WASHINGTON - The Diamondbacks have a new scouting director. After interviewing nine candidates, general manager Josh Byrnes hired Tom Allison out of the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
“He’ll be terrific,” said Jack Zduriencik, the Brewers’ special assistant to the general manager. “It’s a feather in Josh’s cap . . . to hire him.”
Allison, who’s worked for the Brewers since 1999, was in charge of scouting the western half of the country, though he’s worked everywhere, Zduriencik said.
“He’s smart, articulate and gets along with people,” he said.
Allison replaces Mike Rizzo, who left to take the No. 2 job in the Nationals’ front office.
He played in college for Loyola Marymount (playing in the 1986 College World Series) and Chapman. He played professionally for five years in the Mets’ system and rose as high as Triple-A.
He coached in Double-A, then worked in the Mets’ scouting department.
Byrnes said Allison was highly regarded by “a good cross section of people” and that the more he checked around, “It made it apparent he was the right guy.”
The D-Backs also have agreed to a two-year contract extension for club vice president Bob Gebhard.
D-Backs putting on big league uniforms for the first time Saturday included lefthanded reliever Doug Slaten and catcher Miguel Montero.
They were called up from Triple-A Tucson, as were three more who have seen time with the D-Backs this season: pitchers Greg Aquino and Randy Choate and infielder Andy Green.
Melvin said he expects additional players to be called up once the Sidewinders are finished with the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
The Sidewinders have the best record in the league and start the postseason Wednesday.
Arizona’s previous biggest lead blown in a loss was four, vs. the Los Angeles Angels on June 24. But in that game, the lead was after just five innings (4-0). The Angels came back to win 6-4 in 13 innings. On Saturday, the D-Backs blew a fiverun lead. . . . Alfonso Soriano’s ninth-inning homer in the first game was his 44th of the season. That ties him with Vladimir Guerrero for tops in Washington/ Montreal franchise history in one season and ties for No. 1 with Frank Howard in Washington baseball history. . . . The crowd at the day game was announced at 22,012, but the actual attendance appeared to number fewer than 2,000. . . . Livan Hernandez, who played for the Nationals for nearly two years (he was the opening-day pitcher when baseball returned to Washington in 2005), saluted D.C.-area fans: “It’s a great city. D.C. is in my heart. The fans were my friends. It’s something I’ll never forget.”