Found October 09, 2013 on Baseball Hot Corner:
Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers is not happy with the fight his team showed, or didn’t show, this year and didn’t hold back the frustration on radio with Arizona Sports 620′s Burns and Gambo on Tuesday. The main area Towers was upset about this season was the Diamondbacks lack of support for a teammate getting hit by a pitch. Towers specifically mentions a moment from a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 9 at Dodgers stadium. In the game the Dodgers hit six home runs including three by Juan Uribe. Watching his team get beat sideways was just what started his frustration. With the game getting out of hand, the Dodgers celebration in the dugout grew with each homer. Towers watched from his seat behind home plate, where he often sits with Dennis Gilbert, as Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig fed Uribe a banana after coming in the dugout from one of his homers. “Literally, if I would have had a carton of baseballs I would have fired them into the dugout from where I was ...

D-backs GM promises an 'eye for an eye' for beanings, disrespect

The Arizona Diamondbacks were not happy last month when the Dodgers celebrated in their pool, and that is just one of several incidents that infuriated general manager Kevin Towers. Aside from the pool party, Towers spoke with Arizona Sports specifically…Read more →

On second thought, Towers clarifies 'eye-for-eye' remarks

PHOENIX -- Beanballs, of course not. Uncomfortable at-bats? You betcha. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has emphasized a need for his pitchers to throw inside the last two times he has talked in a group setting. Nothing new there. But Towers admitted Wednesday that he could have phrased himself differently on his radio show Tuesday. This is what Towers said in a radio...

D-Backs GM lashes out at pitchers

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers wants everybody to know that he's a tough guy and he won't put up with anything other than an "eye for an eye" mentality, specifically on the mound. On Tuesday, Towers went on Arizona Sports 620's "Burns and Gambo" radio show and expressed displeasure for his pitchers' lack of grit. He felt his...

Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers: Our pitchers need to retaliate, hit more batters

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is not happy with his team’s 81-81 season. Most GMs are frustrated after missing the playoffs, but Towers seems a bit more irritated than others. He wants his team to be tougher. And what does he mean by that? They have to start hitting more batters and stop eating […]

Diamondbacks General Manager Wants Team to Embrace ‘Eye for an Eye’ Mentality

It’s safe to assume that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers was not a fan of the Dodgers’ desert pool party. During an interview with Arizona Sports 620′s Burns and Gambo on Tuesday, Towers lamented the D-backs’ lack of fight and toughness after an 81-81 finish left them as playoff outsiders. He pointed to another run-in with the Dodgers as an example, when Los Angeles...

Bill Plaschke moralizes over the Kevin Towers, forgets that he called for beanball wars himself

Most seem to hate it when Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times gets up on his moralizing perch to crow about something or other, partially because it’s so smug and holier-than-thou in execution but also partially because he’s wildly inconsistent and regularly hypocritical. The latter reason is something that was especially noticeable today, as he riffed on Kevin Towers‘ comments...

D-Backs GM Kevin Towers says team needs to hit more batters, calls Kirk Gibson soft, throws tantrum

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have had a ‘lively’ rivalry of late, especially in 2013, but D-Backs GM Kevin Towers has decided to try and take things to the next level by saying a bunch of dumb stuff, including chastising his pitchers for not hitting enough players, inferring Kirk Gibson and the coaching staff was soft, and that Charles Nagy was fired partially because he wouldn’t...

Kevin Towers wants the D-Backs to throw at more batters

Remember back in June, when Ian Kennedy started a huge brawl between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers by hitting Zack Greinke near the head? It turns out Arizona GM Kevin Towers wants to see more of that. Speaking to Arizona Sports 620 yesterday, Towers recalled a September game in which the Dodgers hit six home runs against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field (before PoolGate ever happened...

Nagy and Sax let go by Arizona

The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Charles Nagy and first base coach Steve Sax. The team announced Tuesday that manager Kirk Gibson and the rest of his staff will return for next season. Nagy, a three-time All-Star in 14 seasons in the majors, had been Arizona's pitching coach the past three seasons. Sax, a five-time All-Star in 14 big-league seasons, returned...

LINK: Kevin Towers Makes Embarrassing Comments

I’m just going to leave this here, sans commentary. But, uhh, MLB should probably do something about this. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has not shied away from venting frustration about his team’s lack of fight. Towers has pointed to many instances where his pitchers did not hit a member of the other team after a perceived slight or beaning of a D-back....

Arizona Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Charles Nagy

The Diamondbacks on Monday made the first of what could be multiple changes to their coaching staff by dismissing pitching coach Charles Nagy. The club did not confirm the move; the team is expected to announce changes to the staff sometime this week. When reached for comment Nagy responded with a text message that read “All I would say is thank you to the Diamondback organization...

D-backs fire coaches Nagy and Sax

The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Charles Nagy and first base coach Steve Sax. The team announced Tuesday that manager Kirk Gibson and the rest of his staff will return for next season. Nagy, a three-time All-Star in 14 seasons in the majors, had been Arizona's pitching coach the past three seasons. Sax, a five-time All-Star in 14 big-league seasons, returned...

D-Backs GM advocates intentional beanings, 'eye for an eye' mentality

The Diamondbacks became something of a punchline last offseason as GM Kevin Towers and his coaching staff made it clear they were emphasizing "gritty" and "high-energy" players. The Justin Upton-Martin Prado trade stands out the most but the Chris Young and Stephen Drew deals were also byproducts of the team's philosophy. Apparently grit and energy aren&...

Willie Bloomquist has to dress like leprechaun after losing bet

Arizona Diamondbacks teammates Willie Bloomquist and AJ Pollock placed a friendly wager over the weekend. Bloomquist played his college ball at Arizona State. Pollock played his at Notre Dame. You can probably see where this is headed. On Saturday, Notre Dame beat No. 22 Arizona State in an exciting 37-24 game at a neutral site […]

Report: D-backs part ways with pitching coach Nagy

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks' coaching changes started Monday, when pitching coach Charles Nagy was relieved of his duties, according to Other moves will follow, sources said. Among the possibilities: Third base coach Matt Williams is believed to be a candidate for the vacant managerial job with the Nationals. Nagy joined manager Kirk Gibson's staff in 2011...
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