Posted October 09, 2013

Diamondbacks GM Towers wants his pitchers to retaliate against opposing hitters

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Kevin Towers wants to see the Diamondback pitchers protect their teammates. (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Kevin Towers wants to see the Diamondback pitchers protect their teammates. (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Kevin Towers is fed up with his team’s lack of fight, and he’s voicing his displeasure.

In an interview with ArizonaSports.com on Tuesday, the Diamondbacks general manager said there were too many times this season his pitchers didn’t retaliate to a slight from the other team.

“I was sitting behind home plate that game and when it showed up on the Diamondvision of stuffing bananas down their throats, I felt like we were a punching bag,” Towers told Arizona Sports 620′s Burns and Gambo about a blowout loss to the Dodgers in September in which L.A. hit six home runs. “Literally, if I would have had a carton of baseballs I would have fired them into the dugout from where I was sitting behind home plate.

“That’s not who we are as Diamondbacks. … They slapped us around and we took it.”

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Towers spoke with the coaches after the game but didn’t see the changes he wanted.

“You’d think the GM comes down and makes it a point to talk to the staff about it that at we need to start protecting our own and doing things differently,” he said. “Probably a week later Goldy (Paul Goldschmidt) gets dinged, and no retaliation. It’s like ‘wait a minute.’

“Not that I don’t take any of our guys from a lesser standpoint, but if Goldy’s getting hit, it’s an eye for an eye, somebody’s going down or somebody’s going to get jackknifed.”

Towers made a point to say that pitchers shouldn’t intentionally try to hurt anyone, but they need to understand the responsibility of protecting teammates. He added that the onus falls on the coaches to impart that wisdom on young players — something pitching coach Charles Nagy apparently didn’t do, as he was fired on Monday.

The complete interview with Towers can be heard here.

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11 comments
John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Your team finished at .500, and you're worried about "retaliation"? You haven't won a playoff series in a dozen years and you're worried about "who you are as Diamondbacks"?

Maybe you should be more concerned with, you know, winning games. You want to "retaliate" against some other team? Then win the game! You want to "send a message" to a hitter who admired a home run? Then get him out! 

Across all team sports, the team with the best players wins about 80% of the time. So whose job is it to get those players? Well, that would be you, Mr. GM. But instead, you're concerning yourself with silly playground antics.

Win some games and you won't need to worry about "an eye for an eye."

Victory is always the sweetest revenge.

FifthInTheOrder
FifthInTheOrder

Did Towers ever play professional ball?

Too late for complaints now, it's mid-october, well after your team lost the lead in the division.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Towers is absolutely correct. I saw this happen in DC all too often with the pitchers not protecting Harper.

Michael10
Michael10

What I wouldn't give to see Puig crowd Gibby's or Pedro's plate, or Greinke plunk Andre Dawson or Carlton Fisk. Too many overprotected crybabies on the field today. I'll bet Nolan Ryan could still lick every one of 'em...

MikeKing
MikeKing

I have no problem with this philosophy.  If a player is thrown at and you think it is intentional, then you better go back after a star player on the other side.  Again not to injure them, but a 90 mph fast ball in the ribs sends a good message.  

Frank14
Frank14

with this idiot leading the charge, where would we expect the diamondbacks to be in 2014?

Harpoontang
Harpoontang

Stats for 2013 show Arizona 8th out of 30 in hitting the opponents batters.  And none of the 7 teams above them are in the NL West SF at 16, LA at 24, San Diego at 28 and Colorado at 29.  NL team average is 53 and DBacks are at 60.  I know, never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

djson1
djson1

A GM who encourages his pitchers to throw at opposing players because of the "unwritten rules of baseball" is a loser. No wonder this guy never made it out of the farm system. It just goes to show that the D-backs pitchers are more professional and mature than their d-bag GM.  Don't listen to this d-bag, D-backs pitchers!

MrTemecula
MrTemecula

Yup, Towers is a D-Bag. He traded Kennedy who threw at Dodgers, but now he complains? What a loser.