Tony La Russa declined to manage the Diamondbacks for the final weekend of the season


Here’s an interesting little tidbit from the Diamondbacks firing manager Kirk Gibson: Team president Derrick Hall asked chief baseball officer (and Hall of Fame manager) Tony La Russa to manage the team for the final weekend of the season and he said no thanks.

Or, more specifically, La Russa said (via Steve Gilbert of “You’ve seen my entire deck. You’ve seen the last of it.”

Presumably that means the 69-year-old La Russa isn’t a candidate to replace Gibson as the full-time manager, even if Hall and the Diamondbacks beg him.

Bench coach Alan Trammell, who was technically fired along with Gibson, will stay on the job to manage the final three games of the season before stepping down.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.