"I talked to (team President and CEO) Derrick (Hall) last Friday morning and said, 'This isn't about money, this isn't about not having a defined role. Really, I think this the right thing to do. My gut tells me it's time to move on.'"
- Kevin Towers
The Diamondbacks have narrowed their search for a new manager to three candidates, with a decision coming perhaps as soon as early next week, according to club sources.
The D-backs appear to be finished interviewing candidates for their vacant managerial position, meaning that Dodgers' third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy and Royals' bench coach Don Wakamatsu will not be interviewed as originally planned.
Last Thursday, Kevin Towers was watching postseason baseball in his Arizona home when his immediate future became clear to him. He knew he needed to move on from the Diamondbacks instead of accepting another, unspecified role in the front office.
Right-hander Newcombe joined the forward-thinking Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949, two years after the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues. Sixty-five years later, Watson and new D-backs vice president/general manager Dave Stewart have taken it to the next level, literally and figuratively. The D-backs are the first team in baseball history to have two blacks at the highest level of the executive ladder,
It was yet another gripping, spectacular night of October baseball at Camden Yards on Saturday, as the Royals once again went to the wire to defeat the Orioles, 6-4, to take a 2-0 lead back home in the American League Championship Series.