The Diamondbacks continue to clean house. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Tony La Russa is no longer the club’s chief baseball officer. The new general manger, as yet unknown, will head up the baseball operations department.
Heyman adds that La Russa and owner Ken Kendrick spoke for three hours on Monday morning. La Russa is still deciding whether or not he wants to remain with the organization.
Earlier on Monday, the Diamondbacks canned GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the culmination of another disappointing season in Arizona. The D-Backs finished 69-93, just a game ahead of the Padres to stay out of last place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks will pick seventh in the first round of the 2017 draft.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins are letting hitting coach Barry Bonds go after one season. According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM Radio, manager Don Mattingly called out Bonds on a road trip, and his commitment level apparently dwindled. Mish also adds that Giancarlo Stanton “tuned out” Bonds after Bonds was critical of the 2016 Home Run Derby champion — sometimes in front of others.
While the Marlins made some strides offensively, the club still ranked third from the bottom in the National League, averaging 4.07 runs per game. They had the second-highest batting average (.263), but the seventh-best on-base percentage (.322) and the fourth-worst slugging percentage (.394).
Bonds and Mattingly urged owner Jeffrey Loria not to trade outfielder Marcell Ozuna during the offseason, an effort that reaped rewards. Ozuna hit .266/.321/.452 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI. Outfielder Christian Yelich also thrived, presumably due in some part to Bonds.
Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ reports that the Marlins will also let go of third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius.
The Diamondbacks have fired GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced on Monday. The news comes as no surprise as the Diamondbacks had another disappointing season, finishing at 69-93 despite adding Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, among others, going into the 2016 campaign.
Stewart in particular received criticism for the Miller trade with the Braves, which cost the club 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson as well as pitching prospect Aaron Blair and outfielder Ender Inciarte. Miller battled mechanical woes and an injury, finishing 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio in 101 innings. He was even demoted to Triple-A during the second half.
In two seasons as the manager of the D’Backs, Hale went 148-176 (.457).
The fate of D’Backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is still not yet known, though he has been on the hot seat just as much as Stewart and Hale. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the club is still trying to determine what role he will have going forward.