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NL Manager of the Year goes to Diamondbacks’ Gibson

 

Kirk Gibson (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

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

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

 

J.J. Putz (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

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.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Arizona Diamondbacks select Kevin Towers as permanent GM

The Arizona Diamondbacks, one of Major League Baseball’s worst teams, has called upon a former rival general manager to change the franchise’s fortunes on the field.

Managing partner Ken Kendrick and team president Derrick Hall have selected former San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers as the permanent GM. The team turned down Towers five years ago and couldn’t do it again.

Jerry DiPoto, player personnel director for the D-Backs had been the interim general manager and had done a good job. It is unclear if he’ll stay to work with Kevin Towers or not.

New D-Backs GM Kevin Towers (MLB & Padres photo)

Towers has his work cut out. Will he keep on Kirk Gibson, who has been the interim manager since July 2 when A.J. Hinch was fired. He’ll have to fix the bullpen, find a closer and find a way to cut down strikeouts at the plate.

Arizona does have some decent young starting pitching and power hitters. But still, they’ve been in last place the past two years.

Towers was known in San Diego as agreat talent evaluator especially with pitchers as he was able to obtain Heath Bell, Luke Gregerson, Mat Latos and Jake Peavy for the Padres.

A former pitcher himself in San Diego’s minor league system, Towers was the builder of  a Padres franchise that won four division titles and reached the 1998 World Series during his 14 years as general manager, the longest tenure in team history.

This season, Towers was the assistant to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

compiled from staff, radio, TV & Arizona Diamondbacks news

Reds rally from 7-3 deficit; score 8 runs in last two innings to defeat Arizona, 11-7

A seldom-used sqeeze bunt, a 40-year-old and a rookie game the Cincinnati Reds an 11-7 win over the rebuilding Arizona Diamondbacks.

The win by the Reds moved them to a three-game lead over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Brewers defeated the Cardinals 3-2 in Busch Stadium.

Jim Edmonds (MLB)

Manager Dusty Baker called the squeeze play in the ninth-inning with 40-year-old Jim Edmonds on third base. Edmonds hustled all the way home as pinch-hitter Chris Heisey perfectly executed the bunt that scored the go-ahead run. Heisey’s bunt was so perfect that he beat it out for an infield single. That play helped Cincinnati rally from a four-run deficit on Wednesday night.

The Reds trailing 7-3 in the top of the eighth inning, scored four runs in the eighth and ninth innings before the smallest crowd in Arizona history, 15,509.

Arizona’s bullpen was the team’s Achilles’ heel in the back-and-forth game that also saw some bad defense. Reliever Sam Demel allowed four runs in the top of the eighth on four straight hits. Aaron Heilman, the losing pitcher came on to relieve Demel and gave up an RBI double in the eighth before allowing the winning run in the ninth and three more to score after that.

The win was the Reds 35th come-from-behind win of 2010. Arthur Rhodes (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth to get the win.

Chris Heisey (MLB)

The D-Backs rallied from a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the fifth off Reds starter Edinson Volquez. The right-hander was making his seventh start since returning from Tommy John surgery July 17 and struggled with his control throughout the game.

Volquez allowed a two-run homer by Chris Young to put Arizona up 5-3. Reds reliever Jordan Smith gave up a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche to make it 7-3 latter in the game.

compiled from staff and wire reports

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