Diamondbacks fire manager Bob Melvin

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PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks are expected to announce their replacement for fired manager Bob Melvin at a Chase Field news conference this afternoon.

It's expected to be A.J. Hinch, their 34-year-old vice president for player development. Hinch is a former major league catcher with no professional managerial experience.

3TV's Brad Cesmat first broke the news of Melvin's much-speculated departure on Wednesday evening.

Melvin's firing comes after a disappointing start by the Diamondbacks, who are 8 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

The 47-year-old Melvin was hired in 2005 and went 337-340 with Arizona.

He was named NL Manager of the Year after leading the D-backs to the division title in 2007.

Melvin came to Arizona after a two-year stint in Seattle, where he went 156-168.

He had one year left on his D-backs contract.

The D-backs lost 4-3 in 10 innings at San Diego yesterday and open a six-game homestand tongiht against the Washington Nationals.

Original report: Melvin no longer manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX - Bob Melvin is out as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

3TV's Brad Cesmat first broke the news of Melvin's much-speculated departure on Wednesday evening.

3TV obtained exclusive pictures of the team arriving in Phoenix Thursday night but Melvin was not seen. The news of Melvin's ouster from the Diamondbacks broke while the team was on its way home from San Diego.

After the loss on Thursday in San Diego, two different sources inside the D-backs organization said the manager was let go.

The Diamondbacks have been underperforming this season with a record of 12-17. They are nine games back from the Dodgers.

It is no secret Melvin was on the hot seat and the team was not waiting until they got back to the Valley to let him go.

3TV also learned Rick Shu, the Diamondbacks hitting coach, was also fired and Bryan Price, the D-backs pitching coach, has quit.

3TV's Brad Cesmat also reports that A.J. Hinch will be the new Diamondbacks manager.