Remember just over a month ago when it was reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks would be bringing back manager Kirk Gibson despite an atrocious record this year? Well, it turns out that’s another great example of how you have to take all reports with a grain of salt until they’re actually official. That’s right, today Gibson was removed from his post as skipper of the Snakes.
Honestly, this comes as no surprise considering not only does the team have the worst record in the majors this year, but it’s a stark dropoff from the 94 games they won in 2011 when Gibson was named manager of the year. I suppose the only surprise is that a guy who won manager of the year a few seasons ago would be let go this soon.
The team’s Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa made a fairly bland statement about Gibson’s dismissal.
Kirk has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances and we are grateful for his professionalism and his dedicated service to the organization over the past eight years.
Gibson made a similarly coach-speak statement, though it was quite classy in its own right.
I am extremely appreciative for this opportunity and I had a great experience with the Diamondbacks. I know we had a tough year and people will look at this as a negative, but we accomplished a lot of good things here. I told the team that I have nothing but the utmost respect for this organization and the people I’ve met along the way. Most of all, I’d like to thanks the players, coaches, staff and everyone within the organization for the unwavering support while I was here.
There’s still no word about who the team may look to as a replacement, but there’s likely going to be an array of candidates discussed over the next few days. There’s been word of Jason Varitek as a candidate to land with some team, and Dusty Baker is without a team, but those are merely two of the dozens of candidates La Russa and co are likely to look at.
Bench coach Alan Trammell was also let go.