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|Posted: Wed Apr 26th, 2017 02:52 am||
|The Arizona Diamondbacks' surprisingly strong start to the season has begun to turn heads, and former general manager Dave Stewart believes he deserves some credit.
Stewart was relieved of his duties in September after two years at the helm and was replaced by Mike Hazen. Stewart was the catalyst behind the Zack Greinke signing as well as the audacious trade that sent Dansby Swanson to the Atlanta Braves for Shelby Miller.
Although he said at the time of his dismissal he had better things to do, the vindicated Stewart appears to be seeking some recognition for the club's early success.
"This means a lot to me because this is the same team, or very close to the one that I put on the field," Stewart said, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
"So basically all of those guys and baseball analysts who said I didn’t know what I was doing, it showed I knew exactly what I was doing. Everybody was just beat up and not living up to expectations.
So all of a sudden, it’s my fault. Well, it’s not my fault. I couldn’t prevent injuries or jump in their bodies to make them pitch better in the starting rotation. We put the right people on the field. So I don’t think anybody should be surprised how well those kids are playing. They’re healthy now. I knew this was going to happen. Everyone should have seen it coming."
Despite Stewart claiming the credit, he did inherit a team in 2014 already with Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, Robbie Ray, and Patrick Corbin.
He subsequently decided to trade Ender Inciarte - a great defensive outfielder - as part of the Miller deal, and got rid of Mark Trumbo and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson in separate trades.
Under Stewart and manager Chip Hale's guidance, the Diamondbacks went 148-176.