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Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers talks about “blame”

Sep 6, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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General manager Kevin Towers got a lot of praise earlier this season when the Diamondbacks were in first place, but now that they’ve fallen well behind the Dodgers and nearly out of the playoff picture “blame” is a popular discussion topic in Arizona.

Here’s what the GM told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic:

People always wonder, who are you going to blame? Is it the manager? Is it the players? Is it the GM? To me, it’s the organization. It’s all of us. There’s areas where we could all be better. I’m sure there are things that [manager Kirk Gibson] could do differently, will do differently, to make him better. The players, same way. Myself, there’s probably moves or things that if I had to do it over again, I’d do it differently.

It’s worth noting that the Diamondbacks are 71-68, so it’s hardly been a disastrous season, and they’re on pace to be a handful of games better than last year. Still, the Dodgers’ amazing surge combined with the Diamondbacks going 41-44 since June 1 has the heat rising and Towers hasn’t said for certain that Gibson will be back in 2014.

  1. raysfan1 - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Not enough grit and WTW, clearly.

    • ezthinking - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Amen.

      Too much grit and not enough talent.

  2. Caught Looking - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Who’s to blame for trading away Max Scherzer?

    • zzalapski - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      They did get one great and two decent years of Ian Kennedy out of that deal, so it’s not like they got robbed blind. Still, the D-backs probably would like to have that one back.

      Also, Josh Byrnes was the Arizona GM who traded Scherzer.

      • fatediesel - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        The D-Backs also got Edwin Jackson in the trade, and while he was never great he did pitch the second no-hitter in D-Backs history.

  3. Joe - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Prado’s got more RBI than Upton, so that deal seems to have worked out.

    • misterj167 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      On the other hand, Chris Johnson is leading the NL in batting. J-Up is streaky, question is how he’ll do in the playoffs, because unlike the D’Backs, the Braves are headed there.

      • nsauser - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Again, another suspect roster move. I suppose hindsight is 20/20 but don’t you think the Dbacks would like Chris Johnson at 3B? Prado does play half the positions on the field but for $11 million a year!?!?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      LOL @ the RBI arguement

  4. hildezero - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    @ezthinking,

    Seems to me that you’re not even easy thinking. The D-backs are a very talented team. I blame Gibby for this collapse.

    • ezthinking - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Yeah, Gibby’s AB in the 5th killed that 4-run rally last night.

  5. losanginsight - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    The Dodgers are too blame, too good from top to bottom. Maybe a little more grit would help or trading away another good player.

    • biasedhomer - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      The drop off between Upton and Prado isn’t much (not surprising considering how overrated he is). Even with Upton the DBacks wouldn’t be in 1st place.

  6. NatsLady - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    The Nats are 71-68, too, but apparently that IS a disaster…

    Expectations. The D-Backs, despite the early success, are finishing about where they were projected to finish.

  7. hildezero - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    @ezthinking,

    How does last night have to do with the last few months? So you talk about that game, but you don’t talk about other games? Maybe like the games against the Blue Jays…

  8. tedwest - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    While there’s blame to spread around, the senile old fool who manages the teams owns most of it. He’s lost at least a dozen games all by himself, and has nearly given away a dozen others. I’d say half their extra inning games are one’s Gibson had caused through inaction and wrong moves. And when you get into analyzing individual situations, his blunders are endless. Example: you’ve got the fastest guy in the world and you leave him standing on first base. Or you play Crap-glorious instead of Bloomquist. Or you play Davidson at all… your turn…

    • nsauser - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      You are right about Gibby’s decision making. In my comment below I say that the bullpen is awful and I stand by that comment but they aren’t putting the relief guys in situations where they can succeed. I know the role of a relief pitcher is to come in and put out fires but there have been too many times this year where they have left the starter in way tooooo long and then the bullpen gets the blame.

      I’ve never thought Gibby has been able to manage a pitching staff. Maybe he should hire another of his cronies in Jack Morris as pitching coach.

  9. nsauser - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    So is Towers talking about the Heath Bell deal? Man was that one bad. He has tried to revamp the bullpen and its still awful.

    If Gibby comes back then I think he needs to make some coaching changes. I’ve always been in favor of having guys like Trammel and Baylor on staff but maybe the approach these guys are taking isn’t working. They’ll have to be creative with dollars and the roster if they are going to challenge the Dodgers in the years to come.

  10. notsofast10 - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I blame it on that Dan Haren trade……….ah never mind!

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