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Monday, April 20, 2009
Time for a change in Arizona?

Pinto on the amazing fading Diamondbacks: I'm not going to suggest that the Diamondbacks might not benefit from a new manager. I will point out, though:

1. It seems to have been the front office that gave up on Quentin, which became obvious the moment Eric Byrnes got his big contract extension (which as you might recall, didn't make much sense at the time).

2. One year ago, the Diamondbacks got off to a fantastic start -- 20-8 at the end of April -- mostly because their young players (as I recall) were putting up fantastic numbers. Do 12 games this April tell us more about Bob Melvin's impact than 28 games last April?

In the absence of easily identifiable mistakes -- say, the sort that Trey Hillman makes every few days -- I'm going to give Melvin the benefit of the doubt for now, and assume that the front office will be ready to make a move if it seems that Melvin has lost the clubhouse.