Arizona can fire Bob Melvin on Thursday and name Connie Mack manager on Friday, but unless the Diamondbacks start hitting more than .225 as a team, and unless they jack up their humiliating .297 on-base percentage, it's not going to matter.
As it is, the Diamondbacks will name as Melvin's replacement A.J. Hinch, according to reports on various Phoenix media outlets late Thursday night. Hinch, who was the Diamondbacks' highly regarded farm director, has no managerial experience. Good luck with that.
It's panic time in the desert, where that great wave of kids who landed in the National League Championship Series in 2007 and followed that up with a terrific 20-8 mark last April has flatlined ever since.
The Diamondbacks' batting average is 31 points below the NL average of .256.
Their on-base percentage is 40 points below the NL average of .337.
Both figures are easily the worst in the majors.
Not surprisingly, hitting coach Rick Schu was gassed as well. And pitching coach Bryan Price, a Melvin loyalist, resigned.
"We know something has to be done because we've been grossly underperforming for five-plus months," Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall told Phoenix radio station KTAR Thursday morning before the team's 4-3, 10-inning loss in San Diego. "And it's not fair to the fans, it's not fair to the organization, it's not fair to the young players performing below this team at Triple-A and Double-A that are ready for their opportunity."
Some of those young players may be on the next shipment into Chase Field at the present rate.
Present top candidate to be replaced: Scuffling center fielder Chris Young, who is batting .177 with just two homers in 105 plate appearances. This is a guy who slammed 32 homers two years ago and 22 last year.
He ain't alone in the struggling department.
Strikeout machine Mark Reynolds has whiffed 36 times in 102 at-bats.