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Tony La Russa, Pirates Broadcasters Come Face to Face Over Wild Pitches

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Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa of the Arizona Diamondbacks speaks to the media during a press conference introducing pitcher Zack Greinke at Chase Field on December 11, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 27 May 2016 12:36 PM

Tony La Russa of the Arizona Diamondbacks went into the Pittsburgh Pirates broadcasting booth during Tuesday night's game to correct what he called "inaccuracies" about his managerial days.

The Arizona Republic reported that the incident occurred after Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero hit the Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed and Jean Segura in the head with pitches.

La Russa, Arizona's chief baseball officer, had criticized Pittsburgh in the past as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals about their pitchers throwing inside, and Diamondbacks' manager Chip Hale blamed Pirates manager Clint Hurdle for the pitches.

"I don't think the kid meant to do it," Hale said, according to the newspaper. "When you put a guy out there that doesn't have control in that area and you're trying to pitch in, it's not something that we can have here. The guy doesn't have the ability to pitch in certain quadrants of the zone, we don't do it. It's almost the fault more of the coaching and the managing than it is the player at that point."

According to USA Today, the Pirates broadcasters took exception to the criticism and were discussing in on air when they said La Russa stormed in during the live broadcast to protest.

"I never have stood for inaccuracies," La Russa said. "So I corrected the inaccuracies. It's about taking responsibility. If you're going to speak untruths then you're going to get challenged and you should be responsible for what you say. I am. I reacted."

Pirates' radio broadcaster Greg Brown said, though, that his crew was accurate about La Russa's past complaints about the Pirates and there was nothing to challenge.

He commented about the incident on Twitter.



Other chimed in online, with varying opinions.





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