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Diamondbacks' talent is on the coaching staff

March 6, 2011 | 11:11 am

If the Arizona Diamondbacks struggle on the field this season the way they did last summer -- their 65-97 record was the second worst in the National League -- they might give some consideration to letting their coaching staff play.

You could certainly do worse than a six-player core of Manager Kirk Gibson, bench coach Alan Trammell, first-base coach Eric Young, third-base coach Matt Williams, pitching coach Charles Nagy and hitting coach Don Baylor. Those players combined for 102 years of big-league experience, making 16 All-Star teams, winning eight Gold Glove awards, a pair of league MVPs and two postseason MVP awards.

Compare that with the Angels staff, where Manager Mike Scioscia and first base coach Alfredo Griffin combined to make three All-Star teams. Only three other coaches played more than 12 games in the majors.

-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.