Tag:Chris Snyder
Posted on: July 2, 2010 3:36 pm

D-backs players 'saw it coming'

Diamondbacks Diamondbacks players were not exactly rushing to the defense of A.J. Hinch a day after Hinch was fired as manager.

"I think it was something we felt was coming," catcher Chris Snyder told MLB.com. "It was definitely time for a change."

Pitcher Brandon Webb said, if anything, he was surprised the shakeup, in which general manager Josh Byrnes also was sacked, didn't come sooner.

"I think we all kind of saw it coming, but we just didn't know when it was going to happen," Webb said. "Maybe we even thought it would happen before now. I think it was time for a change with the way we've been playing for so long."

Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall (pictured, left) and managing partner Ken Kendrick held a news conference Friday to talk about the moves, and seemed to indicate that interim manager Kirk Gibson was a good bet to retain the job, but didn't sound as sold on interim GM Jerry DiPoto.

The Los Angeles Times points out that the Diamondbacks could come after the top two lieutenants of Dodgers GM Ned Colletti: Kim Ng and Logan White. Hall is a former Dodgers vice president and knows Ng and White well.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 7:21 pm

Dimaondbacks get catcher Montero back

There's good news for the Diamondbacks with the return of catcher Miguel Montero, who had surgery April 15 to repair a tear in the meniscus in his right knee.

Montero was Arizona's regular catcher last season, batting .294 with 16 homers and 59 RBI. That's some nice pop from the catcher position, and the Diamondbacks (13th in the National League in batting, though they've managed to score the fourth-most runs in the league) could use it. John Hester, sent down to make room for Montero, was batting .188, while Arizona's other catcher, Chris Snyder, is 2-for-22 this month.

Montero completed a four-game rehab stint with Triple-A Reno on Friday.

-- David Andriesen

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