Kirk Gibson took over a team that, to put it mildly, wasn’t very good.
The team was 31-48 when he replaced A.J. Hinch, and was well on its way to a 97-loss season.
Needless to say things had to change, and Gibson made sure they did.
“The thing that we’ve done well is to overcome those struggles,” the manager told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf. “We make a lot of mistakes but we don’t get bogged down in them. You just have to move on.”
Rare is the first place team that has a multitude of issues, but go ahead and meet your 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks.
Whether it’s rotating through first baseman like they’re going out of style, losing Stephen Drew to injury or just finding a way to win while using former utility-players Ryan Roberts and Willie Bloomquist nearly every day, everything that has happened this year has only proven Gibson to be adept at his craft.
“Some of the things we started with initially in spring training and we’ve executed that, and then we try to encourage them to stay onto that task,” he said. “When you have success it validates everything.”
Indeed, through 144 games Gibson’s methods have proven to get the most out of his players, and in turn the players have gotten the most wins of anyone in the NL West.