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D-backs GM Towers' Comments Spark Controversy

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks organization is not happy after a second straight .500 win season. General manager Kevin Towers is furious, and went public with his feelings, only to receive very negative feedback.

Towers was particularly upset about a loss to the Dodgers in September, when the Dodgers smugly chowed down bananas after hitting multiple home runs.

"I was sitting behind home plate that game and when it showed up on the Diamondvision of stuffing bananas down their throats, I felt like we were a punching bag. Literally, if I would have had a carton of baseballs I would have fired them into the dugout from where I was sitting behind home plate. That's not who we are as Diamondbacks, that's not how -- I mean, it's a reflection on Gibby, on myself, on our entire organization. They slapped us around and we took it.

He went on to say, "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. Probably a week later Goldy 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."

The Diamondbacks front office has been making a point to the managers and players that they need to either toughen up or get out. Dbacks Pitching coach Charles Nagy was fired on Tuesday.

Towers has been receiving a lot of criticism from several media outlets, including NBC SportsESPN, and the LA Times. Many analysts have been pointing to Towers as the real problem, citing a lack of talent.

Towers has been blaming the Diamondbacks' struggles on lack of toughness, but the biggest problem may be him.


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