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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching coach Mike Butcher have ‘parted ways’

The Diamondbacks announced Monday that pitching coach Mike Butcher will not return for 2020, the only member of Torey Lovullo’s coaching staff who will not be back.

After the club tweeted that the sides had “parted ways,” Lovullo cited “philosophical” differences with Butcher, saying during a press conference on Monday at Chase Field that he would like to see what a new direction might mean for his pitching staff.

“He had a lot of really good, insightful things that made some of our pitchers continue to plow and push forward,” Lovullo said. “I’m just really, really curious about how we can take the next steps. Maybe a new voice will allow us to get there.”

Butcher was the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach for four seasons starting in 2016, an era in which the club’s pitching staffs ran the gamut in performance, going from one of the worst in baseball in 2016 to one of the best in 2017.  The Diamondbacks ranked third in the National League in ERA in 2018 and fell to seventh in 2019.

So, who tends to get fired quicker as a response to struggles: pitching coaches on losing baseball teams, or choreographers on musicals in trouble?

QLE Posted: October 01, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 01, 2019 at 05:42 AM (#5884840)
From this distance, hard to see what this guy did wrong. DBacks were league-average by bWAR, ERA, ERA+ (in their now offensively neutral park) despite trading away their best starter at the deadline. League average seasons from AAAA starters Merrill Kelly (rookie at 30), Taylor Clarke (rookie at 26) and Alex Young (rookie at 25). Luke Weaver got hurt but was doing well until then; Zac Gallen didn't miss a beat; Robbie Ray was healthier and repeated his solid but unspectacular 2018. Bullpen was not great but it was a pretty patchwork group of pitchers.

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