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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Heyman | D-Backs GM Hazen Credits Past Regimes

My bank account would appreciate the D’Backs staying hot and winning the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 02:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Is the LeMahieu Shift the Boldest One Ever? | FanGraphs Baseball

Now this is a shift.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. lemahieu, diamondbacks, rockies, shifts

Diamondbacks blast Dodgers with 4-HR game from J.D. Martinez

Martinez became just the 18th player in baseball history to hit four home runs in a game, going deep in each of his final four trips to the plate to lead the Diamondbacks to their 11th consecutive victory, a 13-0 shellacking of the Dodgers.
....
The win left the Diamondbacks one win shy of their 2003 franchise record of 12 consecutive wins. It was their fourth during the streak that’s come against the Dodgers. Not long ago, the Dodgers had a chance at establishing an all-time wins record. On Monday, the Diamondbacks handed them their fourth consecutive loss and their ninth in the past 10 games.

The Dodgers suddenly look beatable, a fact that hasn’t been lost on the Diamondbacks.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 03:40 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, j.d. martinez

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nick Ahmed hit by a pitch on the same hand he fractured in June

Only days before he was expected back from the disabled list, Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed is hurt again.

Ahmed suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch during his rehab game on Sunday night and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, General Manager Mike Hazen said. That means the soonest he could come back is at some point during the postseason.

Hazen said the club will monitor the trade market for potential help but said he doesn’t expect to find much available. Players have to be in a new organization by August 31 in order to be eligible for the postseason. The Diamondbacks are expecting to get another injured shortstop, Chris Owings, back before the end of the year but he isn’t eligible to come off the 60-day DL until late September.

Ahmed missed the past two months with a fractured right hand and was expected back from the disabled list sometime this week. He suffered the injury during the second game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno and returned to Phoenix Monday to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, nick ahmed

Monday, August 21, 2017

Colon becomes third active pitcher to beat all 30 teams

Minnesota Twins starter Bartolo Colon became the third active MLB pitcher to beat all 30 teams with a 12-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

“It means a lot to my career,” Colon said through a translator after matching the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer and the Cubs’ John Lackey, who accomplished the feat last season. “Now, I haven’t won in two stadiums, so that’s the next goal.”

Chris Fluit Posted: August 21, 2017 at 04:10 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, diamondbacks, john lackey, max scherzer, twins

Monday, August 07, 2017

D-backs 50/50 raffle now available online for TV viewing audience

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has extended the 50/50 Raffle, supported by Western Refining, to be available for all fans in Arizona, even if they aren’t inside Chase Field during D-backs home games. The 50/50 Raffle will now be available for fans to purchase raffle tickets online at dbacks.com/5050raffle.


Do other teams do this ?

shoewizard Posted: August 07, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, gambling

Sunday, August 06, 2017

D-backs’ rotation has made huge 2017 rebound | MLB.com

My $100 100-1 bet on the Diamondbacks in February still has a chance. Go D’Backs!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt earns his MVP moment

Really, it’s about time. Goldschmidt has twice been runner-up for the prestigious award. He has no holes in his game. He’s currently ranked as the sixth most effective baserunner in the National League. He’s among the most underpaid, under-appreciated superstars on the planet.

SO Many good and Closely Bunched Candidates, Goldy, Harper, Rendon, Arenado, Seager, Turner, and of course Scherzer, but probably too many strong position player candidates for pitcher to take it this year ? Personally would LOVE to see Goldy get his due, but more importantly this Fanboy hopes he clearly DESERVES it by season end

shoewizard Posted: August 05, 2017 at 11:37 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, mvp, paul goldschmidt

Friday, August 04, 2017


Monday, July 31, 2017

Diamondbacks acquire Adam Rosales in trade with Athletics; bolster infield depth

The Diamondbacks added some suddenly much-needed infield depth to their roster on Monday by acquiring infielder Adam Rosales from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a low-level pitching prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 02:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, diamondbacks, trades

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Robbie Ray to concussion protocol after line drive to head

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said pitcher Robbie Ray, who was hit in the head by a line drive during Friday night’s game against St. Louis, is doing well and will be put in concussion protocol.

A line drive by Luke Voit hit Ray squarely in the head in the second inning. Ray, a left-hander, dropped flat on the mound.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2017 at 06:37 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: concussion, diamondbacks, robbie ray

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tigers OF J.D. Martinez traded to Diamondbacks for prospects

Detroit received Double-A third baseman Dawel Lugo, switch-hitting infield prospect Sergio Alcantara and shortstop Jose King in the deal Tuesday. Lugo, a sterling defensive third baseman with a solid bat, is regarded as the Diamondbacks’ No. 2 overall prospect. Avila said he wanted to bolster the Tigers’ farm system with position prospects and jumped at the chance to add three infielders.

As for Martinez, the Tigers hope that one day he’ll return to Detroit.

Martinez said the feeling is mutual.

“Me and Al go way back. He’s like family to me, close to family as you can get in baseball. I know it was hard for him,” he said. “I’m not mad about it. ... Next year and the offseason, you never know what’s going to happen in this game.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 11:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, j.d. martinez, tigers

Monday, July 03, 2017

Hummel: After 56 seasons, La Russa has plenty to offer in new role | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

This argument is so 2001. It isn’t, and never was, an either or choice.

“I don’t want knowledge to disappear,” said La Russa the other day over lunch at an Italian restaurant near Chase Field. “The new guys coming in just know their formulas.

“That’s what bothers me about guys like Leyland, Duncan and Oquendo. If we don’t pass that stuff around and it disappears, it will not be good for the game.”
...
“You’ve got to make sure that the lessons of George Kissell get passed along. That’s why I have no intent to ever stop doing something where I can contribute what I’ve learned over the years.

“If there is one thing I’d love to be able to do is somehow be involved in preserving that expertise.

“Somehow. Some way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2017 at 02:41 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, tony la russa

Saturday, July 01, 2017

No humidor at Chase Field for Diamondbacks in 2017

Along with a better grip for the pitchers, the humidor was expected by physicists to decrease offense. Notably, Alan Nathan wrote an article six years ago for Baseball Prospectus that analyzed the effect of the humidor at Coors Field. He also looked at Chase Field at that time because there were rumors even back then of a humidor coming to Arizona. Nathan predicted a 37 percent reduction in home runs at Chase Field, which is even greater than the actual reduction in home runs at Coors Field produced by the humidor.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Monday, June 12, 2017

OTP 12 June 2017: McCain Stays Up Late to Watch Baseball

The obvious baseball/politics tie-in of the week:

Arizona Sen. John McCain is blaming his convoluted line of questioning at Thursday’s James Comey testimony on his decision to stay up late the night before to watch a baseball game.

Many on Twitter were left scratching their heads after the 80-year-old Republican senator grilled Comey during the hearing about why the FBI closed its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, while continuing its probe of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

McCain responded by releasing a statement that read: “I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people’s heads. Maybe going forward I shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.

I just see this as McCain setting good priorities.  Prepare to investigate threats to our democratic way of life, or watch baseball?  Seems like one of the easier choices a politician could face.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: June 12, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 1635 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, politics, why are nl west games on so late

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Manfred supports D-backs on ballpark issue | MLB.com

As Dan Szymborski noted on Twitter last night, “The one thing MLB is always decisive and in full agreement on:  that taxpayers should be paying for their stuff.”

“I understand how old the stadium is,” Manfred said. “I think the real issue is, has the landlord made the capital improvements that are always necessary in the stadium in between its 10th and 20th years in order to keep it of a Major League quality. And I think the county’s own study, as well as those studies that have been done by the club, both of which we’ve reviewed, suggest that’s not the case.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium renovations

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

D-Backs: Yeah, yeah, new stadium management contract, just give us our $187m, okay? | Field of Schemes

In other words, just adding a few more concerts isn’t going to stop the D-Backs owners from suing for $187 million, which makes total sense if they think they have a shot at winning. Beus added that they’re only suing for “the ability to talk to other alternatives so we don’t risk our franchise altogether when they don’t do the capital repairs they’re required to do,” which is pretty hilarious for a franchise worth an estimated $1.15 billion and that had an estimated $47.2 million in profits last year, but nobody ever said that lawyers had to be 100% honest.

Oh, and as for that county meeting, they ended up sending both bidders back to the drawing board and reopening the bids, because they weren’t happy with the offers. Which isn’t all that likely to do much better given the limited number of venue managers out there and the limited amount of money you can make staging concerts at a baseball stadium, but hey, worth a shot.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium deals, stadium renovations

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Shelby Miller trade that almost was

Some Arizona Diamondbacks people thought they nearly had Shelby Miller traded last year, and it was potentially a deal that would have bailed them at least partly out of one of the most-criticized trades of the last decade.

Sources say the old regime was in serious talks on a deal that would have sent Miller to the Marlins last summer for multiple young pitchers, with Luis Castillo and Jose Urena main pieces, and Dillon Peters and Austin Brice also believed to have been discussed. Some recall the talk centering on two of those pitchers, and others thought it could have been three or four.

However, the deal Dave Stewart and Co. were working on and appeared to some to be close was nixed by owner Ken Kendrick, according to sources. (Though a team source, without addressing the Kendrick role, says now, “It was never close.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 11:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, marlins, shelby miller

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller opts for elbow surgery, ending season

Shelby Miller’s season is over after the Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander announced Saturday he will have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Miller, injured last Sunday during his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, was diagnosed with right elbow inflammation and placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 27. He sought second opinions on his elbow during the week before ultimately deciding on major surgery.

Miller said he hopes to return to throwing next spring.

“It’s the best decision I think we could make,” Miller said before Saturday’s Diamondbacks-Colorado Rockies game.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2017 at 09:05 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller, tommy john surgery

Monday, April 24, 2017

Are the Rockies and Diamondbacks about to take over the NL West? | FOX Sports

As the Giants surely can attest, baseball – like life – changes every day.

Early on Sunday, a few hours before Miller’s start, I asked Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo his biggest concern.

He did not hesitate with his reply.

“The fear of injury,” Lovullo said. “The depth in an organization is always a concern. Our health is of utmost importance for us to maintain what we’re doing.”

The loss of Miller for an extended period would diminish the excitement over the early performance of the DBacks’ rotation, which ranks sixth in the NL in ERA. Left-hander Patrick Corbin, in particular, looks ready to fulfill the top-of-the-rotation potential he showed in 2013, before he underwent Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rockies

Shelby Miller leaves with forearm tightness | MLB.com

“These are tough things for me to address,” said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. “It’s really unfortunate. Shelby’s been throwing the ball extremely well. Numbers aside, you just hate to have something like his pop up. We’re going to be optimistic.”

Miller says he has never experienced this type of issue before, but a forearm injury sometimes is a precursor to elbow problems and ultimately Tommy John (ligament-replacement) surgery.
“Personally, I feel like I’ll probably feel better tomorrow,” Miller said. “I don’t think it’s that big of an issue. I think it’s more just one of those things that flare up when you’re out there. Physically, I don’t think it’s damaging at all. It’s just what it is, a little tight.

“Their plan is just to give me an MRI to see where it’s at. It’s just a safe bet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Mike Hazen wants to build the Diamondbacks like the Red Sox. But he has a lot to learn.

With the size of the contract, could the Diamondbacks really expect a lot talent back in a deal?

Hazen was asked to respond to prevalent rumors that he will eventually deal Greinke in order to stockpile young talent.

“We understand people talking about that. We haven’t tackled the long-term outlook yet,” Hazen said. “We saw the talent on this team and we really wanted to do everything we could to make this team as strong as possible. We saw strength in the starting rotation and having a No. 1 starting pitcher like Zack, someone we’re very fortunate to have. He’s throwing the ball extremely well. Velocity was made a big deal in spring training and I think we’ve seen that velocity rise. But I don’t think he needs huge velocity because that’s not what he’s about.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, notes

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nothing to worry about as Clayton Kershaw dominates again - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

Clayton Kershaw just keeps on pitching well.

“I said it before, but it’s not a lot of fun to face guys you know and consider a friend,” Kershaw said. “We did a really good job against him tonight. We really battled, made him throw a lot of pitches, didn’t give him many easy outs tonight. We kind of broke it open there with a few big hits with runners in scoring position, so hats off to our guys tonight. They really battled well against him.”

They were enemies for one night, but Kershaw and Greinke are close friends. Three years as teammates, while operating as two of baseball’s best pitchers, forged the bond. Their kids are close in age. Their wives are friends.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Sunday, April 02, 2017

OPENING DAY CHATTER

Yankees/Rays 1:10 PM Tanaka (0-0) Archer (0-0) 

Giants/D-backs 4:10 PM Bumgarner (0-0) Greinke (0-0) 

Cubs/Cardinals 8:35 PM Lester (0-0) Martinez (0-0)

 


Thank God

Lassus Posted: April 02, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, diamondbacks, giants, mlb, rays, yankees

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