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Arizona Diamondbacks hire Tony La Russa as 'Chief Baseball Officer'

General manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson have worked together in their time with the Arizona Diamondbacks to develop a professional team with a certain character. In short, they have hung their hats on valuing intangibles such as “grit” and “hustle” at least as much as talent.

With a team that is now 16-28 on the season, those two men appeared to have job security for most of the season to date. That might be called into question now, however, as the Diamondbacks made a major shakeup to their front office on Saturday. That shakeup came in the form of a high-profile hire.

Tony La Russa has been named “Chief Baseball Officer” for the Diamondbacks.

La Russa has been linked to multiple front office positions dating back to last off-season, with the Seattle Mariners appearing to have the strongest interest at one point. This deal seemingly comes out of nowhere on that front, but it is not surprising that the Diamondbacks wanted to make a bold move.

As for the future of GM Kevin Towers, well…

…the future for him and for manager Kirk Gibson might not look so good. Such is the reality when teams with playoff expectations get off to such disastrous starts.

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