I thought it’d be fun to be talk about something other than politics for a change, so what about…baseball?!?
Oh sure, the playoffs are great, but what caught my eye were these nuggets from Kevin Towers, the General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks:
“…, 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.”
“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.”
I’d like it to be noted that intentionally trying to hit a batter with a pitch, regardless of success, is against the rules in baseball and will get a pitcher ejected and suspended. The top baseball man in the Diamondbacks’ organization is saying that he’s going to ask his players to go break the rules and if they’re not willing to do so, they’re going to find themselves on another team.
This is a Very Bad Thing. After “throwing games,” the #1 crime in baseball is “attempting to injure another player.” Yes, it’s worse than steroids. Towers isn’t advocating trying to get an edge to help his team win; his edict requires his players to engage in activity which could seriously injure an opponent to the point where they may never recover.
And, like “throwing games,” it’s cheating in a way that makes your team more likely to lose. Putting a runner on base on purpose just to show how tough your team is will lose you games.
So, yes, this is worse than anything that Alex Rodriguez has ever done. A-Rod got a 1 1/2 suspension. If I’m the Commissioner of Baseball (and, I urge you to note, I’m not), I suspend Towers for a minimum of one year for his comments. I’d rather it be a lifetime ban, but there’s no precedent for it.
If I’m the owner of the Diamondbacks, I’ve fired Towers already.