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Diamondbacks bringing back Kirk Gibson, but coaches might be goners

Sep 27, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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General manager Kevin Towers is committed to keeping Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks’ manager next season, but it sounds like his coaching staff might not be so lucky following a disappointing year.

Gibson has talked about taking “100 percent responsibility” for the season, but here’s what Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic:

If there are changes to be made. we’re going to probably try to do them rather quickly. … I don’t think anybody’s looking to point a finger to our club finishing around .500 this year because of our coaching staff. What you have to do is look at your product, the people that you have, and make sure you have the right people that are leading that product and coaching that product to get the most out of it. Those are questions that Gibby and I need to talk about.

Piecoro notes that the coaching staff is filled with former All-Stars (Matt Williams, Charles Nagy, Don Baylor, Steve Sax, Alan Trammell) who were praised for their work in 2011 and 2012. And the only real change since then was the departure of Eric Young as first base coach. But when expectations aren’t met and the manager is safe, coaches are always going to be on the chopping block.

  1. alexo0 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Guess they just ran out of grit.

    • dan1111 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      The key to success is trading them for some less talented coaches.

    • paperlions - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Nah, their grit is fine, but their talent-grit-ratio is too heavily skewed toward grit.

      When your 2nd best every day player (guys with > 400 PA) has a wRC+ of 102, you got problems.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I think they woke up this year and simply forgot how to do their jobs. That sort of stuff happens all the time apparently.

  3. thesmedman - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    They were hired by a previous GM. End of story.

  4. gbrim - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Gibby and Towers will be on a very short leash next year, mainly because the owner is overly enamored with the talent on the roster. Good luck upgrading the coaching staff under those circumstances, and with only one year remaining on the contracts of Gibby and Towers.

    • nsauser - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Aren’t both of their contracts up at this season’s end? I guess you give each 2 year extensions?

      • gbrim - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Under contract thru 2014. All coaches contracts end 2013.

    • nsauser - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Never mind, Towers and Gibby and under contract thru end of 2014 season. So yea you are right, short leashes. If the team starts slowly or tunes Gibby out which seems to have started this year then he may not make it through the year.

  5. nsauser - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    It is amazing with the experience the coaching staff has that they continue to make poor decisions. Figure out how to manage a pitching staff!

    If I was to guess I’d say of the big name coaches Williams, Nagy, and Baylor will be gone. With Baylor likely retiring. We’ll have to see how the players respond to Gibby next year because it seems that his way may be fading.

  6. misterj167 - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    If Gibby goes, he can always find work in the NFL. Why ask baseball players to play football when you can ask football players to play football?

  7. timpaz - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Gibson is the one who should go along with Nagy, though he’s a good guy and great rah rah guy, Gibson is not a very good strategist, and Nagy is a terrible pitching coach, and Btw , Towers is the first one who should be fired, awful trades, loads up team with a bunch of overpaid washed up relievers, and the Upton trade one of the worst ever.

  8. jdhein22 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Wait, I thought it was Ryan Braun’s fault?

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