The Arizona Diamondbacks continued to rebuild their baseball operations staff under new General Manager Kevin Towers. Towers recently relieved scouting director Tom Allison of his duties as Director of Scouting.
After Interim General Manager Jerry Dipoto was named Senior Vice President of Player Development and Scouting he has been looking for a replacement for Allison. Today the Diamondbacks announced the hiring of Ray Montgomery as the Director of Amateur Scouting.
Today is one of those days where there a handful of small items that come up but none of them really warrant their own entry. This hap penes with more regularity during the off-season especially between the time the regular season ends and the post season is still going on.
So while the baseball world revolves around the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Francisco Giants; fans of the other 26 clubs wait patiently for the end of the World Series and the beginning of the Hot Stove season.
Before the season ended, Arizona Diamondbacks General Managing Partner Ken Kendrick and CEO Derrick Hall committed to a full evaluation of the organization from the top down. Everyone assumed this meant the baseball operations staff.
This assumption would be partially correct as evidenced by the dismissal of manager AJ Hinch and General Manager Josh Byrnes. This has led to further changes in the coaching staff including the hiring of Kirk Gibson on a permanent basis.
The last time fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks saw right fielder Justin Upton he was riding the bench watching is teammates struggle in the final month of the season. Upton had been sidelined with what was described as a tweaked left shoulder.
The shoulder was injured during an at bat when Upton swung violently at a pitch and missed. He winced in pain and was subsequently removed. His condition was listed as day-to-day. That diagnosis was a little misleading as Upton was only able to play in five games in the final month of the season.
The next phase of managing my health begins today. I find myself in some sort of baseball equivalent of a medical emergency. This is not a new disease, it tends to flair up every year.
The illness usually manifests itself in February when I find myself exhibiting a shorter and shorter attention span towards work and family. This usually occurs right around the time that pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.
With all of the changes occurring to the Arizona Diamondbacks over the past two years, there have been several good resources that have been made available to pursue other opportunities. Now it seems other teams are in a position to make changes themselves and are reaching out to these former Diamondbacks employees. I thought it might be interesting to see who is interviewing where.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announce yet another change to their front office. Assistant General Manager Peter Woodfork will be leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks to “pursue other opportunities”.
The announcement comes just two days after the Diamondbacks relieved scouting director Tom Allison of his duties. The departure of Woodfork was expected when Kevin Towers was named General Manager.