November 18, 2016
PHOENIX— The Arizona Diamondbacks made several coaching staff changes in the off-season to try and turn the club around after finishing the 2016 season with a 69-93 record and in fourth place in the NL West.
General Manager – Mike Hazen, 40, joins the Dbacks from the Red Sox organization where he spent the 2016 season as the Senior VP and General Manager after four seasons as the club’s Assistant GM.
Manager – Torey Lovullo, 51, joins the Dbacks from the Red Sox organization after spending the last three seasons as the Bench Coach. In 2015, Lovullo was the interim manager while John Farrell stepped aside to battle lymphoma.
Bench Coach – Ron Gardenhire, 59, joins the Dbacks for his stint with the club and his first time as a bench coach. Gardenhire holds the record for most wins as the manager of the Minnesota Twins, where he spent 13 seasons.
Hitting Coach – Dave Magadan, 54, enters his second season as the Dbacks Hitting Coach.
Pitching Coach – Mike Butcher, 51, returns for his second season as the Dbacks Pitching Coach.
First Base Coach – Dave McKay, 66, returns for his fourth season as the Dbacks First Base Coach.
Third Base Coach – Tony Perezchica, 50, has spent 13 seasons in the Dbacks organization, and will make his first appearance at the Major League level. Perezchica was Arizona’s Field/Infield Coordinator for the past three seasons.
Bullpen Coach – Mike Fetters, 51, returns for his fifth season with the Dbacks as a coach and eight overall. Fetters was previously the Quality Control coach.
Quality Control/Catching Coach – Robby Hammock, 39, will join the Dbacks for his first stint as a coach at the Major League Level. Hammock played six seasons in the big-leagues and was part of catching Randy Johnson’s perfect game in 2004.
Coach/Interpreter – Ariel Prieto, 47, returns for his third season with the Dbacks as a coach and interpreter.