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Kevin Towers: In Review


Although Kevin Towers has been widely criticized as of late by both the national mainstream media and supporters of the Arizona Diamondbacks themselves, I believe he has single handedly turned the organization into a direction that allows them to succeed both now and far into the future. He has ousted players he believes detrimental to the culture they are trying to build around the core players they believe they can develop. The pride of the diamondbacks as of late has been their farm system including such names as Tyler Skaggs, Archie Bradley, Patrick Corbin, and Stryker Trahan, a group of names any organization would love to have. However, it also has succeeded in developing such talent as Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt, Josh Collmenter, and Ian Kennedy. The success of a farm system lies in a uniform and consistent organizational structure that allows young prospects to experiment with their skills and obtain confidence in those coaches and teammates that support them. Although Towers traded away such names as Upton, and Bauer, I believe he placed the good of the entire organization above those of a few players that did not meet their desired qualities including grit, hard work, and a willingness to learn. If the cornerstone of your franchise (Justin Upton) refuses to play with the same qualities that are instilled early on in these prospects careers, the organization must make a decision on whether to change the culture or the players in it. In this case, Upton was truly an "enigma" as said by Ken Kendrick, and the front office decided that the development of the team culture as a whole would provide more benefit that holding onto a single player that produces inconsistent results and controversy. In the case of Trevor Bauer, he was extraordinarily talented but talent only takes you so far. He was a young prospect with everything to prove and an unwillingness to listen. He created tension between the coaches, players, and other prospects that the Diamondbacks knew would hurt them more than it would help them in the long run. If you have a prospect who is unwilling to listen to the coaches, it sets a precedent for the other players in the system that maybe they do not have to either. Farm system's are about developing your skills and Trevor Bauer was caught up in a semi-ignorant, prideful state about his while struggling at the major league level with his debut, nagging groin injuries, and control problems he has still failed to correct. There is only so many sacrifices that can be made for two quality players when an entire system is filled with replacements that will embody the culture of the entire organization. I believe Kevin Towers recognizes this, and as a result the Diamondbacks are playing great, gritty baseball early in the season and noone doubts their true potential. It can be said that the Diamondbacks are truly in a better position since Towers took control than they were when Eric Byrnes left. In that case and despite the criticism, I believe his is one of the best GM's in the league because he accomplishes what is best for his organization despite any criticism and that is representative of an executive with confidence in his system and himself, and that is someone that should be running the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has proven himself successful in the past with both the Diamondbacks, and Padres, and because of that I believe he will bring Arizona another championship. Go Dbacks!

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