Six months ago I picked the Arizona Diamondbacks to win the World Series.
The D’Backs will finish the 2014 season with the worst record in MLB.
Today, the D’Backs fired manager Kirk Gibson.
In 2011, Gibson led Arizona to the NL West title, but the D’Backs have underachieved ever since.
The writing was on the wall the moment back in May when the D’Backs hired Tony La Russa to be Chief Baseball Officer.
Earlier this month, Kevin Towers was dismissed as GM. It was only a matter of time before Gibby would follow him out the door.
Yesterday, the D’Backs named Dave Stewart their new GM. Stewart, of course, was La Russa’s ace on those great Oakland A’s in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Could firing Gibson be La Russa and Stewart’s way of getting back at him for taking Dennis Eckersley deep in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series?
Well, no. Gibson’s image took a beating in August when word came out he ordered his pitchers to plunk 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen after Paul Goldschmidt’s season ended when he sustained a broken hand on an errant pitch. McCutchen got hit with a pitch which injured his ribs and forced him to the DL.
Alan Trammell will manage the team for the final three games against the Cardinals. But he too will be gone from the Diamondbacks organization after the season.
So who will manage the D’Backs in 2015? Well, if La Russa has hired Stewart as his GM, it would seem logical we’ll get another A’s alum to be the next manager. Perhaps A’s third base coach Mike Gallego. Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss has two years left on his contract, but maybe La Russa makes Dan O’Dowd an offer he can’t refuse. Or what about Mark McGwire? Big Mac is currently the hitting coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers. D’Backs first base coach Dave McKay has been a long time La Russa lieutenant in Oakland and St. Louis. Could this be his chance to run the ship? Then there’s former A’s catcher Terry Steinbach who is currently the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins.
Whoever the next manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks is, he will be a Tony La Russa guy.