeah i am happy. I gave my 2 cents in the main about it. Its a few years to late but i am happy it happened. Hopefully someone competent will take over and turn things around.

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    Kirk Gibson latest to go in Tony La Russa's purge of Diamondbacks

    In the end, or three days from it, very little about the Arizona Diamondbacks was worth saving.

    Not the general manager, who was fired – reassigned, whatever – three weeks ago.

    And, as of Friday, not the field manager or his first assistant, either.

    Hours after Dave Stewart was named to replace departed general manager Kevin Towers, the club announced it had fired manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell. That announcement came 15 minutes before the news conference that would formally introduce Stewart.

    So Tony La Russa's top-down cleansing of the baseball department, a project undertaken when he became the club's chief baseball officer in May, is at full gallop. La Russa, Stewart and just-hired baseball operations head De Jon Watson, who represent the Diamondbacks' fresh course, will hire the new manager, who will lead the men – new or otherwise – chosen for that course, and that's a lot of moving parts.

    Any chance Gibson had of remaining in Arizona and under La Russa likely was lost in the past two months, when the Diamondbacks regressed from a mere poor team, but one potentially salvageable, to a dreadful one. Since Aug. 1 they are 15-35, and in recent weeks 4-15.

    So bad were the Diamondbacks, in fact, Gibson was not allowed – or declined – to manage the final three games of the season, a weekend series against La Russa's former St. Louis Cardinals. Trammell, who, again, also was fired, will manage the Diamondbacks through Sunday.
    In a statement, La Russa noted Gibson "…has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances," and yet the circumstances were, in the end, viewed in part as self-inflicted. Otherwise, one does not fire the man.

    In a season viewed in spring to have some promise, the Diamondbacks reach the end of September with an offense in the bottom third of the National League and a pitching staff better than only Colorado's. That does not leave many players who would have performed to their capabilities, and cannot be entirely explained by season-ending injuries to No. 1 starter Patrick Corbin (in spring) and team MVP Paul Goldschmidt (in mid-summer).

    Of his four-plus seasons in Arizona, Gibson had one winner, in 2011. That team was taken out in the division series by Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers. The rest were just average or, in the case of this season, the worst in baseball.

    Rumors surfaced in the past month that Gibson had "lost" the clubhouse, but those rumors generally ride along with sub-.400 winning percentages. Losing looks bad, and a lot of losing looks lazy, whether it is or isn't. Undeniably, the Diamondbacks spent a good portion of 2014 looking overmatched, which, by the end, cost Towers and then Gibson.

    Now Stewart (with, presumably, great input from La Russa) will pick a manager to go along with his first GM gig. Or, perhaps, La Russa will pick a manager with some input from Stewart, and the new guy will have the benefit of a returning Goldschmidt and, at some point, Corbin.

    That'll be a start, anyway, on the long way back.
    Going to be an interesting offseason.

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    Kevin Towers has told the team that he is leaving the organization.

    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks say Kevin Towers has told the team that he is leaving the organization.

    Friday's announcement by the team of Towers' departure comes a month after he was stripped of his general manager title. He has been replaced by Dave Stewart.

    The Diamondbacks also said that the contract of assistant general manager Billy Ryan will not be renewed.

    In a statement, team President Derrick Hall said that for Towers to remain would have created an ''awkwardness'' with the new management.

    The Diamondbacks named Stewart general manager last week. The team is searching for a replacement for fired manager Kirk Gibson.
    Good, didn't want him around in any shape or form.

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    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks say they have received permission to interview Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale for the team's vacant manager position.

    Hale is a former manager of the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate in Tucson and was on the big league coaching staff, either as infield coach or third base coach, for Arizona for three seasons. He just completed his third season as Oakland manager Bob Melvin's bench coach. Before that, he was third base coach for the New York Mets for two seasons.

    The Diamondbacks also have asked for permission to interview Texas Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar.

    On Wednesday, the team listed eight other candidates to be interviewed, including former Colorado, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy.
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Well-traveled former manager Jim Tracy and ex-Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Jay Bell are among seven candidates identified by the team to be interviewed to replace the fired Kirk Gibson.

    Tracy is a former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies. Bell was a member of Arizona's 2001 World Series championship team and currently is bench coach of the Cincinnati Reds.

    Others identified by the team are Sandy Alomar Jr., Don Wakamatsu, Andy Green, Phil Nevin, Turner Ward and Joe McEwing.

    Alomar is third base coach of the Cleveland Indians, Wakamatsu is Kansas City's bench coach, Green managed Arizona's Double-A affiliate in Mobile, Nevin managed the Diamondbacks' Triple-A club in Reno, Ward is Arizona's batting coach and McEwing is the third base coach of the Chicago White Sox.
    Don't know much about those guys, just posting some news that I've seen

  6. #6
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    Tracy may not be a bad choice. There's plenty of guys out there.

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