It took all the way until August 16 before the first manager of the season in Major League baseball was dismissed. Charlie Manuel, the best manager in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies was let go by the organization after almost nine seasons at the helm. Now that Manuel’s domino has fallen, one could easily speculate as to which skipper meets the ax next. It leads me to ask the question about the job security of Kirk Gibson with the Arizona Diamondbacks. While on the surface it would appear that Gibby has the full support of management, one wonders if another .500 campaign could make his chair start to feel a bit uncomfortable.
During the course of a long season, the manager usually gets more blame than credit, even in the best of times. Gibson has been no exception. My peeves with him include never keeping the same lineup from day-to-day and consistently using a backup catcher as a pinch-hitter, usually for just that at-bat. On the other hand, I commend Gibby for staying with Brad Ziegler as the closer. The club also responds well to adversity, particularly late in games. I am sure there are dozens of moves that have backfired on him while others have worked out extremely well. I could spend the rest of this gorgeous afternoon dissecting many of them. However, the bottom line is the win-loss record which, after 2011’s surprising National League West title, is a middle-of-the-road 143-139.
Unless the D-Backs completely fall apart, Kirk Gibson’s job will be safe through spring training. However, there will be a lot of pressure on Gibby in 2014 to avoid a third straight .500 season. At this time next year, we could be introducing the new manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.