New Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale shares his philosophies about on-field retaliation
For the last two seasons, seemingly the most prevalent story line surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks was the retaliation theory of “an eye for an eye.”
In 2013, then-general manager Kevin Towers made it perfectly clear what the organization’s attitude was when it came to defending players who had been hit by an opposing pitcher.
After a game late in the season when All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch, Towers made national headlines with what he told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
“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,” he said.
Fast forward to October, 2014. Towers is no longer the general manager as Dave Stewart was tabbed for the position in September. Manager Kirk Gibson was fired and the Diamondbacks named Chip Hale as his replacement Monday.