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Gibson driving himself, Diamondbacks for more

Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:31 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kirk Gibson hasn't stopped.

The Diamondbacks manager seems as driven as he was last spring, his first as a big-league manager. He's as determined as ever to live up to Sparky Anderson's legacy.

"Sparky would be proud," he said Wednesday, looking out at the Diamondbacks' well-organized workouts.

Gibson's first full year as a manager was a success, with the Diamondbacks grabbing a surprising National League West title and Gibson winning NL Manager of the Year honors.

But Gibson and his coaching staff still changed a few things this spring, notably putting a much bigger emphasis on pitchers hitting.

"We hope it will help us let the starters go longer in games, and tax the bullpen less," Gibson said.

Most National League teams use the designated hitter early in spring, to provide extra at-bats for the many position players in camp. But Gibson had his pitchers hit Wednesday against the Indians, partly because he wants Trevor Cahill to get as many spring at-bats as possible.

Cahill came to the plate just 12 times in his three years with the A's, and with one infield hit and two sacrifice bunts his only successes.

"He swings decent," Gibson said.

Cahill is 24, and he said he last hit regularly in high school.

"I have no power, but I spray the ball around pretty well," he said.

Diamondbacks pitchers led the National League with 58 hits and a .186 batting average last year, helped by Daniel Hudson hitting .277.

Can they do better this year? Can the Diamondbacks do better than their 94-win season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to the Brewers?

I don't know that, but I do know that their manager seems every bit as into it as he was a year ago.


Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:59 pm

Gibson driving himself, Diamondbacks for more

Not a surprise with Gibby be selected NL manager of the year. He was always a motivator and leader when he played with the Tigers. He was well "into the game" every game with a positive attitude and never quit determination. I can see a lot of Sparky in Gibby's  demeanor and style. Take those diamondbacks back to the playoffs again. Good luck Gibby.

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