Skip to content

Tony La Russa defends the Dbacks’ plunking of Andrew McCutchen. And it’s ridiculous.

Aug 6, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

Tony La Russa AP

Tony La Russa was asked about the Dbacks-McCutchen affair. Tony La Russa, it seems, wants to blame the victim. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports:

“I don’t see where the Diamondbacks should catch all this (expletive) they’re catching,” La Russa said . . . La Russa believes the Pirates were still responsible regardless of intent.

The crux of his argument lies in what he believes to be the Pirates’ pitching philosophy. They don’t just pitch inside, La Russa said. They pitch up and in. And by choosing to do so, they have to live with the consequences.

Which is idiotic baloney. Since when are there consequences for accidents? And indeed, the hitting of Paul Goldschmidt was clearly an accident and there is no one in their right mind who can say it wasn’t. To claim, then, that the Pirates were to blame for this is nonsensical.

If, however, his view is that the mere fact of pitching up and in is the offense — not hitting Goldschmidt – then congratulations, Tony, you have added yet another page to the overflowing Unwritten Rules Book you authored when you were manager of the Cardinals. Thou Shalt Not Pitch Up and In can go right next to Thou Shalt Not Be Angry With Oneself For Messing Up and It Is Perfectly Alright For Pitchers To Shout Expletives At Hitters When They Do Not Succeed. There are scores of others too. They make no sense and are often contradictory, but the common thread is that whatever team Tony La Russa happens to be working for at the time is correct and the other team is disrespectful and wrong.

This is pure bull and La Russa either knows it is or thinks we’re all idiots. Or maybe both. I have no idea. All I do know is that Major League Baseball’s failure to discipline Randall Delgado or Kirk GIbson over Saturday’s incident is a disgrace.

105 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. randomjoeblow - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    It’s weird — it’s kind of like pitchers protecting their own players getting hit by a pitch hasn’t existed for the entire time baseball has been played..

  2. pnelelm - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    I think both sides have contributed to this. As has been pointed out, the Pirates lead MLB in HBP. That philosophy contributed to pitching inside against Goldy even in a blowout. I also think that the Pirates expected retaliation after the news came out that Goldschmidt was hurt. However, don’t wait until Cutch’s 5th AB and try twice to hit him. So if TLR’s point is that pitching inside leads to hit batters, leads to injuries, leads to retaliation; I don’t agree with that stance, but I understand it’s part of the game. BUT, I think everybody would have less of a problem if they had just plunked Cutch in the 1st.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Patience finally paying off for Royals fans
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (3189)
  2. G. Stanton (2320)
  3. C. Kershaw (2278)
  4. D. Ortiz (2269)
  5. N. Arenado (2206)
  1. J. Hamilton (2197)
  2. A. Rizzo (2155)
  3. M. Trout (2068)
  4. A. Pujols (1866)
  5. H. Ryu (1810)