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D-Backs skipper Chip Hale rips media for hyping up Opening Day


Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is unhappy with how the media “hyped up” the team ahead of the season and he tore into them following Monday’s 10-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

The Diamondbacks made big news by remaking the team’s roster over the winter, and Hale expressed frustration over how the media used it to over-hype Opening Day, at least from his perspective.

The case can be made that Hale was understandably upset after the loss, especially given how Zack Greinke, the team’s biggest acquisition of the offseason (to the tune of a six-year, $206.5 million contract), was battered in his first regular-season start, surrendering seven earned runs in only four innings.

Hale also downplayed the significance of Greinke’s disastrous outing, chalking it up to simply a bad day while admonishing the media for trying to glean too much out of one start.

“I think sometimes you guys want to read too much into it,” Hale said, via an AP report. “He didn’t pitch that well and they swung the bats really well, so let’s give them credit.”

Greinke similarly tried to take the shelling in stride.

“Usually in the past, one bad outing, I usually get over it pretty quick,” he said. “If it happens a couple of times then I start to think I’ve got to work on something.”

All told, Hale’s surly reaction to Monday’s loss is somewhat curious in that when a team makes such bold offseason moves, it shouldn’t be surprising that there will be increased attention from Opening Day onward. Then again, it’s his job to keep the team on an even keel regardless of what happens on a game-by-game basis. Still, ripping the media for calling arguably deserved attention to a high-priced free agent’s first start seems to miss the mark.

And given his comments about Tuesday’s start from Shelby Miller, who the team acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves, Hale expects more of the same.