Who would have ever guessed that Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson would play such a prominent role in the NL playoff race and the competition for the MVP Award?
On Aug. 2, Randall Delgado, a pitcher on Gibson's staff, tagged Andrew McCutchen with a 95 mph fastball in the spine. McCutchen, who is the front-runner to win the MVP and the Pittsburgh Pirates linchpin, has since been diagnosed with a fractured rib, per Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
When asked if he believed Gibson's assertion that "the pitch just got away from" Delgado, the reigning MVP sounded less than convinced, as you can hear in the MLB.com video above.
"Sure it did. I'm sure it did. I'm sure it got away from him. Just like the first pitch. I'm sure both of those got away from him."
This is far from the first time that Gibson's squad has been involved in an ugly plunking incident, and this latest episode could have major ramifications on the playoff and MVP races.
At this point, it's baffling that Gibson even still has a job.