Tempers flared between a pair of competitive managers on Monday over the use of the designated hitter.
The Reds traveled to Scottsdale for a friendly spring training affair against the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields. They were subsequently handed a 7-2 defeat to drop their record to a dismal 2-10 on the spring. However, the biggest story from this contest came before the first pitch was even thrown.
Reds skipper Dusty Baker wanted to use the DH so that he could insert Shin-Soo Choo to the batting lineup, who has missed a few days due to an ailing right quad muscle. But Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson wasn't having it. He wanted his starting pitcher to hit, instead. Arizona wanted right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who has spent his entire career in the AL where pitchers don't usually hit, to get some batting experience during a game.
At the exchange of lineup cards, there were reportedly intense words said between the two managers. Gibson offered to shake hands with Bake...