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SnakeBytes 9/5: Lease runs out on Towers

The day has finally come D-backs fans. Kevin Towers, the one responsible for all this misery over the years, has been fired. His policies and trades have all been questionable over the last couple of years, and now it's up to someone else to clean up his awful mess. Oh yeah, Randall Delgado threw 5 shutout innings in the D-backs victory over the Padres.

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All Things Kevin Towers

Arizona Diamondbacks fire GM Kevin Towers |
As the team stumbles toward the end of a disappointing season, the Diamondbacks have fired Kevin Towers as the club's general manager. The team made the announcement Friday morning.

Report: Diamondbacks fire general manager Kevin Towers | Yahoo Sports
In a not-all-too-surprising move, the Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Kevin Towers after four years, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Diamondbacks Fire Kevin Towers |
The Arizona Diamondbacks will announce the firing of GM Kevin Towers later this morning, according to AZCentral, possibly seeking a grindinger, grittier, harder-nosed GM with more intangibles and who's willing to stand up for his suitemates in the front office.

Kevin Towers fired as Diamondbacks GM | AZSnakePit
It's not official, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is reporting Towers has been dismissed as the Diamondbacks General Manager, with a formal announcement due on Friday morning.

Internet reacts to the news about Kevin Towers
Nick Piecoro reported that the Diamondbacks had fired general manager Kevin Towers late Thursday night. It was a move that many saw coming. Towers' tenure was full of high-profile trades that went wrong, and once Tony La Russa joined the Diamondbacks' front office, it appeared that Towers' days were numbered.

Diamondbacks Remove Kevin Towers From GM Role | MLB Trade Rumors
Few of the moves that Towers has made in recent seasons have panned out well. This past offseason, he dealt center fielder Adam Eaton and left-hander Tyler Skaggs in order to acquire Mark Trumbo from the Angels — a move that he felt was necessary to address a lack of power from the team’s corner outfielders. However, the move came just a season after Arizona dealt Justin Upton (and Chris Johnson) to the Braves in exchange for what most believed at the time to be an underwhelming package of Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Brandon Drury and Zeke Spruill. The Trumbo acquisition, however, was just one attempt at bringing a power-hitting corner bat back into the organization, as Towers also inked Cody Ross to a three-year, $26MM pact that has been a negative for the organization.

Daily D-backs

Delgado's strong effort paces D-backs |
Lack of a consistent breaking pitch helped cost Randall Delgado his spot in the D-backs' rotation earlier this year. Thursday night against the Padres, it was that same pitch that helped him allow just two hits over five shutout innings as the D-backs came away with a 5-1 win at Petco Park.

Randall Delgado pitches well in return as starter to down Padres |
Randall Delgado was impressive in his first start since April, tossing five scoreless innings to help the Diamondbacks salvage a four-game series split with a win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night at Petco Park.

Diamondbacks open series vs. Dodgers |
Nuño is still winless in 10 starts with the Diamondbacks despite a solid 3.23 ERA. He gave up one run in eight innings and took a tough-luck loss against the Rockies at Chase Field on Saturday

Ziegler to see doctor in Los Angeles about knee |
D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler will receive a second opinion on his ailing left knee from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Friday in Los Angeles. Ziegler initially felt the injury during pregame conditioning drills June 27 and was diagnosed by team physician Michael Lee with fraying of the cartilage just under his kneecap. Ziegler said the knee does not bother him on the mound, but manager Kirk Gibson said he has noticed that Ziegler is not able to bend down as low in his delivery because of it.

D-backs get first look at Hill playing third |
Thursday night, for the first time since his rookie 2005 season with the Blue Jays, D-backs infielder Aaron Hill started a game at third base. In an effort to see if the tandem of Didi Gregorius at short and Chris Owings at second is the way they want to go in 2015, the D-backs will give Hill some starts at third rather than second. Old habits die hard, however, as the posted lineup card in the clubhouse had a scratched out

D-backs threesome trying to help themselves |
A playoff race can easily postpone the uncertainty of the future but since the Diamondbacks have been dismissed from that for months, they've had plenty of time to consider their options for next season.

Daniel Hudson hopes small changes extend his career |
The changes to Daniel Hudson's delivery are small and subtle, almost impossible to notice, he says, without slowing it down on video. But, to him, they do not feel minor. And he hopes they make a major difference in keeping his twice surgically reconstructed elbow healthy for the long haul.