Los Angeles (AFP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks sacked general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale on Monday a day after the team finished its losing 69-93 season.
Stewart's dismissal ends a two-year reign at the Diamondbacks. Stewart appointed Hale a few weeks after his appointment in 2014.
The duo started brightly, improving to 79 wins in 2015, up from 64 the previous year.
But the team's development stalled this season, and despite the acquisitions of pitcher Zack Greinke and 2015 All-Star pitcher Shelby Miller, was never in contention for a playoff berth.
"We are very grateful to Dave and Chip who are widely respected throughout the game of baseball," Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said in a statement.
"Ultimately, the results have not been what we had hoped and while that responsibility is shared by all of us, we have decided that a change is necessary."
The organization was still assessing the future role of chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, Hall added.
"We are still discussing what the appropriate role for Tony La Russa will be moving forward," he said.