While it hasn't been the type of season Kirk Gibson and the Diamondbacks envisioned in Spring Training, don't expect the reigning National League Manager of the Year to jump ship any time soon.
Given recent speculation that veteran skipper Jim Leyland may call it a career at the end of the season with the Detroit Tigers, Gibson was asked Tuesday on Arizona Sports 620's Burns & Gambo if he would have any interest in returning to the franchise he made a name for himself with back in the 1980s.
His response was a definitive one.
"I really love where I am at right now and really enjoy this organization," Gibson said, referring to his job with the Diamondbacks. "Right on down the line, from Ken [Kendrick] and Derrick [Hall] to Kevin Towers and the front office people I work with, I feel like we are just getting started here.
"We had a great season last year and have had a little bit of a hiccup this season. And I am certainly going to take the blame for that."
A year after surprising all of baseball with 94 wins and a division title, the D-backs have come back to earth a little bit in 2012. Heading into Tuesday night's series opener in San Fransisco, Gibson and Co. find themselves 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.
"It's my job to motivate these guys," said Gibson. "And I take it personally that that hasn't happened this year."
Gibson played five seasons with the Tigers from 1983-1987. As the team's everyday right fielder, the Michigan native helped lead the team to its first World Series since 1968 when they beat the San Diego Padres in 1984. After spending some time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates, Gibson concluded his 17-year career with Detroit in 1995.
Still, Gibson reiterated home is not always where the heart is.
"I'm very excited about what lies ahead for us in our future," said Gibson. "We have some unfinished business and I want to see a championship brought here. That's where my focus is. And, that has never wavered."