Gibson signs 2-year deal to be Arizona's bench coach

PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibson joined the Arizona Diamondbacks on
Friday, agreeing to a two-year contract to become the bench coach.

The 49-year-old Gibson replaces Jay Bell, who stepped down after
last season.

Gibson, who hit 255 home runs during his major league career,
served as bench coach for the Detroit Tigers from 2003-05 under
then-manager Alan Trammell.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin was a teammate of Gibson's and
Trammell's in Detroit in 1985.

Gibson played 12 of his 17 years in the majors with the Tigers
and helped lead them to a World Series title in 1984.

He also was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1988
championship team, hitting a dramatic two-run, pinch-hit homer with
two outs in the ninth inning off Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley to
win Game 1 of the World Series that year.