Kirk Gibson’s eye-for-an-eye policy(or, if you prefer, Andrew McCutcheon for Paul Goldschmidt) has left the Diamondbacks manager and GM Kevin Towers the subjects of widespread ridicule, to which club Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa (above) declaring, “I don’t see where we should catch all this shit”. From the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro :
La Russa, who made no secret of doling out retribution during his time as a major-league manager, said he didn’t know if Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado intentionally threw at McCutchen.
“Who’s got a mind reader?” said La Russa, “I don’t know that Delgado — he got the ball inside. I’m very careful when I say I know. If I don’t know, I don’t know.”
Holding a stat sheet, La Russa pointed out the Pirates have hit 61 batters, the most in the league, while the Diamondbacks have hit just 32. La Russa also downplayed Towers’ comments from the offseason, saying the GM was just saying his team needed to pitch inside more often.
“That’s why I think it’s unfair,” he said. “I think it will continue to be unfair because I don’t think this message will get out.”
Gibson had no interest in discussing the topic.
“I’ve been in the game since 1978, and I know a lot of people have a lot of opinions about a lot of people,” he said. “And there are probably people who talk about you behind your back, too. I don’t really get involved with it.”