Arizona Completes Disappointing Season

With the final out at Dodger Stadium, the Diamondbacks 2010 season mercifully came to a close. This year was so far removed from how it was expected to go. After a disastrous 2009 where manager Bob Melvin was fired and ace Brandon Webb went down on Opening Day this year was supposed to be better.

The Diamondbacks picked up the option on Webb and expectations were he would return to dominating form to show that 2009 was just an aberration. General Manager Josh Byrnes assured everyone things were going to be better.

Manager AJ Hinch had one-the-job training that would help elevate his status in the clubhouse. Instead Webb continued to suffer setback after setback and ultimately did not play a single inning for the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks played worse in 2010 than they did in 2009 and by July 1 both Hinch and Byrnes had been relieved of duty replaced by Kirk Gibson and Jerry Dipoto respectively. These changes did not seem to matter and the Diamondbacks continued to struggle falling farther out of contention.

By the trade deadline the Diamondbacks dealt pitchers Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson for minor league prospects. Gibson tried to instill a new philosophy in the clubhouse but the players seemed incapable of grasping the concepts.

For nearly the entire month of September the Diamondbacks win/loss record mirrored that of the expansion 1998 team. With the loss to the Dodgers today the season ended with a 65-72 record, which is exactly the same as that in 1998.

This places the 2010 season tied as the second worst record in franchise history with the first season. The only Diamondbacks team with a worse record was the disastrous 2004 season where they lost 111 games.

With Kevin Towers as the new General Manager hope is beginning to return to Chase Field. There are a lot of problems that remain and the off-season will be spent reviewing what worked and what didn’t the past two years.

Webb who is now pitching in Instructional League for the Diamondbacks has likely thrown his last pitch for Arizona. As a free agent he will be looking for an incentive laden deal which the Diamondbacks are reluctant to give especially given the fact that they have paid him two full years with little or no return on that investment.

The core of the team remains but questions abound there as well. Should the team continue to express hope that these young players will put things together or do the change the parts to try and find a combination that can be more successful?

The team will have 135 days to figure it out the pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training at the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick where they will open the new facility with the Colorado Rockies. While that seems like a long ways away, I’m guessing Towers and his staff wish they had a little more time.

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