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D-backs to take aim at playoffs in 2016

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks came up a few games short of their chief baseball officer's goal, but that isn't keeping them from moving toward the next goal. Tony La Russa a year ago said he expected the D-backs to be a .500 team in 2015 -- which sounded like a longshot coming off an MLB-worst 64-win season. The D-backs won 15 more games this season, two shy of breaking even, and set...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
4 days ago  |  Discuss

After encouraging season, D-backs GM says 'we're close'

PHOENIX (AP) A 15-game improvement in the standings with a core of talented young players and an aggressive style has the Arizona Diamondbacks believing they are headed in the right direction. ''We're close,'' general manager Dave Stewart said. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa was a little more measured in his comments. ''I think we're close to playing meaningful...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Mike Harkey

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Mike Harkey. Harkey held the position for two seasons and had been retained on the staff after manager Kirk Gibson was fired a year ago. Harkey has coached in the majors for 16 years and was Joe Girardi's bullpen coach for six seasons with the New York Yankees before coming to Arizona. Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Arizona Diamondbacks

The first year of the Tony LaRussa/Dave Stewart regime in Phoenix provided plenty of comic relief for snarky baseball bloggers, but more importantly it also provided a step forward for a franchise one year removed from a 98-loss season. The Diamondbacks were over .500 as late as August 23, and while they likely won’t finish with a winning record this year they showed enough on...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Meow: Tony La Russa mugs for camera in photo-op with ‘Grumpy Cat’ (pic)

Tony La Russa isn’t as highly visible in his role as Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Office compared to his managing days, but anytime he shows up at the ballpark he attracts attention … especially when it involves an absolutely and absurdly comical photo-op with a feline and Internet phenomenon known as “Grumpy Cat.” The Diamondback held a “Grumpy Cat” promotion...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Salary Obligations and the Plan in Arizona

Since Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart took over baseball operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, their moves have come under considerable scrutiny. Questions have been raised about the Diamondbacks plan, but not with as much regard to its execution. The questions surrounding the Diamondbacks’ moves have been confusing enough that some wondered if the Diamondbacks had […]
Via Fangraphs
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa lands front office job with Diamondbacks

getty images The Arizona Diamondbacks have added Tony La Russa, though it will not be as a manager. La Russa will join the Diamondbcaks as their chief baseball officer. La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the the Diamondbacks baseball operations department. He will work with general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson in trying to turn...
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona hires La Russa to run baseball operations

PHOENIX -- Tony La Russa is back in the big leagues, though he won't filling out lineup cards anytime soon. The Arizona Diamondbacks hired La Russa as their chief baseball officer Saturday, hoping the Hall of Fame manager can help turn around the team after one of the worst starts in franchise history. La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the entire...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

La Russa plays it safe by going logo-less into Hall of Fame

ST. LOUIS -- Since the morning Tony La Russa knew he was going to Cooperstown, he knew choosing a logo for his Hall of Fame plaque would be difficult. "All I know is in no way do I want to disrespect Chicago, Oakland or St. Louis," La Russa said shortly after the Hall of Fame presser. "We have to figure something where they are not disrespected." What La Russa figured, with guidance...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle is seeking a new club president and Tony La Russa is interested

ST. LOUIS -- Sooner or later, Tony La Russa plans to be working for a baseball club again. He made that clear when he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame last month. "Someday I'm going to be with a team because I like that," La Russa said following the Hall of Fame presser at the Winter Meetings. "I've lived my life around the score of that next game. I have missed that action...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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