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

Updated: November 11, 2006, 3:29 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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