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Diamondbacks extend contracts of manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers

Nov 3, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson watches from the dugout Reuters

Kirk Gibson is the odds-on favorite to be named NL Manager of the Year later this month, but in the meantime he’s agreed to a contract extension with the Diamondbacks that runs through 2014.

General manager Kevin Towers’ deal was also extended through 2014, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that both contracts include team options for 2015 and 2016.

Arizona will have to decide whether to exercise both the option years by the end of 2013, eliminating the possibility of a lame-duck situation.

Gibson, who played 17 seasons in the majors and was the NL MVP in 1988, has gone 128-117 (.522) since taking over as the Diamondbacks’ manager in mid-2010. Towers became the Diamondbacks’ general manager in September of last year and previously had a 15-year run as the Padres’ GM.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Does anyone know when the postseason awards will be announced? Are there dates set up or do I just have to wait impatiently?

    • mrfloydpink - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      NOV. 14, 2011
      AL, NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards announced
      NOV. 15, 2011
      AL Cy Young Award announced
      NOV. 16, 2011
      AL, NL Manager of the Year Awards announced
      NOV. 17, 2011
      NL Cy Young Award announced
      NOV. 18, 2011
      Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.
      NOV. 21, 2011
      AL Most Valuable Player Award announced
      NOV. 22, 2011
      NL Most Valuable Player Award announced

      • foreverchipper10 - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:48 PM

        Thank you.

  2. cosanostra71 - Nov 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Gibson is a good manager. will be interesting to see if Arizona can keep it up next year or if they will suffer a giants padres style relapse

  3. mgflolox - Nov 5, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Duh.

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