Diamondbacks clean house, fire Hale, GM Stewart

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale was fired Monday afternoon along with general manager Dave Stewart, whose team finished 69-93, 22 games out of first place, and missed the playoffs again.

The team announced in a release on Monday that it will discuss an appropriate role for chief baseball officer Tony La Russa in the future.

“We are very grateful to Dave and Chip, who are widely respected throughout the game of baseball,” said Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick. “Ultimately the results have not been what we had hoped, and while that responsibility is shared by all of us, we have decided that a change is necessary.”

Stewart was hired as Arizona’s general manager at the end of the 2014 season after serving as pitching coach for the Brewers and Padres and assistant GM for the Blue Jays.

He had a successful pitching career before entering coaching. From 1978 to 1995, the right-hander went 168-129 and was an All-Star and World Series MVP for Oakland in 1989.

Hale was also hired by Arizona as manager in 2014. The former MLB infielder lasted two seasons, going 148-176.

Arizona had upgraded expectations this season after signing former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke to a $ 206 million contract and adding right-hander Shelby Miller.

The Diamondbacks got off to a slow start and were considered to have underachieved all season, ultimately missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

“Stew and Chip are quality individuals who I consider friends and I respect greatly,” Arizona CEO Derrick Hall said. “I thank them for their tireless efforts while wearing our logo on their chests. We will look to move quickly as we turn the page and begin another chapter for this proud franchise.”

Arizona has made some questionable moves over the past couple of seasons, including an $ 8.25 million contract with Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez, who has considered leaving the game.

The Diamondbacks also were criticized for the deal that brought Miller to the desert, which sent outfielder Ender Inciarte and shortstop Dansby Swanson, Arizona’s top draft pick in 2015, to Atlanta. Miller struggled his first season with Arizona, going 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA.

Arizona did pull off the most surprising offseason deal prior to the 2016 season, luring Greinke away from top teams that had been pursuing him. Greinke showed flashes of still being one of baseball’s best pitchers, but was inconsistent most of the season. He won a team-high 13 games, but also had a 4.37 ERA, second-highest of his career.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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