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Posts Tagged ‘Kirk Gibson.’

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

Cubs manager Quade replaces Riggleman on N.L. All-Star staff

 

Mike Quade (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday announced that Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade will replace former Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman as a coach at the 82nd All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and aired  FOX-TV Sports.

Quade, who is in his first season as manager of the Cubs, will join Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and San Francisco’s coaches Tim Flannery, Mark Gardner, Roberto Kelly, Hensley Meulens, Dave Righetti and Ron Wotus, on Bochy’s All-Star staff.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Tigers honor Sparky by retiring his #11

 

Sparky Anderson (photo by Grgbrwn via wikipedia commons)

The Detroit Tigers honored Sparky Anderson on Sunday by retiring his number 11 jersey.

It was fitting that the Arizona Diamondbacks were in town as their manager is Kirk Gibson, a fan-favorite from Michigan State and a former player of Anderson’s during his days in Motown.

Born George Lee Anderson, also has his #10 retired by the Cincinnati Reds.

A very successful manager, he was a three-time World Series champion, two-time American League manager of the year and is sixth all-time on the managerial wins list.

Anderson died last November at the age of 76, led Detroit to a World Series title in 1984.

 

compiled from Detroit Tigers news

Arizona Diamondbacks complete their coaching staff for 2011

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

New manager Kirk Gibson has filled out his Diamondbacks coaching staff for 2011.

He’s added Don Baylor as the hitting coach, Charles Nagy as the pitching coach, Alan Trammell as the bench coach and Eric Young as the first base coach.

Nagy spent last season as the pitching coach of the Triple-A world champion Columbus Clippers.

compiled from staff and Arizona Diamondbacks 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

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