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Kirk Gibson #23

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Full Name:
Kirk Gibson
Uniform #:
23

MANAGERIAL CAREER: In his fifth overall season with the D-backs in 2014...Enters 2014 ranked third on Arizona's all-time win list, trailing Bob Melvin (337) and Bob Brenly (303)…needs 10 wins for 300.

2013: Finished 81-81 and second place in the NL West, 11.0-games behind the Dodgers…the D-backs were in first place for 62 consecutive days from May 17-July 21.


2012: Led the D-backs to an 81-81 record and third place finish in the NL West, 5.0-games behind the Dodgers and 13.0 back of the Giants...Recorded his 200th regular-season victory on Sept. 16 with a 10-2 win vs. Giants, becoming the fourth D-backs manager to reach the 200 regular-season win mark.
 

2011: Named 2011 BBWAA NL Manager of the Year…had 152 points (28 first-place and 4 second-place votes)…was the only manager named on every ballot…joined Joe Torre, Don Baylor and Frank Robinson as the only persons to win MVP and Manager of the Year awards...Joined Joe Torre and Yogi Berra as the only MVPs to win Division titles as a manager (Elias)…Don Mattingly became the fourth to do so in 2013.....Went 94-68 (.580) in his first full season as D-backs manager in 2011 and led team to the NL West Division title…clinched division title with a 3-1 win on Sept. 23 vs. Giants…won division by 8.0 games over the Giants, their second-largest margin behind the 14.0-game lead in 1999...D-backs were eliminated in the NLDS vs. Brewers, 3-2…lost Games 1 & 2 @ Miller Park (4-1, 9-4) then won Games 3 & 4 @ Chase Field (8-1, 10-6) before losing Game 5 @ Miller Park (3-2) in 10 innings...In 2011, Gibson became the first manager to take his team to playoffs in his first full season after the team finished in last place the previous season (Elias)…Gibson and the Brewers' Ron Roenicke became the 19th and 20th managers, since 1969, to take their teams to the playoffs in first full season as Manager (does not include managers who made playoffs before their first full season, i.e., midseason hires in first season) (Elias)....D-backs 29-win differential from 65 wins in 2010 to 94 wins in 2011 tied for the third-best since 1998 with Tigers (43 wins in 2003, 72 in 2004) and behind D-backs' 35-win difference (65 in 1998/100 in 1999) and Rays' 31-win differential (66 in 2007/97 in 2008)...Led the D-backs to a Major League-best and franchise-record 48 comeback wins and a franchise-record 15-game home winning streak from Aug. 9-Sept. 10, the longest in the Majors in 2011 and longest single-season streak since the Astros' 18 straight wins from Aug. 23-Oct. 3, 2004.

2010: Named interim manager on July 1, 2010, following the dismissal of A.J. Hinch…compiled a 34-49 mark as interim manager…made his debut on July 2 vs. Dodgers with a 12-5 win, joining Bob Brenly (3-2 @ Dodgers, April 1, 2001) as the only D-backs' manager to win in his managerial debut…became the fourth manager since 2001 to make his managerial debut against a team he played for, joining Padres' Bud Black on April 3, 2007 vs. Giants, Indians' Joel Skinner on July 11, 2002 vs. Yankees and Pirates' Lloyd McClendon on April 3, 2001 @ Reds...Named the D-backs' sixth manager on Oct. 4, 2010, agreeing to a two-year contract through the 2012 season with a club option for 2013.

COACHING CAREER: Was a member of Bruce Bochy's NL coaching staff for the MLB All-Star Game @ Chase Field on July 12, 2011...Served as the D-backs bench coach from 2007 until assuming the interim manager title on July 1, 2010…his tenure as bench coach is the longest in team history...Began coaching career as bench coach for the Tigers from 2003-05 under manager Alan Trammell…also worked as a color analyst on FSN Detroit from 1998-2002.

PLAYING CAREER: Played 17 Major League seasons with Detroit (1979-87, '93-95), Los Angeles-NL (1988-90), Kansas City (1991) and Pittsburgh (1992)...Hit .268 (1,553-for-5,798) with 260 doubles, 255 home runs, 870 RBI and 284 stolen bases in 1,635 Major League games...Was a member of two World Championship teams (1984 Tigers and 1988 Dodgers)…named the 1984 ALCS MVP vs. Royals, hitting .417 with one homer and two RBI...Named 1988 NL MVP after batting .290 with 25 home runs, 76 RBI, 106 runs and 31 stolen bases…hit a pinch-hit, game-ending two-run home run off the A's Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the World Series...Is the only player in history to win a league MVP award and never appear in an All-Star Game.

PERSONAL: Kirk Harold Gibson...Married to Joanne with four children, Colleen, Kirk, Kevin and Cameron…Kevin plays collegiate hockey at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point…Cameron plays baseball at Michigan State University...Became the second Michigan State University baseball player to have his uniform number (No. 30) retired, at the 2012 MSU Baseball First Pitch Dinner on Jan. 29, 2012...Served as the Grand Marshal of the 41st Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade on Dec. 31, 2011, and was also a special guest for the Fiesta Bowl pregame festivities and coin toss on Jan. 2, 2012...Drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 1978 free agent draft by the Tigers and seventh round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals...Chad and Doug Dreier, father and son sports memorabilia collectors from Santa Barbara, Calif., paid $1.19 million in an online auction in November 2010 for five iconic Gibson items, including Gibson's home run bat from Game 1 of the 1988 World Series ($575,912) and his game-worn jersey ($303,277), his batting helmet ($155,388), NL MVP Award ($110,293) and World Series trophy ($45,578)…the final bid for the bat marked the second-highest amount paid for a game-used bat, behind only Babe Ruth's signed bat used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium that sold in 2004 for $1.265 million…the amounts paid for the game-worn helmet and player World Series trophy were records...Proceeds from the sale of the World Series trophy and MVP plaque benefitted the Kirk Gibson Foundation to continue his support of Michigan State University athletic programs and to help fund his partial scholarship programs at Clarkston (Mich.) High School and Waterford (Mich.) High School, in honor of his parents, who were educators at those schools.

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