Well, that didn’t take long. Bob Melvin is expected to be named the new manager of the Diamondbacks. Say what you will about Bob, but he’s clearly a better choice than Wally Backman. With any luck, this will cause Backman to rethink some of his life choices, and hopefully make some changes.
The interesting thing to watch will now be if Melvin will request permission to talk to Bryan Price about the Arizona pitching coach position. I’d imagine he won’t, considering they’ve already officially named Price as the M’s pitching coach, but it is a longshot possibility that he won’t be with the organization come next spring.