Saturday, September 27, 2014

Diamondbacks Hit Reset Button; Move Dodger Associates In And Out

Whole lotta shakin' goin' on over in Arizona. Most recently, Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell were let go from the Diamondbacks coaching staff:

PHOENIX -- Just days from the end of an awful season, the Arizona Diamondbacks fired manager Kirk Gibson.

The firing was announced Friday, 15 minutes before a news conference to introduce new Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart.

"It was my trigger to pull," chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said.

Bench coach Alan Trammell also was dismissed but will stay on to manage the final three games, a weekend series against St. Louis. The Diamondbacks lost the first game 7-6 in 10 innings Friday night.

"We just decided that being fresh, starting fresh with not just the upstairs leadership team but downstairs, is more consistent with what we are doing as an organization," La Russa said at the news conference.

And you read that right, the new GM of the Diamondbacks is Dave Stewart, the former agent of Dodger CF Matt Kemp:

Matt Kemp needs a new agent after Dave Stewart, his current (or previous) one, was hired as general manager and vice president of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Stewart will be bringing along De Jon Watson, the Dodgers’ vice president of player development, as his senior vice president of baseball operations.

Both will report to Tony La Russa, the team’s new chief baseball officer, completing a major front-office revamping for the last-place Diamondbacks.

According to Forbes magazine, Stewart will over his agent duties to his business colleague, Dave Henderson.

Bummer to lose De Jon Watson from our front office, though.


Neeebs (The Original) said...

Yeah. Bummer to lose De Jon Watson. He developed so many MLB ready hitters for the Dodgers.

Dusty Baker said...

Did someone say In and Out?

Dusty Baker said...

4-4 bottom sixth

Orel said...

6-6 top 8

Orel said...

Pirates lose on walkoff grand salami

Steve Sax said...

Sorry, I got Scooby-dooed.