When the Arizona Diamondbacks announced the other day that they were giving contract extensions to manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers it really was a no-brainer. However whether we expected it or not, it was well deserved. Gibson, who took over in the middle of 2010 instilled a culture that immediately changed attitudes and was a major factor in leading the the Dbacks to a division title this season. Towers, from day one, said the goal was to win and win now and he so far has lived up to his word.
When Towers was hired at the end of the 2010 season, in his first press conference he said the goal was to win now, not to go through four to five years of rebuilding. He envisioned it taking maybe a couple years, however he made the right moves in the off-season, especially with the pitching staff, to bring winners to Arizona.
He dumped Mark Reynolds who either hit home runs or struck out. With over 200 strikeouts, he had to replace him. Also gone for that very reason was Adam LaRoche. He brought in J.J. Putz as his closer, David Hernandez in the Reynolds trade, and made the right call-up moves at the right time in 2011. All season fans were clamoring for Paul Goldschmidt, however Towers waited until August and it turned out to be the right move. Goldie started out hot then tailed off production wise right around All-Star time. However, to have Goldie make his debut against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants and then hit a homer off him, set the tone for the last two months of the season.