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GM Kevin Towers on D-Backs’ hopeful turnaround: “Will I be around to see it? I don’t know.”

May 3, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

Kevin Towers AP

The Diamondbacks enter Saturday night’s game with the Padres at 10-22, the worst record in baseball. Their -60 run differential is also the worst in baseball, even worse than the lowly Astros at -53.

There are plenty of explanations for the slow start, but chief among them is that the club has been ravaged by injuries. Four pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery, including Patrick Corbin and Daniel Hudson, and slugger Mark Trumbo — the prize acquisition of the off-season for the D-Backs — is dealing with a stress fracture in his left foot.

GM Kevin Towers thinks his team will turn things around, but he isn’t sure if he’ll still have a job by then. Via MLB.com’s Barry M. Bloom:

Right now, he still feels he and manager Kirk Gibson are on the same page with managing partner Ken Kendrick and club president Derrick Hall.

“But they’re both very, very disappointed, and rightfully so,” Towers said before the D-backs played his former team, the Padres, at Petco Park on Friday night. “When you spend $110 million and you’re 9-22 at the end of April, I wouldn’t be happy, either. I’m also disappointed, but I still believe in the core group. I think they will get better. Will I be around to see it? I don’t know.”

Towers’ tenure in Arizona has been controversial to say the least. He traded franchise superstar Justin Upton to the Braves last year and has come out on the losing end of the swap. Towers also made headlines when he fired pitching coach Charles Nagy for refusing to instruct his pitchers to throw at opposing players.

  1. luz56 - May 3, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Correction… The losing end on almost every trade he’s made! I gave up my season seats 3 years ago. I will not support a team that has this village idiot in control…it’s not like you can’t get a ticket when there’s between 5-8 thousand at each game…You win or lose with pitching and this so called manager has give up all our top prospects for grit…Jeezus Chrisp I’m mad!!!

  2. gothapotamus90210 - May 3, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    A team comprised of gritty players gets snakebitten by injuries, how ironic …

  3. nsauser - May 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    I think Towers and Gibson are a 5 game losing streak from being canned. The problem which has been eluded to elsewhere is that almost every internal managerial candidate and potential GM replacement were hired by and are loyal to Gibson & Towers. The Dbacks ownership has made this bed (for a second time) and now have to lie in it. Personally, the managing partner and CEO should be replaced along with the manager and GM.

    • gbrim - May 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Agree with Kendrick being the heart of the problem. He has to go, and his replacement as managing general partner has to be interested in long-term success as a smaller market team. Draft, build, develop, keep the best longer-term. Pull a Rays/A’s approach with more money than they have to keep your best home grown prospects long term. Kendrick has never had the patience, or maybe interest, in going that route. He IS the problem, and has been since he took over for Colangelo.

  4. luz56 - May 3, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Yes a total house cleaning……

  5. yahmule - May 4, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    It’s almost as if grit don’t mean ****.

    • paperlions - May 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I think we can probably cuss in other languages, even though cussing effectively in another language is challenging (you know you are fluent when you can cuss like a native speaker), use of single words like joder and mierda can get the point across

  6. luz56 - May 4, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Watched the post game interview,…. Kirk Gibson… He is either half cut or he’s got some serious health issues

  7. delusionalcardsfan - May 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Unfortunately, I think that both will last the season because the DBags have no escape plan. Firing Towers if fine and well, but what do you do from there. The organization needs to be scrubbed of KT and the people that have been supporting his piss poor decision making. The Dbacks had a lot of promise for years of competitive ball through our prospect rich farm system. Then it was traded away for squat! We’re screwed!

    • paperlions - May 4, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Plus, you have to consider how attractive the job will be to GMs qualified to turn it around. If they don’t have the necessary infrastructure that uses modern approaches to scouting, player development, and analytics….a lot of the best guys for the job (turning the team around and rebuilding the farm systems) probably won’t be that interested…especially if they feel like Kendrick is going to still a meddling presence. Yes, there are only 30 GM jobs, but if you take one that is going to make it difficult to succeed, you may wind up blowing your one shot.

      • gbrim - May 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        The DBacks have not ignored analytics (media and Kendrick comments to the contrary, in Kendrick’s case its just an excuse for his impatience and awful decisions over the years), and they have a great track record identifying and developing talent. The problem is ownership trading these great prospects away in a futile attempt to win now, under both an analytics heavy Byrnes and analytics light Towers.

      • paperlions - May 4, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        I know they aren’t the Phillies, but for an analytics department to be useful ownership and the GM have to actually use the information to help inform decisions. It is probably tough to maintain a top notch analytics team if their work is being ignored as it has been with Towers. The point, really, is that if Kendrick is going to continue to meddle in such a way that undoes years of work, it’ll be hard to attract top GM talent…and I would guess that any candidate that actually asks if he’ll have free reign to do his job or if ownership will get in the way will probably not to offered the job….even though every candidate will want to know the answer to that question.

  8. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    So you’re saying Gritball isn’t getting the greenlight?

  9. zdravit - May 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    He already intentionally destroyed the roster. His work is done here. Ride off into the sunset.

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