The Al Pedrique era in Arizona got off to a bad start Friday.
The Diamondbacks will try to give Pedrique his first win as manager when they resume their three-game interleague series with the visiting Minnesota Twins.
Pedrique was named interim manager after Bob Brenly, who led the team to a World Series title in 2001, was fired Friday.
Pedrique, who spent eight seasons managing in the minors before being named third base coach with the Diamondbacks, has a tough job ahead of him, as Arizona is struggling through its worst season since 1998—its first season in the majors. The Diamondbacks snapped an 11-game losing streak on Tuesday.
“I have mixed feelings about the whole situation, because definitely I wanted to manage in the major leagues,” Pedrique said. “But it never crossed my mind that it would be like this.”
Team chairman and chief executive Jerry Colangelo said he thought Pedrique would be the best person to work with the team’s young players. Pedrique managed many of the current Diamondbacks at Triple-A Tucson in 2002 and ’03.
“I think it makes my job a lot easier,” Pedrique said, “knowing that I’ve had those kids in the past—last year, two years ago. They know where I come from. They know I’m an old-school manager.”