2010 Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Arizona Diamondbacks / Franchise: Arizona Diamondbacks / BR Team Page
History, Comments, Contributions
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.
Awards and Honors
- All-Star: Chris Young