With the recent struggles for the Arizona Diamondbacks, it seemed almost certain that the team would clean house in the off-season, removing general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson. The team went as far to hire Tony La Russa to oversee the front office and baseball operations, which only seemed to make drastic changes seem more likely. It appears that may not be the case though, as there are now reports that Gibson’s services will be retained for next year.
The #Dbacks currently plan to bring back manager Kirk Gibson for the 2015 season, but Tony La Russa delaying any official announcement.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 19, 2014
This does seem to be an odd move, especially considering the struggles the team has faced recently. The details of Gibson’s current contract have not been disclosed, but he was extended before this season. Since then, the team has been under scrutiny for intentionally hitting players and losing a lot of games, the latter which is probably of more concern for La Russa.
An official announcement hasn’t been made yet. Reportedly La Russa is delaying that, which makes sense. A lot can change over the next month and change until the season is over, and especially with September call ups around the corner, the way Gibson handles the new squad could play a factor into his future with the team.
It is also would make sense that if Gibson is retained, so would Towers. It’s rare that a general manager isn’t given the opportunity to select his own manager, which would be the case if Gibson was re-signed and then Towers was fired. Towers would seem to be on more of a hot seat, since almost none of the Diamondbacks’ trades from recent years have panned out. They’ve lost young stars such as Justin Upton, Jarrod Parker, Ian Kennedy, Trevor Bauer and Adam Eaton. Their current record shows what the return on those moves is.
This news is by no means official, but it seems that Kirk Gibson may have a future in Arizona after all.