D-Backs aim to improve as core remains intact

D-Backs aim to improve as core remains intact

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D-Backs aim to improve as core remains intact

Following another disappointing season, the Diamondbacks cleaned house once again, bringing in a new group of executives to lead their baseball operations department. But for as little as the new front office, led by General Manager Mike Hazen, might seem to have in common with the previous regime, headed by Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart, they do appear to align on at least one thing.

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Both believe the Diamondbacks’ core of players is better than last season’s 69-93 record would suggest. And, as such, Hazen chose to keep the group largely intact for 2017, giving the unit what might be one last chance to win together.

“We felt this was a strong club going into last season,” Hazen said. “The main cogs in that club are still here. We feel like with some of the changes we’ve made that, hopefully, if we can do things a little bit differently, like with our ability to pick up the baseball and otherwise, that this team could surprise some people.”

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That’s not to say there won’t be new faces, starting at the top step of the dugout. Hazen, who spent the past 11 years in the Boston organization, brought former Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo with him as manager, replacing Chip Hale.

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