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Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:00 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 11:53 pm
 

The Arizona Diamondbacks fired both general manager Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch on Thursday night, major-league sources have confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Kirk Gibson, bench coach to Hinch and Bob Melvin in Arizona over the past few seasons, will be named as interim manager and will guide the club Friday when the Diamondbacks open a weekend series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jerry DiPoto, who had been Arizona's vice-president for player personnel, will assume the interim GM duties.

USAToday first reported that Byrnes and Hinch are out.

In the midst of a miserably disappointing season, the Diamondbacks are last in the NL West at 31-48, trailing San Diego by 15 1/2 games.

The Diamondbacks hired Hinch last May 7, making him the youngest manager in the game at 34. He had no managerial experience when they named him to replace Bob Melvin, yet the Diamondbacks awarded him a contract through 2012.

Byrnes, meantime, is under contract through 2015.

Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick and club president Derrick Hall promised major changes last month, and these are the first of what is expected to be a complete makeover of an organization in utter disarray.

"These decisions come as a first and major step in our thorough evaluation of our team," Hall said in a statement released by the Diamondbacks late Thursday night. "We have all been disappointed in the results over the last few years, and we have come to the conclusion that a change in the leadership of our baseball operations staff is necessary at this time.

"This franchise has enjoyed tremendous success over the years and we want to get back to our winning ways. The loyal staff of this organization, as well as all of our fans, hopes for and deserves better results on the field."

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The-Blueprint
Since: Feb 9, 2010
Posted on: July 3, 2010 3:39 pm
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Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2010 9:58 am
 

Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

AJ had his chance and muffed it. AJ never DESERVED a chance. There were about 1000 other guys that had actual experience that did and there was no reason to believe this guy was the Lebron James of head coaching.


The-Blueprint
Since: Feb 9, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:07 am
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Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:02 am
 

Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

You sure are right. The D-backs ate more money than pride ditching these two stooges. There are too many bad contracts littering the baseball industry and the fans are the ones who get the cost passed on to them. Now get ready to hang on for a big time fire sale in the Valley of the Sun.



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:58 am
 

Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

Maybe Gibson is not with the Dodgers because the Dodgers didn't want him. Not that it's Gibson's fault.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:55 am
 

Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

I'm not sure the manager should have been fired for leading a sub-500 team to a sub-500 record.  The bullpen has been and will continue to be atrocious even under a new manager.  With the bullpen floundering, the GM goes out and gets a starting pitcher.  I ask you how this makes any sense.  Unfortunately, when we see owners cleaning house, the GM never gets booted out the door without the manager being thrown out as well.  In this case, I think the manager deserved another chance.





Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:33 am
 

Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

Why is Kirk Gibson not with the Dodgers? That is what is wrong with baseball today. No loyalty. No sense of history. The Dodgers are coming to town tomorrow and Gibson will be the manager of the Dbacks. Good for him, i hope he loses of course but good for him.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:26 am
 

Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

Well, at least all of the blame is not simply falling on the manager here.

"The Diamondbacks hired Hinch last May 7, making him the youngest manager in the game at 34. He had no managerial experience when they named him to replace Bob Melvin, yet the Diamondbacks awarded him a contract through 2012."

Hinch played the hand he was dealt, with no experience, and became a casualty.  The D-Backs have enjoyed success in the past, but they have made some really interesting personnel decisions the last few years, and with Brandon Webb out as long as he has been, the real caliber of "talent" on the team has either shown or really underachieved.

Too bad more teams don't hold the GM accountable for much of the situation, since the manager rarely has final the say over player acquisitions & decisions. 




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:19 am
 

Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

I feel bad for Hinch. He has to use what was giving to him. A underachieving, young squad and a horrible bullpen. For one. Qualls was and is not a closer. The fact that they didn't keep Valverde was the one of Byrnes biggest blunders. Webb is done should have never took that option. 
 Here is what I think might happen.
1. Release Willis- Dudes got the Ankiels.2. Release Synder or put him on waivers and send him to AA where he belongs. 3. Trade Haren for arms in the Pen and Future- its to bad too. Guys is the best player they have.4. What I also see is one of the 4, Young, Upton, Reynolds and Drew will be traded.

 



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2010 12:07 am
 

Diamondbacks fire manager Hinch, GM Byrnes

Good riddance to these complete clowns. It's about time. AJ Hinch was one of the most clueless and hapless managers in baseball history.


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