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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