Pink Slip Extravaganza Continues
By Christian Moffett
There’s always that one yard sale in your neighborhood that is bumping every Saturday and Sunday morning. Apparently in Arizona, the place to be is Chase Field because Kevin Towers is getting rid of everything!
The ever-popular “Nagy Face”Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports Images
This past week, it seems like every time I open up my Twitter feed, someone else from the Diamondbacks has been fired. I don’t really have anything to say about the Steve Sax situation because Arizona gets a new first base coach every season, so the team is just following the norm this year as well. I might be wrong, but I think next season will be the 6th first base coach in 6 years. Let’s think…..there was Lee Tinsley, Lorenzo Bundy, Eric Young, Steve Sax and I think Bo Porter might have had some games there as well. I’m sure I’m missing somebody, but either way, geez!
As far as the Charles Nagy situation goes, I’m indifferent, but I understand both views. This week we have learned that Kevin Towers was angry at his pitchers for not protecting their teammates during games. Essentially, Towers was calling the rotation “soft.” While this may be the case, I think Towers blames the toughness, or lack thereof on Charles Nagy. I can understand this firing because I never thought Nagy fit in with this team. As far as we can tell, Charlie is a very low key guy that can come across as pretty dull. Let’s face it, I’ve met rocks with better personalities than Nagy (I don’t actually talk to rocks, I was just making an analogy). The Diamondbacks had a lot of big personalities this year, and I just don’t know if Charles Nagy fit in.
With that said, I also can understand why people will say this firing wasn’t warranted. The D-Backs rotation was constantly up in the air due to countless injuries. They led the league in a fake category called “untimely injuries to starting pitchers.” Whether it was Cahill or McCarthy, somebody was hurt. Let’s not forget, Daniel Hudson has been on the shelf for like 100 years now. When a rotation is not carved in stone, it can cause some trouble for a pitching coach and how he handles his staff. I know this is a lame excuse, but it’s the only reason I can think of why I wouldn’t agree with Nagy getting a pink slip.
I have to say, I don’t really like the way this off season has started. We have had firings and feuds already and we aren’t even to the end of October. Kevin Towers and the big wigs in the front office have flexed their muscles lately and set down the law. Will it work?
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