The good news for the struggling 12-17 Arizona Diamondbacks? Their manager Bob Melvin has been canned. The bad news for me? I lost a bet I made this Spring that the first manager to be fired this season would be Milwaukee Brewers skipper Ken Macha. Man, I was so sure, too.
A source close to the team who wished to remain anonymous confirmed Melvin’s dismissal with the AP. This move by the D'Backs brass comes after a disappointing start by the club, who entered Thursday with a big league-worst .225 batting average, sitting 8 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
Melvin, who had one year left on his contract, is the winningest manager in the franchise's brief history. The 47-year-old was hired in 2005 and went on to a 337-340, and was named NL Manager of the Year after leading Arizona to the division title in 2007.
A.J. Hinch, formerly in charge of player development, will lead the team through their six-game homestand, which begins Friday night against the horrible Washington Nationals.
Speaking of surprises and disappointments, check out BLB's contribution to this Ballhype article.
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