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Kirk Gibson | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (61) / 5/28/1957
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Chip Hale will be named the Diamondbacks' new manager.
Hale had been serving as the A's bench coach since 2011 and should bring a more forward-thinking voice to the Arizona dugout. He was part of the Diamondbacks' major league coaching staff from 2006-2009 (under Bob Melvin) and managed before that at Triple-A Tucson. He's also an alumnus of the University of Arizona, so his ties to the region run deep. The four finalists to replace Kirk Gibson in Arizona were Hale, Jim Tracy, Phil Nevin, and Sandy Alomar Jr. Mon, Oct 13, 2014 10:05:00 AM

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According to high-ranking officials within the organization, the Diamondbacks are expected to announce the hiring of a new manager on Monday.

They have narrowed their search down to four candidates: Jim Tracy, Phil Nevin, Chip Hale and Sandy Alomar Jr. Of the four, Tracy is the only candidate with prior big league managerial experience. Nevin spent the 2013 season as the manager at the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate in Reno, while Chip Hale and Sandy Alomar Jr. served as bench coaches for the Athletics and Indians respectively.
Source: USA Today
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 09:28:00 PM

The Diamondbacks have fired manager Kirk Gibson.

They let go of bench coach Alan Trammell, as well, though Trammell will stick around through the weekend as interim manager. Although it might have taken a bit longer than expected, Gibson's firing seemed like an inevitability after Tony La Russa was hired as Chief Baseball Officer. The D'Backs went 353-375 in four and a half seasons under Gibson, which includes a major league-worst 63-96 record this year. They made the playoffs in 2011 but were eliminated in the NLDS.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 04:22:00 PM

The Diamondbacks have officially hired Dave Stewart as their new general manager.

Meanwhile, Dodgers executive De Jon Watson has been hired as senior vice president of baseball operations. Both will report to chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. Stewart has a varied background, including stints as a pitching coach, assistant general manager, and most recently, as a player agent. Of course, he also pitched for La Russa with the A's from 1986-1995. The first major decision of the new regime may be whether to retain manager Kirk Gibson.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 05:03:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are set to offer their general manager job to agent Dave Stewart.

He has been seen as the favorite for a while, with Dodgers executive DeJon Watson and Red Sox executive Allard Baird being the other finalists. Stewart has worked as a coach and front office executive and most recently an agent since his retirement as a pitcher. He, of course, has history with D'Backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, having pitched for La Russa in Oakland from 1986-1995.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 11:34:00 AM

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.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 10:29:00 AM

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.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 08:37:00 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.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 08:02:00 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.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:39:00 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.
Mon, Feb 3, 2014 04:05:00 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

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