The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a bunch of coaching announcements: Ron Gardenhire is the new bench coach, Tony Perezchica is the third base coach, Mike Fetters is the bullpen coach and Robby Hammock is the quality control coach. All will serve under new manager Torey Lovullo.
Gardenhire was, of course, the Twins manager for 13 seasons. He recently served in a front office assistant role with the club. I suspect that certain dictionaries have a photo of him next to the entry for “bench coach.” It’s the role he was born to play. I predict a Don Zimmer-like third act to his baseball career. They’re going to be selling bobbleheads or Garden(hire) Gnomes in his likeness one day.
Perezchica has served in various roles in the Dbacks’ organization for 15 years. Hammock has managed up and down the Dbacks organization in which he, likewise, has served for years and years. Fetters used to have Hammock’s new job as quality control coach, so he shuffles down to the pen.
Meanwhile, Tony La Russa just had his desk moved to a far corner of the basement and has misplaced his red stapler.