7/2 Congrats to Gibson

Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell awoke to the news that his former teammate, Kirk Gibson, was the new manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“He’s wants to do this,” Trammell said of Gibson, who takes over for A.J. Hinch. “Hopefully, it works out well for him. There’s a lot on his plate. He gets to sit on that seat — and I’m smiling, I know. Any manager who has ever done it before knows it’s totally different when you’re the man in charge.

“That being said, I don’t know anybody I’ve been around, played with, coached with, who has more energy or the intensity level that he brings, which I think is good,” Trammell said. “I do believe he’s prepared now. He’s coached long enough that he’s prepared. There’s a lot going on but he’s not afraid to make decisions. That’s one thing he’s very good at. I wish him the best of luck — except for next week when we play them.”

Trammell and the Cubs face the D-backs for a three-game series starting Monday in Phoenix.

– Carrie Muskat

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