Updated Nov 1, 2013 - 3:05 pm
Dave McKay joins Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff; Glenn Sherlock and Turner Ward promoted
McKay has 30 years of coaching experience in the major leagues, spending time with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and, most recently, the Chicago Cubs. The 63-year-old, who has coached on three World Series champion staffs, has held major league positions as a bullpen coach, bench coach and first base coach.
"The more people I meet in the organization and the more information I learn about the D-backs, it excites me to now be a part of it," McKay was quoted as saying in the team's official press release. "I couldn't be happier and am looking forward to Spring Training already. It will be great to be home during the season, but being a D-back is what's most exciting."
Two of the other Diamondbacks coaching vacancies were also filled internally Friday, when the organization announced that long-time bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock would be moving to third base and former assistant hitting coach Turner Ward would take over as hitting coach. Those vacancies were left by Matt Williams -- now the manager of the Washington Nationals -- and Don Baylor, who joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Sherlock, who has been with the Diamondbacks for all 17 of their franchise history, expressed his appreciation for the organization promoting him.
"I really appreciate the confidence that Gibby (Manager Kirk Gibson) and KT have in me to be Third Base Coach for the D-backs," Sherlock said, according to the organization's release.
"I've enjoyed my time as Bullpen Coach and will miss the day-to-day grind with the relievers, but being at third will allow me to spend more time in-game with Miggy (catcher Miguel Montero) and the catchers. This is a tremendous opportunity, and I feel I'm prepared for the challenge."
Alan Trammell, the team announced, would be returning for his fourth consecutive season as the bench coach.
The Diamondbacks remain without a pitching coach on staff following the firing of Charles Nagy earlier this month. Sherlock's former position in the bullpen has also not yet been filled.
- Collmenter, D-backs down Padres, snap losing streak
- Dose of Venom: Collmenter dazzles in D-backs' win over Padres
- D-backs CEO Derrick Hall says Tony La Russa will teach, but will not manage
- Diamondbacks fall to Nationals 1-0 on walk-off error: By The Numbers
- Nationals win 9th in row, nip D-backs in 9th
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President & CEO - Thursday August 21Derrick Hall gives his thoughts on the new MLB commissioner.
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB insider - Wednesday August 20Tim Kurkjian discusses the American League wild card race and the future of Kirk Gibson.
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday August 20Kevin Towers talks about the future of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday August 19Kirk Gibson talks about his future with the Diamondbacks.
- Who impressed/who depressed - Monday August 18Dan and Vince look back at who impressed and depressed them over the weekend.
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB insider - Friday August 15Tim Kurkjian discusses what new commissioner Rob Manfred means for Major League Baseball.
- What's on your mind? - Friday August 15Vince Marotta shares what he is thinking about this week.