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Gibson Visits Suns as Training Camp Tips Off

NL Manager of the Year Kirk Gibson stopped by the first day of Suns training camp.
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By Stefan Swiat,
Posted: Dec. 10, 2011

If you are judged by the company that you keep, then the Suns are in good shape. Arizona Diamondbacks manager and former MLB All-Star Kirk Gibson stopped by the first day of training camp Saturday, visiting with Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry for some time before practice.

Gibson, who played 17 solid MLB seasons and was the National League’s Manager of the Year this past year, also chit-chatted with two-time MVP Steve Nash before practice. Although Gibson’s squad was all about driving in runs and Gentry’s club is focused on driving through defenses, there are common goals between the two.

The former 1988 NL MVP was appointed the interim manager of the D-backs in 2010 before taking over as the permanent skipper for the 2011 season. Gibson took over a team that was struggling, only to lead them to a 94-68 record.

The D-backs were a feisty team that scrapped and clawed their way to the NLDS before losing a hard-fought series to the Brewers. Not a team littered with All-Stars, the Suns will probably utilize a similar mentality anchored around chemistry, wits and hustle to become a playoff team once again.

It was a theme that registered with the team during the 2009-10 season. All that did was pay off in run to the Western Conference Finals.

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