Hinch and Davis clear the air
A.J. Hinch and Doug Davis didn’t exactly join hands and sing Kumbaya on Saturday, but the D-backs manager and pitcher appeared to be back on the same page one day after exchanging what appeared to be heated words in the dugout.
Television cameras showed Davis confronting Hinch when the manager motioned for him to come back off the on-deck circle for pinch-hitter Ryan Roberts. The two then went up into the tunnel behind the dugout for a further discussion out of sight of the cameras.
“That whole thing was pretty much a miscommunication,” said Davis, who bolted from the clubhouse without talking to the media following the game. “That’s all it was.”
At issue was the meaning of the phrase “you’re up there no matter what.”
What Hinch meant by the statement was that Davis would be up on the on-deck circle regardless of what was going to happen.
Davis, on the other hand, took that to mean that he was going to hit and continue pitching.
“He had told me that I was going to be up there no matter what,” Davis said. “He meant up on deck. I thought he meant at bat. That was it. That was the whole discussion. It’s buried and done with.”
Hinch met with Davis prior to batting practice Saturday apparently to clear the air.
“I spoke to Doug as well,” Hinch said. “I think in the heat of competing when teams are struggling the way we’ve struggled, have gone through the changes that we’ve gone through, emotions run high. And guys want to compete, guys want to win. It’s done with as far as I’m concerned. I’m looking forward to his next start.”
While he may have been confused by the phrase that was used, it was also clear that Davis was not pleased about coming out of a game in which he was trailing 3-2 and had thrown just 80 pitches. He said after throwing 86 pitches in his prior start to go too many starts without getting close to 100.
“Yeah, of course I had the passion to go out there for another inning,” Davis said. “At first he said we’re going to hit for you. I said OK. Then they said you’re going to get up there no matter what. So then I think I’m hitting. Like I said, it was a miscommunication. That’s all it was. We talked about it down there in the hallway and got it over with. It’s buried and done with.”
If everything has been cleared up between Hinch and Davis, all may not be well at the moment between Davis and D-backs broadcaster Matt Williams.
The former All-Star chastised Davis for his behavior during the team’s television broadcast Friday and said that Davis had only himself to blame for his predicament because his throwing error led to a run in the second inning.
“Matt Williams was not down there at the time of the incident,” Davis said. “He didn’t know that he said to that to me. He thinks I showed up the manager but that’s not what happened. I wasn’t trying to show him up. It was just a miscommunication. He brought up my error in the second inning. Said if I didn’t make the error in the second inning we’d be right in the game. Would he be saying that if I were a second baseman, third baseman or a shortstop? Maybe, maybe not. I doubt it.”
When asked if he planned to talk with Williams about it, Davis said, “No, I don’t need to talk to him about it. Just another front office executive decision.”
Williams declined comment.