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Kevin Towers “clarifies” his comments

Oct 9, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

Kevin Towers reporters

After saying that he, personally, wanted to throw baseballs at Dodgers players as they sat in their dugout and after saying that he was angry that there was no “retaliation” for Diamondbacks players being hit by pitches and that he wanted to see some of it, Kevin Towers has “clarified” his comments:

“I’m not saying hit players on purpose,” Towers said. “I’m saying if our hitters are being made uncomfortable at the plate, we need to be the same way; we need to make the opposing hitters uncomfortable at the plate and pitch in with purpose and take that inner third away. I’m talking about pitching inside effectively with purpose. Sometimes they’re not always strikes, but you pitch in to a hitter to be able to get the slider down and away.

Yeah, a guy who cited “eye for an eye” justice in reference to hit batsmen — someone who said “somebody’s goin’ down” — was really saying “pitch to the inner third.” We just misconstrued him.  I’m sure there is no element of walking back insane comments after people correctly called them insane. And after he probably got a text message from team ownership or the league office or something. Much the way Brian Sabean did a couple of years ago when he made veiled threats to Marlins player Scott Cousins.

In other news: who knew a guy Towers’ age could moonwalk?

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    When I said throw at them, I meant at the head and no where else will be accepted.

  2. losanginsight - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Seems like Kevin has been eating some sour grapes. Arizona should have known not to hire a former Pads GM with no sense of winning. Always next year.

    • ptfu - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      1996, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 say hi. The Padres also won 90 games in 2010 with a team largely built by Towers. In San Diego, Kevin Towers is known as a shoot-from-the-hip guy who spoke from the heart. Good at trades and acquiring useful players from the scrap-heap, less so at building a farm system. Maybe Towers wasn’t the equal of the Great & Powerful Beane, but when the Dbacks hired him he was widely considered to be a perfectly decent GM who made the most of his opportunities.

      I suppose Towers is still shooting from the hip, but this mythos about grit, headhunting, protecting players’ honor or toughness or whatnot is totally new for him. San Diego is as mystified as everyone else about what’s going on in Arizona.

    • Arods Other Doctor - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      I think he is a decent GM (certainly a lot better than the last one) but OMG, more whining is not what this team needs, especially from the top. Kennedy was a moron for throwing at people up high … the Diamondbacks should have realized that and taken their lumps, shut their mouths and focused on improving their team so the Dodgers don’t piss in their pool again next year. Let the opposing team be as classless as they want, take care of your business and do things the right way with your yap closed. As it is, they’re the ones that look like tools, which is really sad when they have some of the classiest individual players in the game.

      And this from a 20-year Phoenix resident.

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Sounds pretty chickenshit.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      He was misconstrued!

      Oh, what a controversy will ensue
      When we first practice to misconstrue.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I’m with Dave Cameron on this, MLB needs to step in here and do something about this situation. You can’t have a GM of a team insisting his players hit the opposing team.

    • paperlions - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      …and appearing to provide that as a reason that the pitching coach was let go and that some players may be traded.

    • Arods Other Doctor - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Someone is going to get really hurt. Some bad pitcher like Kennedy is going to miss even higher than he did and paralyze someone. It’s just stupid.

      • gloccamorra - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        You mean Kennedy WASN’T trying to hit somebody? Well, no WONDER Towers traded him.

      • Arods Other Doctor - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        No, I mean he was trying to hit them but I don’t think he was aiming for the head or neck … coming up that high was just a result of him sucking. If he was trying to do that he’s a total asshole and either way I’m glad he’s gone.

        I tell my teenage boys regularly that they better not ever throw at anyone because a) it’s dumb and b) there is a tendency to overthrow and go high. I don’t care how big a dick the batter is, he doesn’t deserve to get hit in the head. You keep throwing at people and eventually you’re going to seriously hurt someone. Especially a terrible pitcher like Kennedy.

  5. imnotyourbuddyguy - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    MLB’s Greg Williams

  6. kevinbnyc - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Craig, “Jackknifing” is just a gritty term for taking away the inner third of the plate. You’re just not Old School or Blue Collar enough to understand.

  7. adross47 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I miss Jerry Colangelo. The D-backs are probably still paying a salary to Jay Bell and Tony Womack, but at least they won a WS.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Thanks to Randy and Bloody Sock. For a primer on how NOT to do deferred salaries, see the Mets.

  8. imnotyourbuddyguy - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

  9. schm1471 - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I’ve lived in AZ for almost 5 years and have become a quasi-Dbacks fan. Goldy is great to pull for, the defense (particularly Parra) is outstanding, and Brandon McCarthy is one of the smartest people in the game. Even the announcers (Brenly and Berthiaume) are pretty tolerable. But man, Gibson and KT are hard to take. It takes a special kind of insufferable to be a perennially .500 team that everyone hates.

  10. dannymac17 - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Well I am glad he clarified it.

    This guy is a huge tool. He reminds me of former GM of the Chargers AJ Smith.

    Just a slimeball.

  11. paperlions - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    $21,376 at $78/hour = 274 hours of work over one month, which would require working 8.84 hours every single day of a 31 day month or 13.7 hours each day for 4 M-F work weeks.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Amazing. Computer generated spam can’t do math!

  12. lew24 - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Here it goes….I knew it! Like I said in the other post…here comes the “I was misquoted” bull!

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  14. Anoesis - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    clar·i·fy [klar-uh-fahy] verb, clar·i·fied, clar·i·fy·ing.
    verb (used with object) to remove solid matter from (a liquid); to make into a clear or pellucid liquid.

    Good to know Towers filtered out the big chunks and left the pure essence of his argument. Anybody got some air freshener? It still reeks.

  15. jimsjam33 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Too bad he wasn’t in California when he made those terrorists threats to ” Beanball ” the Dodger players . It would only be justice if a warrant was issued in LA for Towers and he was arrested and convicted in Superior Court . Perhaps , he could do his time in Sheriff Arpaio’s fenced in tent city .
    On a more serious note , Mr. Towers you owe everybody in the Dodgers organization an apology for your silly and pompous rant .

  16. jeffbbf - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Just another example on why Scott Boras can beat the crap out of the GMs in MLB.

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