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La Russa: Report of Gibson's return 'inaccurate'

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 19 2014 09:00:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 20 2014 09:37:30 AM CDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB

Struggling through a disappointing season, there was a report the Arizona Diamondbacks were expected to retain Kirk Gibson as manager next year.

Not so fast, says Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa.

Through a spokesperson Tuesday, La Russa said the USA Today report was inaccurate and that no decisions had been made.

La Russa cited comments made Monday, when he said, "I just think that at this point, we're at Aug. 18, I've been around three months, I've observed a lot, talked to and met with a lot of people in the organization. I have a much better idea. I just think the official comment is, we're at Aug. 18, the season is a month and 10 days from being over. So it won't be long until you have to trot out your plan officially."

The Diamondbacks have the fourth-worst record in baseball at 53-72 entering Tuesday's games, but USA Today reported La Russa, brought in three months ago to oversee baseball operations, is leaning toward giving Gibson another year in the dugout.

There was no indication about whether general manager Kevin Towers' job might be in jeopardy. He received criticism for some of the moves he made in the past and for the club's lack of success on the field.

Gibson took over as Diamondbacks manager in 2010 and has a 343-351 overall record. After winning the National League West title in 2011 with a 94-68 regular-season record, the Diamondbacks finished .500 each of the next two seasons before this year's slide. Gibson was National League manager of the year in 2011.

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