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 bananas in the dugout.
During an interview with Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo on Tuesday, Towers vented about how he wishes his team would show more grit.
“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, via ArizonaSports.com’s Adam Green. “Probably a week later (first baseman 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 did note that he is not saying his pitchers should be looking to injure opponents, though I’m not sure you can plunk someone and be confident you’re not going to hurt them. He says knowing when to retaliate should be an inherent part of the game that players adhere to. He even went so far as to say the organization will be looking to deal players who don’t show toughness.