Sport Diamondbacks fire hitting coaches amid brutal stretch that includes 19-game road losing streak
D-Backs GM Mike Hazen thinks team may still be able to turn things around
The Diamondbacks entered play tonight amidst a nine-game losing streak that has dropped the club to an NL-worst 18-31. It’s still relatively early in the year, but Arizona’s close to digging themselves a hole they can’t climb out of. © Patrick Breen/The Republic via Imagn Content Services, LLC D-Backs general manager Mike Hazen addressed the team’s downturn with reporters (including Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic). While he stopped short of declaring them an eventual seller, Hazen admitted they “need to start playing better” if they’re to salvage this season.
At 20-43, the -- and are 5-30 in their last 35 games overall. It has been a brutal stretch for the D-Backs.have the worst record in baseball by three games. -- their last road win was
Rarely does a team go through a stretch this terrible and not make changes. On Thursday, the D-Backsthey have fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske. Triple-A hitting coach Rick Short and run production coordinator Drew Hedman have been elevated to Arizona's co-hitting coaches. The D-Backs hired Coles and Hinske in Nov. 2018.
Diamondbacks analyst Bob Brenly taking leave of absence, will undergo sensitivity training after comments about Marcus Stroman
Bob Brenly is taking a voluntary leave of absence and will undergo sensitivity training after his comments about Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman."Pretty sure that's the same do-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets," Brenly said while Stroman was on the mound during Tuesday’s broadcast between the two teams.
The D-Backs are averaging 4.17 runs per game, 19th most in baseball, and they rank 23rd in batting average (.231), 23rd in on-base percentage (.305), 23rd in slugging percentage (.380), and 25th in(87). The offense has ranked among the worst in the league, and when that happens, the hitting coach(es) usually takes the fall.
Furthermore, several core D-Backs players have had disappointing seasons at the plate, including(66 OPS+), (94 OPS+), and (49 OPS+). That said, catcher (135 OPS+) has bounced back nicely from a tough 2020 season, and rookie has been very good (115 OPS+).
Coles and Hinske are not the reason Arizona has a 4.97 ERA, however, nor responsible for the fact that three of Arizona's top four in innings (Bumgarner,, ) have an ERA north of 5.00. Generally speaking, coaches are first to go, then the manager, then the general manager. Manager Torey Lovullo could be on thin ice now.
Arizona has an off-day Thursday before opening a three-game home series with theon Friday night. The team will look to avoid its 20th consecutive road loss when it heads to San Francisco on Monday.
'Nothing looks good' preparing for summer wildfire season .
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Wearing soot-smudged, fire-resistant clothing and helmets, several wildland firefighters armed with hoes moved through a stand of ponderosa pines as flames tore through the underbrush. The firefighters weren’t there to extinguish the fire. They had started it. The prescribed burn, ignited this month near the scenic mountain town of Bend, is part of a massive effort in wildlands across the U.S. West to prepare for a fire season that follows the worst one on record. (Kyle Kosma/High Desert Museum via AP) The firefighters weren’t there to extinguish the fire. They had started it.