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.

10 Comments

A manager is always scrutinized when he pinch hits for the starting pitcher to try to score some runs. When your manager has less than 10 games experience (at any level) you look even closer.

The real question is whether a rookie manager who came from the front office can ever get the players to respect him and have confidence in his decision making. This incident is an indication that this has not happened yet.

I still have doubts about Hinch. The D-Backs are looking more like a business and less like a baseball team these days…..

I thought Kirk Gibson would have been a much better choice to manage the D-Backs. I’m sure he could light a fire under these guys.

What I saw was Davis turning away from Hinch and not allowing his manager to talk to him. That is a complete lack of respect for his manager. It really doesn’t matter if Hinch is right for the job or not, he has been given that authority and should be shown respect for his position. Matt Williams is totally correct in what he said.
I liked Davis before that incident but now he should be sent back to the “bus league” for an attitude adjustment. That incident is A or AA stuff, not big league.
I agree with the previous comment, Kirk Gibson would have been a much better choice.

I love the Diamondbacks, but they are a mess. We watched this with the Suns too. Kirk Gibson will be a great manager but the Diamondbacks want to play their executive management game. Bob Melvin is sorely missed….what did he do wrong?

Matt Williams is a lousy announcer and I hate watching the game when he is on. Where’s Joe Sr this year. Really would like to hear his comments on what all has gone down with the team. As for Davis and Hinch, what happened between them should stay between them.

wow so good to win one. find it very difficult to listen to Williams
how can he even have the job with his credentials?? shame on the dbacks for turning there back and hiring him.

While I think that Davis definitely showed a lack of respect for Hinch…I really think we should be glad players are getting fired up and showing passion to be given the chance to do their best. I’m tired of all the apathy all season long. While Hinch is a crapshoot…I do like the way he is handling himself. As a manager, he has things to learn…and he has made some questionable decisions. Also, I really don’t think he will get the respect of the players as Davis has already demonstrated. I think Byrnes showed he was “behind him 100%” just by giving him the job…I doubt Hinch will perform any different with a 1 year or 4 year deal. Heck, if you want a complete rookie manager, go with Mark Grace! Maybe we were hoping for another Bob Brenly.

Matt Williams should not be allowed to speak in public. As a broadcaster he totally sucks. Boring!!
I really think Gibson or Hale would have made a better coach, but I wasn’t asked for my opinion and therefore don’t have to live with the decision either.

What a joke. Davis is a good ball player and the media is making bigger than it is.I am glad he wanted to stay in the game and Hinch should not even be there.I don’t get who could play for him. I can’t stand baseball anymore to much money and management. Should go back to being a game and not a job.

We don’t actually know what went on between Hinch and Davis, but I don’t think Williams should have said what he did about Davis. After all the last yr. Williams played for the D-backs, if you could call it playing ball,he stunk.So maybe he’d better think twice before he opens his big mouth! And yes I agree, Gibson would have been a better choice then Hinch as a manager, but what can you expect, when Josh Brynes is calling the shots. Oh for the days of Jerry Colangeo.

We don’t actually know what went on between Hinch and Davis, but I don’t think Williams should have said what he did about Davis. After all the last yr. Williams played for the D-backs, if you could call it playing ball,he stunk.So maybe he’d better think twice before he opens his big mouth! And yes I agree, Gibson would have been a better choice then Hinch as a manager, but what can you expect, when Josh Brynes is calling the shots. Oh for the days of Jerry Colangeo.

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