The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they had extended the contracts of both Manager Kirk Gibson and General Manager Kevin Towers. The story was first reported by azcentral.com. The length of the contract extensions was not part of the announcement. Both men had contract extensions that were declined by the team in 2013.
Towers has been the GM since September of 2010 with Gibson replacing A.J. Hinch July 1st earlier that season. CEO and team president Derrick Hall said:
“We continue to be impressed by their loyalty, dedication, work ethic and track record of success during their big league careers and are glad that their contract status will not be a distraction as we open up Spring Training this week.”
Gibson has an overall record of 290-279 with the team, but the team has underachieved the last two years going 81-81 in both seasons. Towers has very high expectations for the team and said this about falling short of expectations:
“I would say it’s disappointing, really, because our expectations are very high. I think they have been since Gibby and I have been together since 2011. We fully expect to be in the postseason each and every year, and the last two years we’ve been .500.”
What do you think of the deals keeping Towers and Gibson around for an undisclosed amount of time? Do you agree they are the best for the jobs? Only time will tell as the true measure of these two men will be how the team responds falling below expectations the last two seasons.
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