Bell Replaces Brogna as Chairs Continue to Shuffle

Less than one month after the Arizona Diamondbacks announced that Rico Brogna would be taking over the role of Director of Player Development, the team is once again announcing an organizational change.

The Diamondbacks today introduced Mike Bell as their “new” Director of Player Development. Bell had been acting as Minor League field coordinator for the 2010 season after managing the Diamondbacks Class-A farm team the Visalia Rawhide from 2007-2009.

Jerry Dipoto, Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development stated, “Mike has earned this opportunity after exhibiting tremendous character, passion, preparation and leadership skills during his tenure in the D-backs player development system.”

While that may be true, you couldn’t help but wonder what is going on in the baseball operations branch of the Diamondbacks front office. When Brogna was named as director on October 15, he came with similar accolades by the D-backs staff. So now just a month later why are we visiting this and introducing a new successor?

Brogna was unavailable for comment and the Diamondbacks offered little in the way of explanation. The only comment made by Jerry Dipoto was to say, “We all respect Rico’s decision to resign as director of player development and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Rumors suggest that Brogna was disenchanted with the new job thinking he would have more autonomy in running the minor league system while new General Manager Kevin Towers plans to have a more active role in all aspects of the baseball operations side.

It was also suggested that Brogna was not willing to make the adjustments in travel and schedule that would require him to be away from his family more. Until more information is forthcoming from either the team or Brogna himself, fans and media will be left to speculate why the change of heart.

I find it somewhat perplexing that this type of philosophical difference did not arise during the interview process last month. You begin to question the thoroughness of the hiring process and who may next resign amid difference in opinion. Hopefully this will become the exception rather than the rule during the front office restructuring effort.

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