5:05 p.m.: General Manager Mike Hazen reiterated the organization’s faith in Lovullo, telling USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (Twitter link) “Still (felt) that Torey was the right person to lead these people and to the right of this ship and take us back to where we had to go.”
4:13 PM: The Diamondbacks announced this afternoon that they have parted ways with coach Darnell Coles and assistant coach Eric Hinske to replace them. The club has promoted Rick Short, who was previously coached with subsidiary Triple-A in Reno and is production coordinator Drew Hedman. Short and Hedman will serve as co-hitting coaches.
Both Coles and Hinske have been hired during the 2018-19 offseason in each of the two-plus seasons since then the D-Backs have made below-average offenses. apparently It’s hard to tell how much of a penalty should be on the coaching staff and the players. But apparently the organization decided it was time for a new voice to come in.
Considering the devastation this season It’s not hard to understand why the club is shaken. The Diamondbacks have the league’s worst record at 20-43 and they are now in the midst of a 19-game losing streak, a three-game mark shy of the all-time record. time The lineup isn’t the only reason for that level of futility. But it’s not a strong point either. The Diamond backslasher has a cumulative slash line of .238 .312 .394 excluding pitchers. A result of 94 wRC+ makes them only twenty-two of the league’s thirty clubs in the park fines offense.
Short, who appeared in eleven MLB games as a national team player in 2005, has spent the past decade in the Arizona organization as a scout and deputy coach for Hedman, who previously coached at the amateur level. Hired by the D-Backs as a scout in 2018, he was promoted to production coordinator the following year. FanGraphs’ David Laurila reviewed Hedman’s rise in April last year. already
The sacking of Coles and Hinske will add to speculation over the future of manager Torey Lovullo. The fifth-year captain is in the final year of his current contract. And the team’s dreadful performance over the past two seasons has led some fans to suggest that Lovullo’s job could be in jeopardy. The front desk still stood on his side, with CEO Derrick Hall telling reporters last month that Lovullo “isn’t a problem” with the organization (via Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic). The team’s stance has intensified since then.