Diamondbacks clean house, fire Hale, GM Stewart

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hales was fired Monday afternoon along with general manager Dave Stewart, whose team finished 69-93, 22 games out of first place, and missed the playoffs again.

The team announced in a release on Monday that it will discuss an appropriate role for chief baseball 0fficer Tony La Russa in the future.

“We are very grateful to Dave and Chip who are widely respected throughout the game of baseball,” said Arizona managing partner Ken Kendrick. “Ultimately, the results have not been what we had hoped and while that responsibility is shared by all of us, we have decided that a change is necessary.”

Stewart was hired as the Diamondbacks general manager at the end of the 2014 season after serving as pitching coach for the Brewers and Padres and assistant GM for the Blue Jays.

He had a successful pitching career before entering coaching . From 1978-95, the right-hander went 168-129 and was an All-Star and World Series MVP for Oakland in 1989.

Hale was also hired by Arizona as manager in 2014. The former MLB infielder only lasted two seasons, going 148-176.

Arizona had upgraded expectations this season after signing former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke to a $206 million contract and adding right-hander Shelby Miller.

The Diamondbacks got off to a slow start and underachieved all season, ultimately missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

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