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Diamondbacks give extensions to Gibson, Towers

Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:55 pm
By Matt Snyder

Coming off a season in which the Arizona Diamondbacks shocked pretty much everyone in the nation by winning the National League West, the D-Backs have done something not so shocking. General manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson have had their respective contracts extended through the 2014 season with club options for 2015 and 2016, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

"I really enjoyed watching the two of them work together," Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said (Piecoro). "Obviously I was pleased with the results from the first season. Kirk Gibson, in particular, proved that he is a major league manager, as prepared as any I've ever seen, and I felt they were both worthy of extension."

Towers, 49, took over the Diamondbacks in September of 2010 and did a great job in shoring up the ballclub, particularly the bullpen, last offseason.

Gibson, 54, was named the interim manager when A.J. Hinch was fired in July of 2010 and after the season Towers removed the interim label.

The Diamondbacks were one of the best stories in baseball in 2011 under Towers and Gibson. They had finished last in two consecutive seasons and were coming off a 97-loss debacle. But 2011 saw the D-Backs emerge in a big way, as they went 94-68, cruising to the NL West title. They then took the Brewers to the limit in the NLDS, losing on the final play of Game 5.

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Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:59 pm
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:40 am

Diamondbacks give extensions to Gibson, Towers

Great move by the Arizona Diamondbacks by giving out extensions to GM Kevin Towers & HC Kirk Gibson. Now that the D-backs have gotten both guys for more years than the D-backs will be in the hunt for the playoffs and more championships in the NL West for many more years to come an't that right Jag boy. Get a life Jag boy and get used to the D-backs control the NL West for another 13 more years fool. Were do those idiots like Jag boy come from.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:02 am

Diamondbacks give extensions to Gibson, Towers

We could use a nice batting threat in our lineup. I think we can see Bauer and Parker ready by next year (hopefully by June). Great move keeping both of these guys, if we keep our core intact, we should be able to prove last year wasn't a fluke.

GO D-Backs! 

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:09 pm

Diamondbacks give extensions to Gibson, Towers

D-Bags were the luckiest team in baseball last year. They will fail miserabley next year. Everyone played way over what they actually can. They had a chance to win it all and they failed. Now bottom of the NL west is where they will be.

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:23 pm

Diamondbacks give extensions to Gibson, Towers

Good start for the off-season.  Now Towers needs to plug some holes.  The core is there, time to build around them.  If Parker, Skaggs and Bauer aren't ready yet...the D'backs need starting pitching.  Drew's health is a major concern.  A big RBI bat would help this otherwise pretty solid everyday lineup.

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