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Monday, October 17, 2016

Report: Tony La Russa opts to remain with D-backs in advisory role

He gets to keep his red stapler and can listen to the radio at a reasonable volume.

Former Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has decided to remain with the franchise in an advisory role under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen.’s Steve Gilbert reported the news Sunday as the team announced the hiring of Hazen, the former Red Sox general manager.

The decision follows the D-backs’ firing of general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale on Oct. 3. Hired by La Russa, the duo spent two seasons on the job and led Arizona to a 148-176 record.

Before the firings, La Russa met with Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick and discussed taking on a new, non-decision-making role. Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro reported Oct. 3 that the team offered to retain La Russa in such an advisory role.

The former leader of the D-backs’ front office leader will report to Hazen and will “have a voice in the room, weigh in with ideas and opinions,” but not be the ultimate decision-maker, according to Gambadoro.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony larussa

Arizona Diamondbacks name Mike Hazen general manager

The Diamondbacks named Mike Hazen their general manager on Sunday, hiring him away from the Boston Red Sox, where he was serving as second-in-command to Dave Dombrowski.

Hazen, 40, spent the previous 11 seasons working for the Red Sox in a variety of roles, beginning as director of player development in 2006.

“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. “He’s a natural leader, who we feel fortunate to have been able to hire, and we welcome him and his family to Arizona.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kim ng, mike hazen, red sox

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Heyman - Anthopoulos Turns Down D-backs

In his case, it looks like prudent judgement.

But while the ownership involvement and the obvious volatility (they’re about to hire their seventh GM in 13 years) are potential issues, the Arizona GM job is still seen as desirable by many. To reports about candidates being turned off by the seeming instability, one interested party who hasn’t been mentioned yet opined, “That’s BS. There are only 30 of these jobs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, diamondbacks, general managers

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Kim Ng, Four Others Among D-Backs GM Candidates

The Diamondbacks appear to have compiled at least a preliminary list of potential general manager candidates to take over for the departing Dave Stewart, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (Twitter link). In addition to a quartet of men with ties to the organization, MLB senior VP Kim Ng is under consideration, per the report.

Ng has long been discussed as a front office target for organizations, and has interviewed for top baseball ops positions on several occasions. A former assistant GM with the Dodgers, Ng would become the game’s first-ever general manager if she is hired for this or another open job.

Additionally, Arizona is looking at current AGM Bryan Minniti and farm director Mike Bell — as has previously been reported. Minniti just completed his second season in that role for the D-Backs after previously serving in a similar capacity with the Nationals. Bell has held his post with Arizona for six seasons.

Former D-Backs’ scouting guru and current Brewers scouting director Ray Montgomery is also under consideration, as is former Arizona AGM Peter Woodfork, who currently works with Ng in the league office.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kim ng, women in baseball

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Dave Stewart ‘relieved’ to be fired by Diamondbacks: ‘I’ve got better things to do’ | MLB | Sporting News

I don’t have anything bad to say about Ken Kendrick,’’ Stewart said. “I’m not mad at this guy. He’s different. I’m different. Really, we were oil and water.

He added: “When I left Toronto, I was angry. I’m not angry this time. It’s just different. Almost a relief. I just got to figure out what to do next, but really, I’ll be just fine.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks

Monday, October 03, 2016

Diamondbacks fire GM Dave Stewart, manager Chip Hale

Fresh off a very disappointing 2016 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Hopes were high for Arizona entering the spring of 2016. They were coming off a 79-83 season in 2015 and added ace pitcher Zack Greinke via free agency in addition to trading for 2015 All-Star pitcher Shelby Miller.

Instead, the second year with both Stewart and Hale couldn’t have been more of a disaster.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, dave stewart, diamondbacks

Heyman - Tony La Russa To Meet Monday With Diamondbacks Owner

They can’t fire another leadership team again? Can they?

Arizona Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is expected to meet Monday with team owner Ken Kendrick, sources say, with a decision expected soon regarding the fates of La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart.

The decisions may even come at the high-powered pow-wow. If not, then they should come soon after.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Monday, September 19, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks to cut ties with De Jon Watson

The Diamondbacks informed De Jon Watson, the club’s senior vice president of baseball operations, that he will not have his contract option picked up for 2017, the first of what could be several dominos to fall in leadership positions within the organization.

Though Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa made the announcement Sunday evening, he stressed that the Watson dismissal in no way clarified La Russa’s own situation for next season, nor that of General Manager Dave Stewart.

Both La Russa and Stewart’s jobs are being “evaluated” by ownership and CEO Derrick Hall as the Diamondbacks are nearing the end of one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. Even after beating the Dodgers 10-9 in 12 innings on Sunday afternoon, the Diamondbacks are on pace for 94 losses in a year in which they expected to contend for a division title.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2016 at 01:27 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The hypocrisy of Tony La Russa and the understandable fears of black baseball players

I might as well keep the “moralist” chain alive. Agree or be branded!

Tony La Russa, a convicted drunk driver who managed one of the most steroid-addled clubhouses in modern baseball history and today oversees an organization that at the trade deadline passed along to multiple organizations private medical information about a player it wanted to deal, spent Wednesday playing moralist, a role that suits him about as well as chief baseball officer for a major league franchise.

The impetus behind La Russa’s barrage of illogic was Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, who called baseball a “white man’s sport” when asked why no ballplayer had emulated the protests of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Were La Russa not so fundamentally myopic, he may well have realized he is exactly the white man of whom Jones speaks. And the worst kind at that: an authoritarian happy to share his opinion but not respectful enough to allow others to use their platforms in the same fashion.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 117 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony larussa

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Groin injury puts A.J. Pollock’s season at risk

A.J. Pollock’s lost season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks, injuries

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Tipsheet: Suffering continues for Miller, D-Backs | Jeff Gordon |

I can’t wait until Miller gets traded for 10 cents on the dollar, has a great year, and people kill the Diamondbacks front office for making another horrible trade.

If there is anybody feeling worse than the shell-shocked Pittsburgh Pirates this morning, it’s poor Shelby Miller.

The former Cardinals pitcher absorbed still another loss Tuesday, falling 5-2 to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Miller (2-11, 6.89 earned-run average) allowed those five runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The reeling Arizona Diamondbacks are now 4-12 in games he started this season.

“I’m struggling with the loss a little bit,” Miller told reporters after the game. “I’m just kind of tired of losing. It’s just not going good right now. I’m not worried about stuff-wise, just more worried about the outcome. Just trying to go out there and give our team an opportunity to win every time and it hasn’t been going the way I’ve wanted it to.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Dodgers hit 5 home runs off Zack Greinke |

odger Stadium had a healthy serving of boos reserved for Zack Greinke in his first start there since leaving for Arizona via free agency in the offseason. However, it was his former teammates who offered an even ruder welcome in a 10-2 Dodgers win on Monday night.

The Dodgers hit five homers off Greinke, a career high for the right-hander. Adrian Gonzalez got it started in the fourth with a two-run shot on a numbers-high fastball. Before the inning, Greinke had thrown three shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just a single.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, zach greinke

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Here’s the secret to why Paul Goldschmidt steals so many bases -

Check it out.

The assumption to make, then, is that Goldschmidt possesses other qualities that manifest in his base-stealing success. He does. What Goldschmidt lacks in straight-line speed, he atones for with a combination of attributes that are tougher to measure, like his reaction time, his pattern-recognition skills, his opportunism, and his boldness. Let’s look at some examples of what we mean. Here’s Goldschmidt stealing second and third base off Noah Syndergaard:

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Sunday, August 28, 2016

It’s time the owner takes some blame for the disappointing Diamondbacks | FOX Sports

The instability starts at the top.

Process and evaluation matter greatly in today’s game, particularly with so much money at stake. Yet, the act that defined the D-backs’ occasional penchant for rash decision-making – the signing of Greinke as a $206.5 million free agent – was authored not by La Russa or Stewart, but by Kendrick.
So now what? The dismissals of La Russa and Stewart would amount to another abrupt turn, even if Kendrick determines that the moves are justified. Again: Kendrick is the owner; he can do whatever he wants. I’d just like to hear him explain how he is going to make the D-backs to a more efficient, coherent organization.

Starting at the top.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Diamondbacks’ flexible philosophies

““So what’s next for the Diamondbacks? The owner and the CEO are the same. Will they stay old school? Will they go outside-the-box? Will they hire someone who’s got a series of impressive degrees and worked in a baseball front office? Will they go purely sabermetric? Or will they stay where they are and augment La Russa with someone he knows and trusts, like Walt Jocketty?

Any guesses about their future might be accurate because the Diamondbacks have tried just about everything. There’s no reason to believe they’ll make any alterations to that haphazard arrangement now and, judging by their somewhat bizarre history, it’s liable to work.”“

shoewizard Posted: August 27, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball operations, diamondbacks, general, general managers, ownership

Friday, August 26, 2016

Shelby Miller’s demotion likely to delay free agency

Miller can’t complain. Well, he can, but I wouldn’t be sympathetic.

With Shelby Miller scheduled to make at least one more start with Triple-A Reno, it appears the Diamondbacks, whether they intended to or not, will gain an extra year of club control over the right-hander.

Miller, according to sources, has three years, 133 days of major-league service time. Assuming he isn’t promoted to the big leagues Thursday, the most days he could accrue the rest of the season is 38. That would bring him to three years, 171 days, which would be just one short of the number needed to be credited with a full year of service.

In that event, it would mean the soonest Miller could become eligible for free agency is after 2019; he would be eligible for arbitration in each of the next three seasons, assuming he spends the requisite time on the major-league roster in those years.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2016 at 06:03 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, shelby miller

Monday, August 22, 2016

How to Solve a Problem Like the Diamondbacks | FanGraphs Baseball

I haven’t liked most of the stuff the Diamondbacks have done in La Russa’s time but firing them now says more about the owner’s problems than the La Russa and Stewart front office.

In a rare case of agreement, I’m actually with LaRussa and Stewart on the idea that they shouldn’t be fired simply because the team performed badly in 2016. The results of one season, whether positive or negative, don’t provide enough information about the quality of the decisions made, and especially not the quality of the decision makers.

But I think the Diamondbacks should clean house anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 02:50 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks ponder replacing La Russa, Stewart after just 2 years

The Arizona Diamondbacks are a mess.

Once again.

Diamondbacks ownership is strongly considering making sweeping front-office changes, firing some of the most respected men in the game.

Once again.

If owner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall fire chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and his staff, including general manager Dave Stewart and assistant GM De Jon Watson, the D’backs will be changing GMs for the seventh time in just 11 years.

Stewart and Watson will have been given all of 23 months to turn around the franchise.

Please, it’s time for Kendrick and the rest of the ownership group to look in the mirror.

It’s insane to fire them after just one crummy season, and the dismal early returns of a trade gone wrong.

Two years, really?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Dansby Swanson’s arrival a cruel twist for Arizona Diamondbacks

Will they get another season?

La Russa paused when asked what he thought of the industry reaction. He said he understands the attention the trade received, particularly since the club had given up another first-round pick, pitcher Touki Toussaint, earlier in the year. But he questions the perception that everyone in baseball disliked it for the Diamondbacks.

“How many front offices, if you polled the other 29, how many would have questioned it or said it was a bad deal?” La Russa asked. “At the same time that we were hearing the criticisms, I was also hearing from people that I knew personally saying, ‘Hey, man, we know where you were coming from. We were interested in Shelby, as well.’

“I would always like to know who criticizes it. There are some people that I have a ton of respect for and there are others I don’t have the same level of respect. If it’s somebody I have big levels of respect, then I would be bothered. If it’s not, then I’m not.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, tony la russa

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Heyman - D-backs Kendrick Unhappy - Decisions Delayed On Execs

Arizona Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick is said to be “upset” and “embarrassed” about the team’s performance this season, at a time when the club’s very famous and accomplished top baseball operations executives, who include Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa and former pitching great Dave Stewart, have contract decisions coming due.

While Kendrick’s alleged current mood isn’t necessarily determinative, and the official word is that no decisions have been made yet, it seems a little unusual the higher-ups don’t seem ready to say where they stand yet on their baseball people, with decisions due in less than two weeks in a couple cases. Beyond that, team president Derrick Hall suggests they may not be ready at the end of this month, when at least general manager Stewart and his top lieutenant De Jon Watson, have 2017 option triggers due.

“Nothing’s been decided. It will be an evaluation,” Hall said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:49 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Keith Law: Time to end the Diamondbacks’ reign of error (INSIDER)

No mistake has loomed larger than the constant stream of errors around Cuban right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez. The brand-new front office reached to sign him for $8 million after the 2013 season, even though it appeared that he was priced by other teams at about one-tenth that number. The Diamondbacks didn’t understand the international bonus pool rules, and thus were unaware they would have to pay an $8 million penalty on top of Lopez’s bonus AND would be prohibited from signing any July 2 free agents for the next two signing periods until after Lopez’s deal was official….

The Lopez disaster had a ripple effect a few months later, when the team packaged 2014 first-round pick Touki Toussaint, a very high-upside but raw teenage pitching prospect, with the injured Bronson Arroyo in a “Weekend at Bernie’s” pairing that allowed Arizona to shed much of Arroyo’s dead money, but at the cost of a significant prospect.

Stewart’s unfamiliarity with the rules hasn’t just applied to the international pools. According to multiple sources, in early 2015 he tried to make a trade with another team that would have violated MLB rules, and the GM of the other team had to explain to him that such a move was not allowed.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks

Maricopa County supervisors give go-ahead to Chase Field sale negotiations

So now county is selling Chase Field , which cost 354M to build, for 60M to an investment group. D Backs have a veto and can negotiate terms with buyers regarding renovations, upgrades, etc.

shoewizard Posted: August 18, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium issues

Friday, August 12, 2016

Diamondbacks Letter Back to Stadium District

This is an interesting read for anyone following the other articles and threads.

shoewizard Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium financing

Thursday, August 11, 2016

D-backs’ David Peralta to have wrist surgery |

Pretty much a lost season for Peralta.

D-backs outfielder David Peralta will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist Thursday morning in Phoenix.

Peralta is currently on the disabled list for the third time this season and it is the second time he has been on it as a result of his wrist. Peralta initially injured the wrist the final week of the 2015 season, and at the time, it was thought that rest and rehab would be enough to avoid surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david peralta, diamondbacks, injuries

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Maricopa County rejects most of Arizona Diamondbacks’ requested $65M for Chase Field upgrades

County officials in recent weeks have rejected most of the team’s request for $65 million in upgrades to Chase Field, saying the repairs don’t meet the lease agreement’s requirements for funding. Requested repairs include suite renovations, painting and a new scoreboard, all of which county officials say are cosmetic and the team’s responsibility.

Documents also show the conflict has gotten personal.

County Supervisor Andy Kunasek sent a letter to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall as the dispute reached a climax in April, describing the baseball business as “evolving into a parasitic enterprise.” He accused Hall of selling a “false narrative,” slandering county board members and doing “irreparable harm” to taxpayer confidence in government.

As Kunasek delivered the letter to the team, he directed a profanity-laced storm at Hall, calling on owner Ken Kendrick to “take your stupid baseball team and get out” and go back to “f—king West Virginia,” according to team notes that Kunasek does not dispute.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2016 at 01:01 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: chase field, diamondbacks, stadium renovations

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