"That's why I think it's smart for us to have an open mind. Each candidate comes in with a list of talents, and then you make an assessment of who fits the best. But in the end, we want to have a team that has a stronger metric and analytical contribution than we currently have."
- Tony La Russa
"The play last night he made in the hole, I don't know who else could throw it from the angle he threw it and have the ball go so straight and so accurately," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's been a very, very good shortstop. We like him there, absolutely."
- Kirk Gibson on Didi Gregorius
The Arizona Diamondbacks are not wasting any time in searching for a new general manager after firing five-year GM Kevin Towers on Friday. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said in a conference call Friday that the team has already begun contacting candidates and will begin interviews soon.
Towers was given the option of remaining in the organization in a different capacity but told reporters he wanted to wait until a new GM is hired before determining where he might fit. The incoming general manager will also help determine the fate of manager Kirk Gibson
D-backs shortstop Didi Gregorius ranged far to his right, nearly touched the outfield grass and unleashed an off-balance throw across his body. It was perfect. The ball reached Mark Trumbo's glove in plenty of time to catch the Dodgers' Justin Turner for the second out in the third inning Friday. It's that kind of defense that makes Gregorius look more and more like the D-backs' shortstop of the future.
On the day Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Rusa was expected to begin the interview process for the general manager's position by meeting with St. Louis Cardinals farm director Gary LaRocque, two more names emerged as possible candidates for the job.
The D-backs slugger missed 71 games with a right broken foot and has spent the second half of the season trying to regain his form. Slowly but surely, there are signs he could be getting it back.