Apr 10, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Ender Inciarte (5) celebrates with teammates after a walk off RBI sibngle in the tenth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The ultimate bottom line for any manager is the wins and losses. With exactly 100 games left in the season, the Snakes are 30-32. Last year, that mark was 26-36. Granted, 2014’s squad had to deal with a rash of injuries, particularly to its pitching staff. However, it hasn’t been easy this year for the rookie skipper. He has had to deal with multiple closers because of injury and ineffectiveness and his starting rotation consists of guys who are being counted on for between 30 and 35 starts who have never done it previously at this level.
Perhaps the improved record is a result of a little bit better health and the fact that management is making more solid moves on the talent side. Ultimately, a manager is judged by performance on the field. In maybe baseball’s toughest division, Hale has the Diamondbacks within striking distance of a playoff spot.