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Kirk Gibson | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (57) / 5/28/1957
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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The Diamondbacks on Friday announced the termination of general manager Kevin Towers.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported earlier that the firing was coming, and now it's officially. There's a new wrinkle, though, as Towers has been offered another position in the organization and is said to be "evaluating the opportunity." Ultimately, it would be a surprise if he sticks around. Many feel that he'll wind up back in San Diego as part of their front office. The D'Backs will begin their search for a new GM this week. Sep 5 - 10:29 AM

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have fired general manager Kevin Towers.

It always seemed like it would happen eventually once Tony La Russa was brought aboard as Chief Baseball Officer. The fact that manager Kirk Gibson wasn't dismissed at the same time as Towers is probably a good sign that he's indeed returning. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last month that Gibson would be retained before the report was denied by La Russa. The rumor is that Towers could resurface quickly as an executive with the Padres.
Sep 5 - 8:37 AM

Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has denied a report that the club has decided to bring back manager Kirk Gibson next season.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the news earlier Tuesday. While it may turn out to be accurate, La Russa insists that no decision has been made regarding the future of Gibson or general manager Kevin Towers. The belief is that both Gibson and Towers are under contract next season, though the club never officially released the details of the extensions they signed in spring training.
Aug 19 - 8:02 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks are planning to bring manager Kirk Gibson back for 2015.

It doesn't sound like a sure thing yet, as chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is delaying an official announcement. There's been plenty of speculation that he could prefer to bring in his own guys. The Diamondbacks have regressed since winning the National League West in 2011 (Gibson's first full season at the helm) and currently own a 53-72 record this season.
Aug 19 - 10:39 AM

The Diamondbacks have given extensions to general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson.

Terms aren't yet known, but both Towers and Gibson were set to enter the final guaranteed year of their contracts. Gibson has been the manager for Arizona since July of 2010 while Towers came aboard two months later.
Feb 3 - 4:05 PM

Mel Stottlemyre Jr. will be the new Diamondbacks bullpen coach, John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR reports.

It will be Stottlemyre's second go-round with the club, as he served as the pitching coach from 2009-2010. The Diamondbacks are also expected to name Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey as their new pitching coach.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 08:20:00 PM

The Diamondbacks will name Mike Harkey as their new pitching coach, according to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona.

Harkey, 47, most recently served as the bullpen coach for the Yankees. He will replace Charles Nagy, whom the Diamondbacks fired after the season. Harkey does have some prior experience as pitching coach after taking over for Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland during a leave of absence in 2010. He'll look to improve a pitching staff that ranked 10th in the National League in ERA this past season.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 07:31:00 PM

John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR reports that the Diamondbacks have hired former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan as a pitching consultant/special assistant to the general manager.

The report has been confirmed by Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The D'Backs wanted Duncan to become their pitching coach, but the 68-year-old decided that he wasn't ready to take on a full-time job again. Even in a relatively minor role, it's a nice addition for the D'Backs.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 06:53:00 PM

The Diamondbacks are still waiting to hear from Dave Duncan about their vacant pitching coach position.

The Diamondbacks have offered him the job, so the ball is in the 68-year-old Duncan's court as to whether he'll accept. Duncan stepped down as the Cardinals' pitching coach in January 2012 -- the same offseason that Duncan's longtime friend Tony La Russa retired -- to care for his wife as she battled brain cancer. "Another possibility is for Duncan to accept a lesser position, something like pitching coordinator for the entire organization," wrote Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 07:42:00 PM

Scott Miller of CBS Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have named Turner Ward as their hitting coach.

Ward was on the D'Backs staff as the assistant hitting coach in 2013. Miller reports that they have also named Dave McKay as their first base coach. McKay had spent the previous two seasons in that same role with the Cubs, after spending over 20 seasons working under Tony LaRussa in Oakland and St. Louis. Glenn Sherlock will serve as the D'Backs third base coach.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Diamondbacks have approached former Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan regarding their pitching coach vacancy.

Duncan has said that he's open to a return to baseball and has been approached by various teams for a variety of roles. What's not clear, though, is whether he would prefer to return to coaching or a less demanding position. Perhaps working in the Diamondbacks' favor is that one of Duncan's sons, Shelley, and grandchildren live in the Phoenix area.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 08:39:00 AM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have declined manager Kirk Gibson's options for 2015 and 2016.

That means 2014 is Gibson's final guaranteed year under contract. With his pitching, first and third base coaches gone, it's clear that Gibson will need to lead the D'Backs to a good year next season in order to return. Gibson has been connected to the opening in Detroit but says he wants to remain in Arizona. "I like where I am," Gibson said. "I’m motivated to finish what I started here. My goals haven’t changed. I like the organization and the people I work for and work with, I like the players and I think our outlook is encouraging."
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 09:56:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman heard from a source that the Diamondbacks will not give up manager Kirk Gibson.

Danny Knobler, also of CBS Sports, reported Monday morning that Gibson -- a native of Michigan with multiple ties to the Tigers -- is a candidate for the managerial opening in Detroit. But that can be taken off the table now. Knobler also tied former major league catcher Brad Aumsus to the gig. Jim Leyland resigned Monday after a highly-successful eight-year run with the Tigers.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 02:38:00 PM

CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that Kirk Gibson is a candidate for the Tigers' managerial opening.

Gibson grew up in Michigan and has worked as both a broadcaster and bench coach for the Tigers, but he is still under contract with the Diamondbacks and that's a team that expects to compete in 2014. Knobler says former major league catcher Brad Ausmus is also a candidate in Detroit. It's undoubtedly one of the premier jobs in the sport. Jim Leyland stepped down Monday morning after an eight-year stay with the club.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:43:00 AM

The Diamondbacks have fired first base coach Steve Sax.

Sax was only on Kirk Gibson's staff for one season. The Diamondbacks have also fired pitching coach Charles Nagy.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 01:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2Tuffy Gosewisch
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Mark Trumbo
2Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Aaron Hill
SS1Chris Owings
2Didi Gregorius
3Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
2Cliff Pennington
3Jordan Pacheco
LF1Cody Ross
2Nolan Reimold
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Ender Inciarte
3Brett Jackson
RF1David Peralta
2Alfredo Marte
Starting Pitcher
S1Wade Miley
2Bronson Arroyo
3Vidal Nuno
4Josh Collmenter
5Chase Anderson
6Trevor Cahill
7Andrew Chafin
8Patrick Corbin
Relief Pitcher
R1Addison Reed
2Brad Ziegler
3Oliver Perez
4Evan Marshall
5Matt Stites
6Eury de la Rosa
7Will Harris
8Daniel Hudson
9Matt Reynolds
10David Hernandez
11Zeke Spruill
12Joe Paterson
13Randall Delgado