"I have no idea," Gibson said Friday at Dodger Stadium. "I come out here every single day, try to prepare the team to play good baseball, make the right plays, make the right reads, preach fundamentals that we started from Day 1. Nothing's really changed for myself and my staff or the team. The results haven't been good yet. I think we've played very competitively. We've had a good attitude about it. Guys continue to work to try to get better, and we'll do that until the last day in this season, and we'll see what happens from there."
- Kirk Gibson on his future
"At the end of the day, you know, we didn't really play well. So obviously, they have to start making changes somewhere. It's unfortunate that the first change is him because he's such a great guy, such a good baseball guy."
- Miguel Montero
It was an all too familiar result for Vidal Nuno. The D-backs left-hander allowed fewer than three runs for the fifth consecutive start. He lasted seven innings and allowed just one hit after the third. But in the end, Nuno left Dodger Stadium on Friday night still searching for his first win with the D-backs after a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Even Kevin Towers, the Diamondbacks' deposed general manager, knew that the day when he would be dismissed might be coming. The only surprise is that it took as long as it did.
Like some on the outside, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers had a feeling that the hiring of Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer could signal the beginning of the end. Turned out, it was.
The Diamondbacks have had five general managers in 16 years. The most successful had zero experience (Joe Garagiola Jr.). The most scorned had zero experience (Josh Byrnes). Two were promoted on an interim basis (Bob Gebhard, Jerry Dipoto) to navigate mid-season upheavals. No one did more damage than Kevin Towers
Tony La Russa began the process of hiring a general manager to replace Kevin Towers on Friday, as the D-backs chief baseball officer reached out to several organizations to ask for permission to speak with their employees.
The D-backs have shut down Brad Ziegler for the remainder of the season after the reliever received a second opinion on his left knee Friday.
Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington unexpectedly resigned Friday, saying he needed to devote his full attention to an "off-the-field personal matter."