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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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The D-Backs Could Have a New Pitching Approach

The Diamondbacks have thrown low at a greater rate than average every year since 2009. Over the past three years in particular, they’ve exceeded the average by six, five, and six percentage points. In the spring-training data that’s been recorded, they’re lower than the average by two percentage points. No other team has seen so great a shift, which is what makes this notable.

Last year, the Diamondbacks had the highest rate, out of 30 teams. This spring, the Diamondbacks have the fourth-lowest rate, out of 16 teams for which any data exists. (There is no pitch information that comes out of Florida.) It’s important to consider the greater context, instead of numbers in isolation, because the baseline can and does move. Like, for example, you see that the league overall has thrown low less often this spring, if the data is to be believed. Maybe the instruments aren’t all properly calibrated. Or maybe teams really *are* throwing low less often, perhaps because a lot of baseball people believe the strike zone has shrunk. Within the context, the Diamondbacks have shifted. They’ve shifted by enough to warrant attention.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 03:19 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nick Piecoro: Zack Greinke goes 4 innings in final spring start

In his final start before Opening Day, right-hander Zack Greinke continued to show diminished velocity, and he gave up some hard-hit balls in his four innings against the Mariners. Greinke allowed three runs on six hits. He did not register a strikeout or issue a walk. “I’m as ready as I’m going to be getting ready for the season at the moment,” Greinke said. “There weren’t any setbacks or anything throughout camp.” His fastball topped at 90.4 mph, and according to GameDay data he topped 90 mph only three times. He did not throw a fastball harder than 91.8 mph this spring, according to available information. Last season, Greinke often was able to reach back for 93 mph or 94 mph when he needed it.

Only 5 yrs 172 M to go

shoewizard Posted: March 28, 2017 at 11:37 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, zack greinke

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Report: Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause dies at 77

Krause was known to have a rocky relationship with then-Bulls head coach Phil Jackson, with Jackson leaving after the 1998 season and the Bulls’ sixth title. Jordan also retired after that season, although he would later briefly return to play for the Wizards.

He retired as Bulls general manager in 2003, with an official explanation pertaining to his health, and amid a struggling Bulls rebuild around young players.

Prior to working for the Bulls, Krause, a Chicago native, scouted for a handful of NBA teams and also in baseball for the Chicago White Sox, also the property of Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Krause returned to baseball scouting after leaving basketball, working for the Yankees, Mets and most recently the Diamondbacks in scouting capacities.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2017 at 02:49 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jerry krause, mets, white sox, yankees

Monday, March 06, 2017

D-backs Oscar Hernandez and Brandon Drury played catch with one lucky fan during BP | MLB.com

Pretty cool for this kids. That it was caught on video is even better.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Early results promising for Diamondbacks rotation

“Nobody wants to go out there and have a year like that, but it’s part of the game,” Butcher said. “It’s a true test of how we are and how we can bounce back. I think we’re seeing a little taste of that early on in spring training. He’s throwing the ball extremely well his first two outings. Velocity aside, the curveball, the cutter, the change-up – it’s really, really good.”

Said Miller: “I feel good. My confidence is where it needs to be. I’ve still got some things I need to work on, stuff I need to stay true to and keep working, do all the things I need to do in between starts to make myself better. Mentally, physically and my confidence is good. I’m going to stay that way.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Monday, February 27, 2017

Diamondbacks may have ‘lightning in a bottle’ with Yuhei Nakaushiro

Starting with Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Hideo Nomo in 1995, every major league season – 22 years in a row – has featured at least one Japanese player making his major league debut. After an offseason in which no major Japanese players migrated to the majors, Nakaushiro represents the best chance – perhaps the only realistic chance – at keeping that streak alive this year.

Cool stuff about his slider in the article

shoewizard Posted: February 27, 2017 at 11:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

Sunday, February 26, 2017

AZ Snakepit: If Zach Greinke were a Free Agent today, what would he get ?

This is a fan post with a poll I put up at AZ Snakepit. I’m trying to get a handle on how other teams might view the value of Greinke’s contract, or rather how much of it is “negative value” I need some feedback from non D Backs fans without bias. Since I’m one of about 3 D Backs fans that frequently comment here, I figure this is a good place to get that feedback.  It should be noted that Greinke missed the last 3 starts of 2016 with a shoulder issue and is a week behind the other starters in Spring. Thanks in advance for the feedback in the comments section.

shoewizard Posted: February 26, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agent contract busts, general

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks shift focus to defense behind plate

“The catching staff tries to throw out attempted base-stealers 80-120 times a year as opposed to receiving 20,000 to 25,000 pitches a year,” Hammock said. “What do you want to emphasize?”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: catching, diamondbacks

Monday, February 20, 2017

Amiel Sawdaye on Arizona’s New Boston Culture | FanGraphs Baseball

On the potential of the 2017 Diamondbacks: “If you look at our team, our major-league team, there are some really good young players. I think most people identify with Goldschmidt and Greinke and Pollock — those guys are great players — but if you look down at the crux of the roster, we have Drury and Lamb and Owings and Ahmed. We have Corbin, Ray, Bradley… I mean, the list goes on and on. There’s a lot of good happening at the major-league level, and hopefully we can take advantage of that this year.

“I think we have a chance to have a bounce-back season. I believe these guys have a chance to kind of tell their own story, and create… it would be unfair to compare it to what happened in Boston in 2013, but in some ways I believe the ability is there to bounce back and prove people wrong. We have a lot of talented players.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Former D-backs GM Dave Stewart regrets trading Dansby Swanson, calls firing unfair

“I would probably say I should have stuck to my gut — although I think Shelby Miller is going to be everything I thought he was going to be when I traded for him,” Stewart said Wednesday on MLB Network Radio. “But my gut that whole time said I should not move Dansby Swanson.

 

 

shoewizard Posted: February 18, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, diamondbacks, general managers

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Sunday, February 05, 2017

OTP 6 Feb. 2017: Curt Schilling, Politics, and the Hall of Fame

Curt Schilling has said that his politics are costing him votes for the Hall of Fame. The other day here at NRO, Aaron Goldstein argued specifically that in the most recent balloting, earlier this winter, baseball writers backed away from Schilling because he supported Trump last year in the presidential election.

A few problems dog that theory. One is that Schilling did better in the 2017 voting than he’s done on average in his five years of eligibility.

(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: February 05, 2017 at 10:45 PM | 2003 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hall of fame, phillies, politics, red sox

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Royals acquire outfielder/catcher Peter O’Brien in trade with Arizona

“We’ve always liked his ability to hit with power,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said of O’Brien. “He’s got a couple of options remaining as well. So it fits in line with what we’re trying to do going forward.”

The options mean O’Brien can be stashed in the minor leagues for the next two seasons. A former catcher who has transitioned to the outfield, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound slugger lacks a natural defensive position. But the Royals also view him as a potential flier in a possible DH rotation in 2017.

“He gives up depth,” Moore said. “And we’re trying to balance the importance of winning in 2017 and, obviously, adding as much depth as we can — not only for now, but in the future.

“He’s a young position player; there’s not a lot of supply right now. So we’re trying to acquire as much quality offensive talent as we can. And he’s a player that we’ve had our eye on for a while.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:19 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, peter o'brien, royals

Arizona Diamondbacks sue Maricopa County to explore leaving Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County on Tuesday, seeking to break the team’s lease at Chase Field so that it can seek financiers to build a new stadium or renovate the 19-year-old ballpark.

The Diamondbacks’ lease with the county, which owns the stadium, prevents the team from talking with outside groups until 2024, and requires the team to play in its current home until 2028.

The Maricopa County Superior Court lawsuit is the latest twist in a long-running conflict over which party is responsible for as much as $187 million in repairs and upgrades to Chase Field. The team threatened to sue last year after negotiations with the county broke down.

The county argues that a portion of the upgrades are cosmetic and the team’s financial responsibility, and that the county will have enough money over the long term to meet its share of the obligations. The Diamondbacks counter that the county-run stadium district has not set aside enough money for needed upgrades and is risking safety.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 09:32 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, legal, stadiums

 

 

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