Diamondbacks fire manager A.J. Hinch and GM Josh Byrnes

The Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have fired skipper A.J. Hinch and GM Josh Byrnes.

Multiple sources say the relationship between Byrnes and Derrick Hall, the Diamondbacks President and CEO, was strained.

The club has called a news conference for 10 a.m. Friday at Chase Field.

“These decisions come as a first and major step in our thorough evaluation of our team,” Hall said in a statement. “We have all been disappointed in the results over the last few years, and we have come to the conclusion that a change in the leadership of our baseball operations staff is necessary at this time. This franchise has enjoyed tremendous success over the years, and we want to get back to our winning ways. The loyal staff of this organization, as well as all of our fans, hopes for and deserves better results on the field.”

The Diamondbacks went 349-378 in Byrnes’ nearly 4 1/2 seasons running the club’s baseball operations department.

Hinch, who was promoted controversially from farm director to manager in May 2009 despite not having any coaching experience, went 89-123.

Not a total shock. The D-Backs have sunk to the bottom of the NL West with not much hope of turning things around. Injuries to the pitching staff have been an issue, but the club’s young offensive talent hasn’t developed either. While that’s not always the manager’s fault, he’s usually the way that gets the hook in the end.

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