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Diamondbacks GM Towers wants his pitchers to retaliate against opposing hitters

Kevin Towers wants to see the Diamondback pitchers protect their teammates. (Norm Hall/Getty Images) Kevin Towers wants to see the Diamondback pitchers protect their teammates. (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Kevin Towers is fed up with his team's lack of fight, and he's voicing his displeasure.

In an interview with ArizonaSports.com on Tuesday, the Diamondbacks general manager said there were too many times this season his pitchers didn't retaliate to a slight from the other team.

"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," Towers told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo about a blowout loss to the Dodgers in September in which L.A. hit six home runs. "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. ... They slapped us around and we took it."

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Towers spoke with the coaches after the game but didn't see the changes he wanted.

"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," he said. "Probably a week later Goldy (Paul Goldschmidt) 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."

Towers made a point to say that pitchers shouldn't intentionally try to hurt anyone, but they need to understand the responsibility of protecting teammates. He added that the onus falls on the coaches to impart that wisdom on young players — something pitching coach Charles Nagy apparently didn't do, as he was fired on Monday.

The complete interview with Towers can be heard here.

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