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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Diamondbacks prospect O’Brien hitting, happy in outfield

It does not seem Pete O’Brien wants to catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Thursday, May 07, 2015


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Friday, May 01, 2015

Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

He can now retire to pursue he’s lifelong dream - hunting and killing Zack Greinke.

Carlos Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Mariners after being released by the Braves last month, has decided to retire at age 32.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Quentin left the Tacoma team Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games.

Atlanta acquired Quentin from San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, but his inclusion was strictly to help balance out the money and the Braves ate his entire $8 million salary in releasing him.

Quentin retires as a career .252 hitter whose power, plate discipline, and ability to get plunked by tons of pitches helped him post a strong .831 OPS. When healthy he was a middle-of-the-order asset, posting an OPS above .800 in six of his nine seasons, but constant injuries limited him to fewer than 130 games in all but two of those years.

 


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bradley in good spirits, DL-bound after scare | MLB.com

Archie Bradley is one lucky guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: archie bradley, diamondbacks

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Archie Bradley hit in face by 115 MPH Line Drive

Good re cap here of the event at AZ Snakepit and the comments section has updates and photos.  The guy is incredibly lucky appears no fractures, but need to re cfm in the morning

shoewizard Posted: April 29, 2015 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Just awful news.

Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects one’s movement. Well-known patients include Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yasmany Tomas a temporary solution at third base for Diamondbacks with Jake Lamb out

Will Tomas have more hits or more misplayed grounders while he fills in for Lamb?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Yasmany Tomas makes his first career start with Arizona Diamondbacks

Is he yelling something about bovine or equine feces here?

Aside from a two-base fielding error in the third inning, [Yasmany] Tomas acquitted himself quite well at third base and was even better at the plate in the D-backs’ 7-1 series-opening loss to the Texas Rangers at Chase Field Tuesday night…

Tomas, whom the D-backs signed to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in the offseason, singled to right field in the second, grounded out to shortstop in the fourth and legged out an infield hit in the sixth. He also scored the team’s only run…

After an uneventful first inning, he fielded Robinson Chirinos’ ground ball on a short hop and threw across the diamond for the first out in the second—though his throw did pull Paul Goldschmidt into foul territory.

The error came in the third inning.

Tomas’ backhand attempt on a sharply hit ball by Elvis Andrus hit off his glove and carried into left field. Andrus advanced to second, but was left stranded.

Two innings later, there appeared to be some miscommunication between Tomas and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. Leonys Martin hit a pop fly by the D-backs’ dugout that Tomas reached out and took away from his teammate.

Tomas’ final fielding chance saw him stationed to the right side of second base as the D-backs employed the shift for Prince Fielder. Tomas grabbed up the ground ball easily and a perfect throw to first retired Fielder for the second out of the sixth inning.

Tomas’ night was done as he was lifted for pinch-runner Cliff Pennington following his last at-bat.

“That was the plan; get him three at-bats,” Hale said. “If we’re tied or ahead, go to more of a defender at that point.”

The District Attorney Posted: April 22, 2015 at 01:47 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hale keeping tabs on Tomas, O’Brien at Triple-A Reno | dbacks.com

He’ll probably get over the yips. He still won’t be a decent catcher.

“He’s playing the outfield, he’ll play a little first,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said. “I think they are waiting about a month to get him back in there. Just to kind of clear his head and let him get off to a good offensive start.”

O’Brien’s days behind the plate, though, are not necessarily over.

“He had come a long way catching-wise and gained the trust of the pitchers,” Hale said. “I really feel like at some point there could be a chance he’ll get back there again, and it will be a quick [transition].”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien, yasmany tomas

Robothal: diamondbacks had nothing to do with fan covering up

Surprised this didnt get linked as well…......actually not surprised

shoewizard Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Arizona Diamondbacks call up Cuban OF Yasmany Tomas

This whole thing is working out great.

The Diamondbacks promoted Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas to the big leagues on Wednesday, a surprising move given the glut of position players already on the roster.

Just before Opening Day, the club optioned Tomas to Triple-A Reno, citing a lack of playing time and the desire for him to get regular at-bats to help in his development.

But an injury changed the equation for the Diamondbacks, who decided their need for another hitter in the majors trumped the need for Tomas to get consistent at-bats, particularly at a time when their 40-man roster options were limited.

“He’ll play off the bench for us,” [manager Chip] Hale said. “If there’s a start, we’ll see. I’m not sure.”

Tomas, whom the Diamondbacks signed in the offseason to a six-year, $68.5 million deal, was at the ballpark but not in the starting lineup for Wednesday night’s series finale against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

After hitting .257 with a .414 slugging in 70 at-bats in spring training, Tomas reported to Reno, where he went 4 for 21 (.190) with one homer and one double in 21 at-bats…

“I think we’re just going to have to play it by ear and see what happens,” General Manager Dave Stewart said. “We’re still trying to develop Yasmany and make sure he gets playing time.

“If he’s just here to hit and doesn’t get much time in the field, then that’s not beneficial to him and we’ll have to explore what our other options are at that time.”

Tomas could be an option in left field, right field or third base. However, Hale has been having trouble finding time for the four outfielders already here and has five infielders he’s been alternating between three spots.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2015 at 12:23 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, transactions, yasmany tomas

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dodgers fan is asked to wear Diamondbacks jersey

This policy is very lame.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL West Preview

Yasiel Puig bat flips and Hunter Pence GIFs.  What more do you need?

Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, giants, nl west, padres, rockies

Monday, March 30, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks encouraged by Yoan Lopez’s progress

Still, Lopez hasn’t yet shown the pure power stuff the Diamondbacks saw before they signed him. On the day they gave the Cuban right-hander an $8.27 million deal — and had to pay another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their bonus pool — Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart compared Lopez’s upside to that of a No. 1 overall pick. Stewart said Lopez had a mid-90s fastball that approached triple digits.

This spring, Lopez has mostly sat in the low-90s. In his start on Tuesday, he had dropped to the upper-80s by the third inning.

Gotta love the headline.  Lopez, Tomas, O’brien, Hellickson…....I see a pattern emerging.  Poor player evaluation.

shoewizard Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, diamondbacks, scouting

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Five toughest roster dilemmas this spring | MLB.com

Dan O’Dowd has been providing some great analysis on MLB Network this off-season. He’s spot on in this article.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Are D’backs in denial about $68.5M phenom or are harsh scouts wrong? | New York Post

In MLB if you are smarter than everybody else, you get a chance to prove it. Or not.

But — unprovoked — both Arizona chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart begin conversations by saying the D’backs will be better than critics are claiming, citing positional and starting depth and a credo to play hard and fundamentally well.

So is the chorus wrong, or are Arizona officials delusional about the roster in general and Tomas — who they still say can play third in the majors — in specific?

Stewart says because he is in his first year on the job, “I am looking at everything at arm’s length and not falling in love with the players just because they are our players.”

Nevertheless, Tomas represents the first huge outlay of the LaRussa/Stewart regime — the $68.5 million the second most given any Cuban import. The 24-year-old was mainly an outfielder in his homeland and there was strong sport-wide dubiety when Arizona said it would try to make him a third baseman. The doubt has only magnified with games, as scouts say Tomas lacks soft hands and he is too bulky to handle the position.

“Bobby Bonilla was the third baseman on a championship team and he was big,” Stewart said. “I already think [Tomas] is an average third baseman and he is such a hard worker that I think he can be better than average.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, peter o'brien, tony la russa, yasmany tomas

D-backs prospect O’Brien among 7 sent down | dbacks.com

Pete O’Brien can catch, they said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Will Ferrell now has his own Baseball Reference page

Will Ferrell is officially in the annals of baseball.

Baseball Reference, the online encyclopedia of America’s Pastime, has given the “Anchorman” star his own page on the site after Ferrell played in five different spring training games in Arizona on Thursday.

Before his odyssey began, Ferrell told a radio interviewer that he expected to raise $1 million to be used for college scholarships for cancer survivors. The entire tour was being chronicled by HBO for an upcoming special. Memorabilia from his journey is to be sold at auction on MLB.com with proceeds going to Cancer for College and Stand Up to Cancer. In his farewell speech, Ferrell introduced Craig Pollard, the founder of Cancer for College, saying the organization had given 2,000 scholarships to children with cancer over the past 20 years.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 23, 2015 at 01:29 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball reference, diamondbacks, will ferrell

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hale discusses state of the D-backs | dbacks.com

Hale: I think the toughest thing is what we’re going to do with Yasmany Tomas. Will he be at third or in the outfield? And then even there, we have so many good outfielders. I think that’s one of our issues. [Jake] Lamb has played well. He hasn’t played great where we can just say, ‘Yas, we don’t need you.’ We’ve got Drury, too, who is waiting in the wings. We’ve got [David] Peralta, [Ender] Inciarte, [Mark] Trumbo, [A.J.] Pollock in the outfield. I think it’s a tough decision, and it could be one where he ends up doing both. It could be something where it’s a mixture there if he makes the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jeff Wiser: Spring Notes From D-backs MLB Camp

Good stuff from a good blog.

shoewizard Posted: March 18, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, scouting, spring training, video

Monday, March 16, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks: Wait until next year? Or maybe year after? | FOX Sports

You don’t have to be a sabermetrician to know this is going to be a bad team in 2015.They have a catcher who isn’t much of a catcher. A third baseman who can’t really play third base. Their starting pitching looks to be bad, really, really bad. But don’t worry, they are smarter than everyone else.

For now, let’s just say that the D-backs will be, um, fascinating? I can’t go so far as to say they will be good, not when righties Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson are miscast as the team’s Nos. 1 and 2 starters.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 02:20 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tony la russa

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Early Returns On The Yasmany Tomas Third Base Experiment | FanGraphs Baseball

They may as well give the guy a little time. As the writer notes, it’s not like the D’Backs have much of a chance of making the playoffs anyway. From what I’ve seen and read so far, Tomas has not been pretty.

It was never likely that Tomas was going to stick at third, and while it’s far, far too premature to call it done, little we’ve seen so far indicates that the initial scouting reports were wrong. If he ends up in the outfield, what the Diamondbacks might have is a powerful righty hitter with questionable plate discipline who briefly tried to make it work at third base. If that sounds familiar, it should; back in November, when Jeff Sullivan tried to come up with player comps, Trumbo was high on the list. Arizona has to be hoping that Tomas ends up being more valuable than the intermittently useful Trumbo. If he is, it’s probably going to be on the outfield grass, not the infield dirt.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Room with a Stew: Towers lives with man who replaced him

This a an Odd Couple pairing that I’d actually watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, kevin towers

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