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Diamondbacks GM puts pitchers on alert

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Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers wants his pitchers to show more fight in the future.

Towers told Arizona Sports 620 on Tuesday -- after Diamondbacks pitching coach Charles Nagy was fired -- that he expects pitchers to defend teammates when necessary by throwing at opponents. Those who don't will be looking for work elsewhere.

"Some of them, contractually, it's tough to move," Towers said. "But I think come spring training, it will be duly noted that it's going to be an eye for an eye and we're going to protect one another.

"If not, if you have options, there's ways to get you out of here and if you don't follow suit or you don't feel comfortable doing it, you probably don't belong in a Diamondbacks uniform."

Towers emphasized that he doesn't want anyone to get hurt, but he does want a pitching coach who will inspire the staff more than Nagy did. The Diamondbacks finished with an 81-81 record this season.

"Somebody that knows mechanics, somebody that can supply leadership, somebody who is not afraid to chew a little rear end when it needs to be done," Towers said. "And somebody that will communicate well in-game."

Towers pointed to a Sept. 9 game when the Los Angeles Dodgers hit six home runs in an 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

"I was sitting behind home plate that game, and when it showed up on the Diamondvision of (Dodgers players) stuffing bananas down their throats, I felt like we were a punching bag," Towers said. "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. ... They slapped us around, and we took it."

Towers also mentioned another incident about 10 days later when Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch and Diamondbacks pitchers failed to respond.

"It's like, 'Wait a minute,'" Towers said. "If Goldy's getting hit, it's an eye for an eye. Somebody's going down, or somebody's going to get jackknifed."
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