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D-Backs players stand up for manager Kirk Gibson, GM Kevin Towers

Apr 26, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

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Following Tuesday’s loss to the Cubs, the Diamondbacks fell to 5-18, worst in baseball. They had lost 10 of their previous 11 games and had the worst run differential in baseball, by far, at -62.

They are now on a three-game winning streak, but still have a .663 OPS which ranks in the bottom-third of the National League. Their 6.49 rotation ERA is by far the worst, and the 21 errors they’ve committed ties for the third-worst in the league.

Knowing that, it’s not surprising that the D-Backs players stood up for manager Kirk Gibson and GM Kevin Towers as they faced increased scrutiny with the awful start. Via Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona:

“The kind of start we got off to, I don’t know if you can explain it other than we have just played horribly,”  veteran third baseman Eric Chavez said. “It’s completely on the players. We take full responsibility for our lack of production on the field. We have to get it done in here, in this clubhouse.”

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“I think sometimes there is too much blame that goes in other directions. You have to look at the players, because they are the ones who are playing,” Chavez said. “The numbers don’t lie. Whatever categories we are falling into has nothing to do with ‘Gibby’ or anybody. If somebody wants to pass that on” and blame someone else, “there is going to be some issues with that, because you have to look at yourself as a player.”

Chavez wasn’t the only one to speak up. Catcher Miguel Montero said that blame shouldn’t be cast on Gibson and Towers because “they don’t play the game for us”. Second baseman Aaron Hill said he and his teammates shouldn’t be pressing as much. Although their players came to their defense, Towers’ and Gibson’s seats should continue to be hot for the duration of the season. Non-player personnel are always the first to go when a team doesn’t live up to expectations.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Gritty

  2. luz56 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Great group of stand up gritty guys…all brought in by KT and Gibson.. Did you expect them to say anything different??

  3. tedwest - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Good column, though entirely too objective. Each D’back manager is worst than the last, which means each manager is the worst there ever was. Gibbon proves a chimp is more savvy. Just seeing him walk to the mound is a disgrace, and it’s usually after he’s already given the game away.

  4. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    It’ shame the players won’t actually play better for them. But with the D-backs, it grit that counts not talent.

  5. zdravit - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Yes, it’s completely on the players. The mediocre players that Towers accumulated in another horrendous offseason. Time to go.

  6. genericcommenter - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    It’s definitely on the players. As long as they can hobble out there and have 1 working limb they need to get it done, or they have no business in the majors.

  7. sburns20 - Apr 27, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Towers need to be canned before he does more damage like trading upton for a utility infielder, trading Bauer, Skaggs, and Parker. Sure could of used some of that pitching now.

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