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D'Backs fire manager A.J. Hinch, GM Josh Byrnes

Jul 1, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

The disappointing Diamondbacks cleaned house on Thursday evening, cutting ties with skipper A.J. Hinch and GM Josh Byrnes.

11:20 PM:  This just keeps getting better.  According to Ken Rosenthal of, bench coach and World Series legend Kirk Gibson will take over as skipper.

11:01 PM:  Nightengale adds that general manager Josh Byrnes has also been let go.  He was hired in 2005 and given an eight-year extension in 2008.  But, uh, so much for that.

10:47 PM: According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Diamondbacks have fired manager A.J. Hinch.

Hinch was named Arizona’s skipper in May of 2009, at the age of 34, after Bob Melvin was fired.   At the time, many questioned whether he was the right man for the job, given his lack of experience in the coaching profession.  Those doubters can crack a small grin tonight.

Managers often have very little to do with the outcome of games, let alone seasons, but it’s most definitely worth noting that Hinch led the D’Backs to an 89-123 record during his short tenure in Arizona.

General manager Josh Byrnes is also believed to be on the hot seat, but has not yet been canned.

  1. dougtucson - Jul 2, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    This is wonderful. You cannot make this stuff up. Kirk Gibson! That should certainly make up for the lack of talent, hitting skills, and pitching. Kirk Gibson! Yeah!

  2. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    The D’backs do not lack talent or hitting skills. What has done them in is poor trading and the worst bullpen in baseball. There are some prospects in the minors who could help, but this is not a crop to shout about.

    It’s too bad; Josh Byrnes at the time of hiring was supposedly one of the best up and coming assistant GMs around. I don’t know if he needed more seasoning or what, but he pulled the gun on some dumb trades.

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