2010 Arizona Diamondbacks

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2010 Arizona Diamondbacks / Franchise: Arizona Diamondbacks / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 65-97, Finished 5th in NL Western Division (2010 NL)

Managed by A.J. Hinch (31-48) and Kirk Gibson (34-49)

Coaches: Kirk Gibson, Jack Howell, Jeff Motuzas, Mel Stottlemyre, Bo Porter, Glenn Sherlock, Matt Williams and Joel Youngblood

Ballpark: Chase Field

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks season opener April 6, 2010

On July 1, the 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks cleaned house, firing general manager Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch simultaneously. Bench coach Kirk Gibson took over as interim manager, while team Vice-President Jerry Dipoto became the interim GM. Both Byrnes and Hinch had long-term contracts, and when Hinch had been named manager a year earlier, in spite of having no managing or coaching experience at any level, it was explained that the team was in a rebuilding mode and that there was little pressure to win immediately. However, the team's 31-48 record at the time of the firings - worst in the NL West and third-worst in the major leagues - with no signs of improvement on the horizon, apparently changed upper management's minds.

In a four-day span ending June 27, Arizona starters set a major league record by allowing five hits over four days, including a no-hitter by Edwin Jackson. On August 11, they hit four consecutive home runs in an inning off David Bush of the Milwaukee Brewers, tying a major league mark. They became the first team to have their batters reach 1,400 strikeouts, doing so in mid-September, and finished the season with a record 1529 strikeouts, shattering the all-time major league record.

Another view of the season opener.

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