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
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.