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Kirk Gibson


Arizona fired the overmatched A.J. Hinch as its manager today, and replaced him with Kirk Gibson.

Kirk Gibson?

Weird choice. As a player, Gibson was one of the nastiest, meanest, most unbecoming men any writer/fan could have the displeasure of meeting. He was rude and crass, and made no secret of his dislike of, well, human beings.

One may say: What does this have to do with managing a team? Answer: Everything. A manager works strategically, sure, but he’s also the face of the franchise. A PR man. A salesman. A mouthpiece. Unless the man has drastically, drastically changed, this can’t go well.