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Updated Feb 26, 2014 - 9:44 am

D-backs GM Kevin Towers: Players should handle on-field business

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, left, and general manager Kevin Towers ride to the practice fields during the teams' first baseball spring training workout, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

If you wanted to describe the relationship between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, you could do it with one word.


There were fans being asked to change their clothes, bean balls, bench-clearing brawls, shows of disrespect, and a celebration that may have crossed over the lines of good taste (and sanitation, for that matter.)

Late in the season, on their way to the National League West crown, the Dodgers crushed the Diamondbacks 8-1, hitting six home runs in the process. There was plenty of celebration by the Dodgers in their home park, and very little in terms of fight shown by their Sedona Red-clad opponents.

This irked general manager Kevin Towers, and he vented his frustration on the airwaves of Arizona Sports.

"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."

The veteran GM also stated that he wasn't a fan of how D-backs pitchers didn't retaliate in times when Arizona batters were hit by pitches.

Towers was on the air again Wednesday morning -- the same day the Diamondbacks begin their 2014 Cactus League schedule. The opponent? The Los Angeles Dodgers.

Is there unfinished business between the two teams? More to the point, will the bad blood between the two franchises linger into a new season, and should the D-backs be the ones to plunk an opposing hitter, like Yasiel Puig, for instance?

"I don't think the front office should be ordering players to plunk other players," Towers told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "I think baseball players are smart, they're aware of situations.

"To me, if business is warranted on the field, let the players take care of it."

Including Spring Training, the D-backs and Dodgers will meet 22 times this season, including a regular-season opening two-game set in Australia in late March.

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School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers


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