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NL Manager of the Year goes to Diamondbacks’ Gibson


Kirk Gibson (courtesy of

When Kirk Gibson was a major league baseball star, all of his managers felt he would make a good coach or manager in his own right someday.

He has proven that he is a solid manager.

Gibson oversaw a worst team in the National League to first place in the NL West and the playoffs for his Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gibson was a clear choice for National League Manager of the Year honors in 2011 in his first full year as a big-league skipper.

The 54-year-old Gibson led the D-Backs to a 94-68 record. He assumed the manager’s job in midseason 2010 as Arizona went 65-97. This season, the D-Backs advanced to the playoffs, where it lost to Milwaukee in the opening round in the 10th inning.

The former Michigan State football star received 28 of 32 first-place votes for 152 points. He was the only manager in either league who was listed on every ballot of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.


Info compiled from MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks, Radio & TV news

Angels hire DiPoto as new GM


Jerry DiPoto (Colorado Rockies media guide photo)

The Los Angeles Angels have hired Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto as their new general manager.

The 43-year-old DiPoto spent the past six seasons in Arizona’s front office, serving as interim GM in 2010 and stayed with the team after the D-Backs hired Kevin Towers for the fulltime GM job in September 2010.

DiPoto has also worked for the Red Sox when they had their run to the 2004 World Series.

The 43-year-old DiPoto pitched in the major leagues for Cleveland, the NY Mets and Colorado. He had a career record of 27-24 with 49 saves in his career.


Info compiled from Radio & TV news

Kenton Ridge grad Eaton finishes up productive second season in Minors


Adam Eaton (courtesy of Mobile Bay Bears)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have high expectations of the talents that Adam Eaton possesses that he has been selected along with four other players to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. He’ll be heading out this weekend to play for the Salt River Rafters in Scottsdale.

Eaton, a 2007 graduate of Springfield Kenton Ridge High School, started the 2011 season with the Single-A Visalia Rawhide and in June was promoted to the Mobile BayBears. He hit .302, the third-best average on the team, had an on-base percentage of .409 in 56 games. He hit four home runs, stole 10 bases and knocked home 28 runs.

Adam’s second minor league season ended with a championship as the Double-A BayBears last Sunday clinched the Southern League title with a 6-4 win over the Tennessee Smokies.


Info compiled from Visalia Rawhide & Mobile BayBears news

Carrasco’s strong pitching sends Indians to 6-2 win over D-Backs


Carlos Carrasco (courtesy of

The Cleveland Indians, one of MLB’s surprise team’s this year, are glad to see the month of June become history. The team did not fare very well, but stayed in contention in the American League Central Division race, with Detroit as their only competition.

Cleveland continued interleague play on Wednesday with an afternoon win at Chase Field. It was their second win in the three-game series in the desert.

The win was 6-2 over the Arizona Diamondbacks and the offense produced 15 hits.

Carrasco (8-4, 3.54 ERA) pitched seven innings to get the win. He allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. He has won seven of his past 10 starts, going 6-3 with a 2.91 ERA, since coming off the DL on May 11.


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians news

J.J. Putz named MLB Delivery Man of the Month Award for May


J.J. Putz (courtesy of

J.J. Putz of the Arizona Diamondbacks has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for May.

The award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from MLB.

Putz, who converted each of his 11 save opportunities during the month, pitched 13.0 innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts to help the D-backs to a 19-10 record in May.

The 34-year-old right-hander tied Florida’s Leo Nunez for the Major League-lead in saves, and on May 29th at Houston, he collected his 16th consecutive save to start the season, extending his franchise record. At the time, the streak was the longest active and second-longest in the Majors this season behind Nunez, who converted 18 straight from April 6th-May 24th.

Putz, a 2007 A.L. All-Star, held opposing hitters to a .114 mark during the month, and he did not allow a baserunner in seven of his 13 appearances.

Putz, a sixth-round selection of the Seattle Mariners in the 1999 First-Year Draft out of the University of Michigan, did not allow a hit over his final six games of the month.

This mark’s the second Delivery Man of the Month Award for Putz, who also received the award in June 2007 while pitching for Seattle.


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