Dave Stewart looks back at his time with the Diamondbacks
Jan 12, 2017, 12:27 PM | Updated: 12:30 pm
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Dave Stewart, who served as the Diamondbacks general manager for the last two seasons, appeared on Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Thursday.
During the interview, Stewart said that he learned a few things at his time with the Diamondbacks.
“Probably the person that’s hiring you, you also want to interview them as well,” Stewart said. “I think it’s important for anyone entering into that position, you shouldn’t only be interviewed but you should also put yourself in a position that you’re interviewing the people that are interviewing you.”
Stewart was relieved of his duties in October after the Diamondbacks failed to live up to expectations where the team finished 69-93 record. Manager Chip Hale also got fired in the process.
The 2016 season came off the heels of an active offseason when the team signed pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year contract worth $206.5 million and traded for Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves. The team paid a steep price for Miller, since valuable players Ender Inciarte and number one pick Dansby Swanson were shipped off in exchange.
Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, the moves did not pan out well. Greinke had a subpar season with a 4.37 ERA and Miller struggled with a 6.15 ERA and a 3-12 record. At one point, Miller was sent to the minors due to his poor play.
Even though his time with the Diamondbacks didn’t work out perfectly, Stewart still wants to be around baseball.
“I’ve always said that in the right situation I would consider it (coaching), there are only a few, few guys out there that I can think of if an opportunity became available that I would get back in to coaching. Bruce Bochy would be one of them, Dusty Baker,” Stewart said.
Stewart also added that he wouldn’t mind being in charge if possible.
“You know if I had enough money I’d like to be an owner,” Stewart said.
Right now, Stewart is a part of a sports management company that he said he separated himself from during his time as a general manager. He also added that he enjoys being his own boss.