The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired Manager Kirk Gibson and Bench Coach Alan Trammell.
"Kirk has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances and we are grateful for his professionalism and his dedicated service to the organization over the past eight years," D-backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa says in a statement. "We feel like it is time for a fresh start and with our recent restructuring in Baseball Operations, we want to get started immediately moving in a new direction. We are also appreciative of Alan Trammell for all that he has done for the D-backs and have great respect for what both men have accomplished in the game of baseball."
The Diamondbacks currently have the worst record in Major League Baseball (63-96) with three games left in the team's season.
The team had a 353-375 record under Gibson, who took over as manager mid-way through the 2010 season, after A.J. Hinch was fired.
"I am extremely appreciative for this opportunity and I had a great experience with the Diamondbacks," Gibson says in a statement from the team. "I know we had a tough year and people will look at this as a negative, but we accomplished a lot of good things here. I told the team that I have nothing but the utmost respect for this organization and the people I've met along the way. Most of all, I'd like to thank the players, coaches, staff and everyone within the organization for their unwavering support while I was here."
Trammell -- who played on the Detroit Tigers with Gibson -- was brought on at the end of the 2010 season. The two actually managed together in Detroit for three years, where Trammell was the manager, and Gibson was the bench coach, and later, the team's hitting coach. The Tigers had a record of 186-300 under Trammell.
These firings come just a day after La Russa officially announced the hiring of onetime Oakland A's pitching ace Dave Stewart as the team's new general manager, to replace Kevin Towers. Stewart most recently was an agent, but has previous experience in Major League front offices. Along with Stewart, La Russa yesterday announced the hiring of De Jon Watson, who was doing player development and evaluation with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Towers' role still hasn't been announced. Although removed from his post as general manager, he's still an employee of the team. There's been speculation that he could remain in a scouting or other player-evaluation role with the D-backs, but that remains to be seen.
Here are some bits of info, reactions, and rumors surrounding the moves:
Diamondbacks will look at current Reds bench coach Jay Bell for their managerial job.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) September 26, 2014
Dave Stewart says he'll have a long conversation tomorrow with Kevin Towers about what Towers wants to do. Stewart says he wants him back.— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) September 26, 2014
Alan Trammell will manage the #Dbacks this weekend.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) September 26, 2014
Surprised that #DBacks would ask Trammell to manage rest of season after dismissing him as bench coach. Also surprised he would do it.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 26, 2014
Twitter reports indicate Super Joe McEwing has shot at DBacks job after firing of Kirk Gibson.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) September 26, 2014
The #Dbacks now have a complete new slate and Phil Nevin is an early strong candidate for the managerial opening— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 26, 2014
The #Dbacks say they had no choice but to fire Gibson and Trammell after their horrid play down stretch, believing Gibson lost the clubhouse— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 26, 2014
Let @23KGibby dangle all season, then fire him before the last home series? That seems punitive, unfair.— Dan Bickley (@danbickley) September 26, 2014
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