Kirk Harold Gibson (born May 28, 1957) is an American former professional baseball player and manager. As a player, Gibson was an outfielder who batted and threw left-handed. He spent most of his career with the Detroit Tigers but also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Gibson is currently a color commentator for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit.
While with the Dodgers, Gibson was was named the National League MVP in 1988. That same season, Gibson hit a walk-off home run off of Dennis Eckersley in game 1 of the 1988 World Series. He was named to the All-Star team twice, in 1985 and 1988, but declined the invitation both times. He announced his retirement from baseball in August 1995.
Following his retirement as a player, he spent five seasons as a television analyst in Detroit, then became a coach for the Tigers in 2003. He became the Diamondbacks' bench coach in 2007, and was promoted to interim manager in 2010 following the midseason dismissal of A. J. Hinch. On October 4, 2010, the Diamondbacks removed the "interim" label, naming Gibson their manager for the 2011 season. Gibson was relieved of his duties as manager on September 26, 2014.
By Dean Hanley
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