Interesting slant on the Dragons playoff series. I admit, I was no fan of Todd Benzinger when he was Dragons manager and believed ANYONE would be an improvement. But as the season moved along, I’ve become a Delino DeShields fan. He’s done a great job this season with the Dragons.
There is no bad blood between the Dayton Dragons and Lansing Lugnuts, the first-round Midwest League playoff opponents say.
After all, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not as if a brawl occurred in any of their 16 meetings and, as Dragons shortstop Billy Hamilton put it, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hate any team we play, we just beat them.Ã¢â‚¬Â
That said, there was a level of discord earlier in the season, mostly having to do with the managers.
On June 27, during what became a 9-2 Dragons win at Fifth Third Field, Dayton manager Delino DeShields accused Lansing counterpart Mike Redmond of ordering Dragons second baseman Ronald Torreyes hit with a pitch. It was retaliation, DeShields thought, for Dragons third baseman David Vidal trying to steal third when Dayton had a big lead.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I saw him give an order to throw at (Torreyes),Ã¢â‚¬Â DeShields said, reluctantly revisiting the sequence of events. Ã¢â‚¬Å“From the dugout, he was getting the catcherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attention, pointing. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been around long enough to know what that meant.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Dragons responded by attempting a double steal in the eighth inning ahead by six runs, which could be construed as a violation of baseball etiquette.
Read the whole article….you’ll like DeShields when you finish.