Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
(AZCentral.com) - Despite a managerial opening with his hometown team, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson appears to be staying put.
On the day Jim Leyland announced his retirement as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said Gibson doesn't want to leave Arizona - and that the club doesn't want him to go, either.
"I had a conversation with him first thing this morning," Hall said. "My first inclination was to say I would not grant permission (for the Tigers to interview Gibson) because we want him to stay here. But I asked him, 'If that's what you desire, to go interview, that's different.' But he said he wants to stay here. That's all we needed to hear. He's not going anywhere."
And that's despite Gibson being signed only through next season. The club held options for the 2015 and 2016 seasons but did not exercise them, Hall said.
"He's committed; he's a loyal guy," Hall said. "He's under contract. He likes it here. Of course, I think he would have liked his options exercised, but he also knows he could be here the next 20 years. That doesn't mean that he's not going to be here after next year because we didn't exercise those next two years. He has enough confidence in himself to know that he could still get extended or still get renewed."
The Diamondbacks recently granted hitting coach Don Baylor permission to interview with the Los Angeles Angels for a lateral position he wound up accepting.
"But he's not our manager," Hall said of Baylor. "I think when it comes to manager, general manager, bench coach, those are key positions you want to retain. If someone has a chance to move up, I wouldn't get in the way. But if it's the manager, that's different."
Gibson grew up in Michigan and played on the last Tigers team to win the World Series. He also served as a broadcaster and bench coach for the club. According to CBS Sports, Gibson is on the Tigers' list of possible candidates for their opening.
Gibson has been with the Diamondbacks since 2007, serving as manager since midway through the 2010 season.