A.J. Hinch had no business being an MLB manager.
He would have driven the 1927 Yankees into the cellar (okay, maybe not).
But a 31-47 record in 2010 with a team that didn't respect him as far as they could throw him marked the end of his tenure in Arizona.
Now the D-Backs are left with three possible options for the team's next skipper: hire a coaching veteran, a former player, or an in-house assistant.
Current analyst for ESPN, and former skipper of the Rangers and Mets, Valentine is well respected around baseball as a players' manager.
In 2000, he even led New York to the National League pennant.
Now, after eight years away from an MLB dugout, Valentine is looking to get back into the game.
Just last week he was considered a top candidate for the Florida Marlins' coaching vacancy, a job that Valentine eventually turned down.
With the D-Backs, the veteran manager would bring instant credibility and demand respect from a young team that hasn't had to answer to anyone in over a year.
A member of the 2001 World Series Championship team, Grace is the current color commentator for the D-Backs' telecasts.
Hugely popular around Arizona, Grace was an excellent baseball player in his 16-year MLB career with the Cubs and D-Backs.
A career .303 hitter, the first baseman had 2,445 hits (one of which was a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Seven of the 2001 World Series against Mariano Rivera).
Although he is unproven, Grace has the qualifications Hinch never had.
Baseball players respect other baseball players.
I don't believe what I just saw!
Yeah, he's that Kirk Gibson.
A bench coach under Hinch, Gibson was named intern manager after the Thursday firing.
A hard-nosed man with a baseball mind to put Joe Torre to shame, the former player would bring accountability to the organization that has been missing for years.
I wouldn't want a roundhouse kick to the face from this guy—forget about it.