Last night’s 7-4 victory by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Pittsburgh Pirates was a milestone. It was the first game without long-time D’back Gerardo Parra and featured the successful return to the Major Leagues of Andy Marte. However, the biggest achievement was Kirk Gibson getting his 338th victory as Arizona manager, the most in club history. The previous mark was held by current Oakland A’s field boss Bob Melvin.
Gibson began his D’backs’ career in 2007 as its bench coach. He remained in that capacity until July 1, 2010 when he replaced the fired A.J. Hinch as the D’backs’ manager. The team finished in last place in 2010 and the following season did not look promising. However, the Snakes shocked the baseball world by winning 94 games and the National League West title. For his team’s efforts, Gibson was named the NL Manager of the Year. The D’backs followed that up with back-to-back 81-81 marks in 2012 and 2013.
Current team broadcaster Bob Brenly has the best winning percentage in franchise history at .536 (303-262). Gibson owns a .499 mark at 338-340. Congratulations to the D’backs’ skipper and may he have many more.