Kirk Gibson is being brought back to manage the Diamondbacks, sources say. It's believed to be a two-year deal. The announcement may come as early as Monday.
Gibson served as the Diamondbacks bench coach from 2007-09 before taking over the team on July 1 when A.J. Hinch was fired. The Diamondbacks were 34-48 under Gibson entering Sunday's finale.
Gibson brought a feistiness to the job sought by Arizona after he was named interim manager. Gibson's gung-ho style was applauded in Arizona, and new general manager Kevin Towers agreed that it was best to retain Gibson following Towers' recent hiring. The two men met recently to discuss the situation. Hinch since has received a top scouting job with Towers' old team, the San Diego Padres.
Gibson is best recalled for his dramatic home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, coming off the bench to ignote the upstart Los Angeles Dodgers with his blast off Dennis Eckersley of the heavily favored Oakland A's.