On May 7, 2009 the Arizona Diamondbacks announced they had fired manager Bob Melvin and hitting coach Rick Schu. They also accepted the resignation of pitching coach Bryan Price. General Manager Josh Byrnes introduced AJ Hinch, the Diamondbacks former Director of Player Personnel, as the team’s new manager.
At the time the Diamondbacks were in last place in the National League West. They had suffered the loss of starting pitcher Brandon Webb and left fielder Conor Jackson. The pitching staff was inconsistent and the offense went through hot and cold streaks that were driving management and the fans crazy.