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UPDATE: Diamondbacks retain manager Kirk Gibson

Oct 3, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com new Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers will make an announcement "regarding manager Kirk Gibson and coaching staff" Monday, with the assumption being that Gibson will be named the full-time manager...

UPDATE: Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona says the decision has been made.  Gibson will be back.

According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com new Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers will make an announcement “regarding manager Kirk Gibson and coaching staff” Monday, with the assumption being that Gibson will be named the full-time manager after filling the role on an interim basis for the final 83 games of the season.

Gibson’s winning percentage is actually slightly worse than the .420 mark that predecessor A.J. Hinch posted in one-plus season on the job before being fired, but the former MVP and World Series hero has generally received positive reviews from Diamondbacks players and the media.

Towers and Gibson recently spent time together on a road trip in what the GM described as “a getting-to-know-each-other session.” In addition to apparently keeping Gibson as manager, Towers also successfully kept Jerry Dipoto in the organization after the former interim GM finished runner-up to him in the full-time GM job search.

  1. btberry - Oct 4, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    They’re not going to find anyone better for manager, but it doesn’t really matter. The situational hitting is horrible, way too many offensive strikeouts all around, inconsistent defense, the worst bullpen I’ve ever seen in my life (it’s not just statistical anomalies … they really are that bad) and a bunch of number 3 or 4 starters. They just have so many holes, not really sure what any manager could possible do with this roster. And it baffles me that Josh Byrnes’ name keeps coming up for other GM positions. Do people really not pay attention to what he put together in AZ?

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