PHOENIX -- Steve Sax was on deck when Kirk Gibson hit the walk-off World Series home run that won Game 1 of the 1988 World Series and still commands a thunderous response every time the highlight is shown in Dodger Stadium. Now they are together again, with only a slight shift in positioning.
Gibson hired Sax on Wednesday to be the Diamondbacks' first-base coach, replacing Eric Young, and also announced the promotion of Turner Ward to the position of assistant hitting coach under Don Baylor. Ward managed Class AA Mobile to Southern League championships the last two seasons after taking over in 2011.
The D-backs were extremely disappointed in the performance of their running game last season -- Gibson called it brutal the final week of the season -- and would like to get it back on track. The D-backs had 93 stolen bases but were caught 51 times, and they also ran into outs on the bases trying to force things that were not there.
We have to be much better there. That falls on me, G...