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Diamondbacks fire Charles Nagy and Steve Sax

Oct 8, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Trevor Cahill, Charles Nagy, Wil Nieves AP

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson kept his job despite a disappointing season, but general manager Kevin Towers dropped hints two weeks ago that the coaching staff might not be so lucky and sure enough Arizona has fired pitching coach Charles Nagy.

And according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic there may be more coaching changes on the way, perhaps as soon as later this week.

Nagy spent three seasons on the job, during which time the Diamondbacks ranked 9th, 9th, and 10th in ERA among NL teams. Those numbers aren’t as bad as they look because Arizona plays in a very hitter-friendly ballpark, but after back-to-back 81-81 seasons management felt someone had to go.

UPDATE: Another firing announced, as the Diamondbacks said goodbye to first base coach Steve Sax. Piecoro reports that the rest of the coaching staff–including Matt Williams, Alan Trammell, Don Baylor, and Turner Ward–has been asked back.

  1. tedwest - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I liked Towers for about ten minutes, but THIS is his answer to the Diamondbacks’ woes? And the two who desperately needed to go are still there – the senile old fool, Gibbon, and Williams?!? Ted Williams would be a better third base coach.

    I have no idea about Nagy, but you can’t get aces from a deck of tarot cards – the whole pitching staff is pathetic. I mean, when a sputtering rookie is your ace and even those who pitched well can’t be expected to repeat their performances next year, you’ve got trouble in River City. Especially since the river here is dry most of the time.

    My problem with Towers began when he traded Breslow and kept Fatgurski but that’s nothing compared to keeping a monkey for a manager.

    • aarondommin - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Nagy failed to help Skaggs (was the #1 pitching prospect for Dbax heading into season) along when he was with the big league club, the entire bullpen regressed from last year minus Collmenter, and Ian Kennedy went from a really good pitcher in 2011 to barely a a #5 starter. Not to mention David Hernandez was a complete mess. Thats why Nagy got canned.

    • azcatsfan - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      The problem isn’t with Gibson he can only do the best he can with what he has. The problem is Kevin Towers and how he likes to trade away our teams best players and prostpects. Many of those players he traded away were in or are now in the playoffs. Drew, Upton, Johnson (Chris) and he likes to get players who bat .215 or .225 and call them great players. No Gibson isn’t the problem it’s Towers and his make a better deal for the other team attitude. I don’t believe aquiring Martin Prado and 3 prospects was a better deal than keeping Upton.

      The other part of this poblem is Ken Kendricks the team’s Managing Partner and how he likes to call out players in public. This team shows no loyalty to the players and I can’t blame the players for not showing loyalty to the team. You watch. The first year or two that GoldSchmidt has a average season he’s going to be gone as well as Corbin.

  2. nsauser - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    These guys are just the fall guys for Gibson and his staff’s slack. I guess this will give ownership the ammo to “fire them all” once they grit out another .500 season in 2014.

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