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Diamondbacks add Steve Sax, Turner Ward to coaching staff

Dec 20, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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Arizona announced a pair of coaching hires, adding Turner Ward as assistant hitting coach and Steve Sax as first base coach.

Don Baylor is the Diamondbacks’ primary hitting coach, but they’re joining the rapidly expanding list of teams with two people devoted to the job. Ward previously managed at Double-A in Arizona’s farm system.

Sax has never coached professionally before, but during his 14-year career the five-time All-Star second baseman was teammates with Kirk Gibson on the Dodgers. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com notes that Sax “worked in finance and made some television appearances” along with authoring a motivational book. He’ll replace Eric Young and as part of the job Sax will coach the Diamondbacks on baserunning.

General manager Kevin Towers told Gilbert that Sax was chosen over Triple-A manager Brett Butler, calling it “a tough decision, a hard decision.”

  1. beefytrout - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I heard a guy got killed in NYC once, and they never found who did it. But I guess Sax wouldn’t know anything about that, would he?

    • mrfloydpink - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      But there are hundreds of unsolved murders in New York City.

      • kirkvanhouten - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        You don’t know when to keep your mouth shut, do you, Saxxy Boy?

        Fun side notes from the commentary track of that episode:
        1. Don Mattingly was not okay with the fact that Steve Sax got to be in a jazz trio while he was found washing dishes.

        2. Everyone was a real pleasure to work it, with the exception of one player whose name rhymes with “Manseco”. Apparently they had to re-write his scene that causes him to miss the big game. It was originally going to be him waking up in bed next to Edna Krabapple.

      • beefytrout - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        YOU WATCH TOO MANY MOVIES, SAX.

  2. mrfloydpink - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I wonder if Sax will also teach them how to overthrow first base. He could hire Chuck Knoblauch as his assistant.

    • kirkvanhouten - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      While Sax gets a lot of crap about that, he did overcome it. Something many other famous “yips” sufferes were never able to do. The problem occurred in 1983, he corrected it and he’d enjoy 10 more years as a 2nd baseman.

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Ha- you beat me to it!

  3. willclarkgameface - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Just don’t ask him to instruct the 2nd basemen how to throw to 1st, 2nd, 3rd base or home plate. The Diamondbacks won’t be able to execute anything between super difficult double plays to routine ground outs (code: ANYTHING).

  4. amaninwhite - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Can we get a ranking of the “30 Saxiest Coaches” in baseball?

  5. number42is1 - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Well Mr. Burns had done it,
    The power plant had won it,
    With Roger Clemens clucking all the while,
    Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness made us smile,
    While Wade Boggs lay unconscious on the barroom tile…

    We’re talkin’ softball…
    From Maine to San Diego.
    Talkin’ softball…
    Mattingly and Canseco.
    Ken Griffey’s grotesquely swollen jaw.
    Steve Sax and his run-in with the law.
    We’re talkin’ Homer… Ozzie and the Straw.

    We’re talkin’ softball…
    From Maine to San Diego.
    Talkin’ softball…
    Mattingly and Canseco.
    Ken Griffey’s grotesquely swollen jaw.
    Steve Sax and his run-in with the law.
    We’re talkin’ Homer… Ozzie and the Straw.

    • kirkvanhouten - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      • kirkvanhouten - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        …and what the hell, while we’re at it:

      • number42is1 - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Listening to that episode right now

      • ajcardsfan - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        I still love the translucent Ozzie Smith as he fell through the mystery dimension.

    • Minoring In Baseball - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Best Simpsons episode ever!!!!!!!!!!

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