Career Record: 170-160 (.515)
After concluding a tremendous playing career that saw Kirk Gibson as the recepient of an ALCS MVP, NL MVP and Silver Slugger Award, the former Tigers and Dodgers great turned to coaching, joining the Detroit bench in 2003 before transferring to Arizona in 2007.
Named manager in the wake of A.J. Hinch's mid-2010 departure, Kirk Gibson returned to Arizona in 2011 to pick up where he had left off—in 2010, Gibson's Diamondbacks finished dead last in the NL West before turning it all around in 2011 with a first-place 94-68 record. For his efforts, Gibson also received the 2011 NL Manager of the Year Award.
Though the Diamondbacks are presently third in the 2012 NL West, their recent pre-All-Star 3-1 series win over the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers has proven Arizona's meddle and determination to compete this season.
Just four games back of L.A. and 3.5 behind the equally-sputtering San Francisco Giants, the Diamondbacks are just one game below .500 and in excellent position to make a second-half push akin to last year's.
Nonetheless, Gibson is missing just one thing that separates himself from the greatest manager in franchise history.