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Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Towers.’

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

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

San Diego Padres reward Bud Black with contract extension

compiled from staff, wire and MLB reports

The San Diego Padres, one of Major League Baseball’s surprising team’s, has rewarded manager Bud Black with a three-year contract extension through 2013, with club options for the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

The Padres record is the third-best in the majors behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.

San Diego took over first place in the NL West on April 20 and has only been out of the lead a total of three days since.

Padres manager Bud Black (mlb)

Bud Black, a left-hander who pitched for 15 seasons in the majors, has dealt with a great deal in his four-plus years in San Diego. He lost closer Trevor Hoffman to Milwaukee; Jake Peavy his ace starting pitcher was traded to the Chicago White Sox and he has worked for two general managers, Kevin Towers and Jed Hoyer.

The Padres have the best record in the National League.

Black was hired to replace Bruce Bochy, who left to manage the rival San Francisco Giants after the 2006 season. Black is 281-297 as the Padres’ manager.