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Kirk Gibson, Kevin Towers given votes of confidence

Apr 16, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

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The Diamondbacks lost another game to the Mets on Wednesday afternoon and are now 4-14 on the season with by far the worst run differential (-48) in the major leagues. Diamondbacks manger Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers were both given contract extensions this spring, but the club had fairly high expectations heading into the 2014 regular season so it’s fair to wonder whether one of those two (or both) might be on the hot seat.

Wonder no more, friends. At least for a little while.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman spoke to D’Backs president Derrick Hall on Wednesday and asked him where Gibson and Towers stand after such a dreadful start. “It’s far too early to say they’re in jeopardy,” Hall said. “I wouldn’t say anybody’s in trouble at this point. … Right now you can’t place blame on any one person.”

We’ll see if that tune changes if the club’s on-field performance does not improve. The Diamondbacks have a 6.14 staff ERA — highest in the majors — and top pitching prospect Archie Bradley remains in the minors.

  1. jrob23 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    nobody had high expectations for this club this year. They have the offense or at least enough potential, to keep up with most teams. They don’t have the arms. But they have three legit pitching prospects that could be called up mid season and for sure by next season. Anyone who actually buys that they were built to compete this year is clueless about the Diamondbacks and baseball in general. So, basically a non story

    • jrbdmb - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      “Not built to compete for the division this year” is not the same as “embarrassing joke of a team.” If things continue on this path heads will roll.

      • Old Gator - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        In the sand.

    • gloccamorra - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Actually, the Diamondbacks themselves had high expectations. After finishing 81-81 two years in a row, Towers made moves to get the club in position for a post-season spot. That’s not working out so far. Anyway, as soon as Hall gives either/both an official vote of confidence, they should both pack their bags, ’cause that’s the kiss of death.

      • gbrim - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Its an exact replay of the DBacks with Byrnes as GM. Have a surprisingly good season (2007 & 2011). Begin trading away a great farm system for ‘dependable’ vets, stretch the payroll to the breaking point (for a team with very meager resources–this year they have the 10th highest payroll), have a couple of disappointing seasons, then fall apart completely. Ownership has been along for the ride both times, and it will not get better until they learn the rules of competing as a small-market team. Kendrick should be replaced after 2014 by another member of the partnership that owns the DBacks. Time for a fresh start with new leadership,

    • mpzz - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      What’s “non” about it? The Diamondbacks ARE lousy. The ownership did give management the dreaded vote of confidence. Prior to the last two .500 seasons they won the division. People expected them to improve.

  2. hammyofdoom - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Just from an outsiders perspective (Being a Sox fan up in the North East) what this team has been doing is absolutely dumbfounding. Trading away talent like Skaggs and Eaton for what? Mark Trumbo? Trevor Bauer for Didi Gregorious? All the talk about retaliation, following the unwritten baseball rules of no fun, yet I see highlights from of 80s Kirk Gibson blowing kisses to the fans after hitting home runs in key situations where 2010s Gibson would be infuriated.

    I don’t watch the Diamondbacks but even if they didn’t suck they’d probably still be one of the least fun sounding teams to me. Is it just me, or are they really that bad?

    • nsauser - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      We’ll you can Google ‘Trevor Bauer Diamondbacks’ and you’ll see why they got rid of him. The real question is, why did they draft him if they already knew he was a square peg and all they had were round holes. Didn’t make much sense.

      Now why do they stick with Owings who has made defensive errors at SS and been picked off on the base paths? Only because he can hit, Towers will trade Grigorious soon, mark my word. Makes no sense.

    • jrob23 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Bauer is a bumb. Skagg is at best a #5 starter. I like Adam Eaton that was a loss, but Trumbo has 6 HR and 18 RBI already granted it’s all or nothing with him. But power is at a premium. After all the bitching about the Upton trade it ended up being fairly even. They just don’t have the arms. But they aren’t far from coming up so hopefully the ‘fans’ won’t give up on them after a tough first month. At this time last season Mattingly was on his way to being fired and the Dodgers were a disgrace. Relax

  3. Kevin Gillman - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    It’s far too early for these “vote of confidence” posts, is it not?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM

      Anyone who receives the dreaded “vote of confidence” should be worried.

      • Kevin Gillman - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        They are DOOMED!!

  4. earpaniac - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    At least with all that grit they have the sand to fight through it.

  5. chargrz - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Witnessed Towers inability to draft players here in San Diego for nearly 20 years. He is awful and i cannot believe AZ hired him. Good Luck!

    • gloccamorra - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      His rep was built on knowledge of pitching, especially building bullpens, wasn’t it? That’s their weak spot now.

  6. seanwasamarine - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    Do you all forget they were in first place for much of the season last year?…with almost the same team. I have very little faith in their pitching but their offense, on paper, is better than last year. Before Corbin went down, it wasn’t stupid to think they could compete, maybe even for a Wildcard spot. Once their pitching situation gets figured out, their offense won’t feel so much pressure to do too much and things will then begin to hopefully fall in place.

    • dan1111 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      Last year’s team was never good. They were a mediocre team that managed to fill the void while the only good team in the division underperformed. Their high water mark for the season was 8 games over .500 and a 3 game lead over the Giants in June.

      I suppose with two wild cards anything is possible, but even so it is hard to imagine a path for them to the playoffs. Corbin plus four average starters, along with an average offense, is not a recipe for success.

  7. Earnest Christian - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:01 AM

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  8. Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    It’s all Justin Upton’s lazy-ass fault.

    Wait what?

  9. paperlions - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    But they hired Dave Duncan as a special assistant or something. You mean, that didn’t make up for Towers regularly trading away talented grit-challenged pitchers and acquiring less talented players in return? Who’d have thunk it? Oh, right. Pretty much everyone but AZ.

    • azvikefan - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      “grit-challenged pitchers”. I like that.

  10. largebill - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Time to update the resume.

  11. timpaz - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Towers traded away the store for washed up relievers and utility players, Gibson is not a game manager, just a rah , rah guy which doesn’t work with today’s players , show them both the door , Az. fans deserve better than what’s on the field now.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Well, the good thing at least is that both their contracts are up at the end of this year, so it won’t be a big deal to cut them… wait, they both just got extended? Well dammit.

    • nsauser - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Yea, I was never a fan of Eaton. But trading away Skaggs & Parker really hurts, those guys will be solid #2 or #3 starters eventually. The Dbacks (or Towers) have the keen ability to buy high and sell low, the exact opposite of what you are supposed to do.

      • paperlions - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Eaton > Pollock. Eaton was always considered the far superior prospect. Trading an asset like Eaton and only getting back a relief pitcher was a really horrible trade….even if they considered Eaton to be redundant and expendable, you have to get more in return for that talent.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Eaton was actually traded (along with Skaggs) for Mark Trumbo and two minor leaguers – which is actually an even worse deal. Addison Reed was traded six days later for Matt Davidson.

  12. icanspeel - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    All that grit is paying off.. oh wait, grit doesn’t win games?

  13. jeffr85392 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    The dreaded vote of confidence? Start the clock on the Gibson/Towers Death Watch. Gonna be a long summer for baseball here in the desert.

  14. drewsylvania - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Thoroughly enjoying the Gibson/Towers d-bag combo of failure.

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