Thursday, April 14, 2016
He was probably offended by their new uniforms.
D-backs manager Chip Hale wasn’t sure what Rick Honeycutt was yelling towards the Arizona dugout after Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, but the very fact that the Dodgers’ pitching coach was doing so angered Hale.
Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
Sunday, April 10, 2016
“If everything goes extremely well it’s going to be at least three months before A.J. is going to be released to start baseball activities,” Sheridan said. “It could be the entire season, but I’m very hopeful and look forward to the day that we see A.J. run out of the dugout and take his position and have a good playoffs this year.”
Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
Saturday, April 02, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Among those competing for a roster spot are catcher Chris Herrmann and reliever Enrique Burgos. Both are former clients of Stewart, the club’s GM. Both are current clients of Murray, the GM’s wife.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
More than any other 10 organizations combined? Ahh, no.
Because the Diamondbacks have endured more outside noise about how they do business than any other 10 organizations combined. “We’ve heard it,” manager Chip Hale said. How do you miss it?
They are the majors’ piñata, they just don’t seem to care much. You have a mom-and-pop franchise like the Rockies that operates outside the mainstream, and more scouting-centric franchises such as the Giants, Royals and Twins that have resisted letting advanced analytics steer their decision-making. But no organization is exactly like the D’backs. At a time when more clubs favor the passionless revelations of a computer, the D’Backs navigate by the twisting, turning emotions of their owner, Ken Kendrick, and the seasoned baseball guts of Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart.
Posted: March 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 27 comment(s)
Friday, March 25, 2016
I’m very big on Corbin this season.
In one respect Corbin is a different pitcher than he was in ’13. That season he used his changeup just 9.98 percent of the time, relying primarily on his fastball and slider. But he’s wanted to protect his elbow by throwing fewer sliders so the changeup has become a bigger part of his repertoire. He’s used it 16.49 percent of the time in spring training – comparatively, he’s thrown his slider 14.43 percent of the time – and it’s become an effective complement to his hard stuff.
“I think that will be just another weapon to get them off the slider,” Corbin said.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
This is not a problem.
Manager Chip Hale told the New York Post’s Joel Sherman on Thursday that he could go “Maddon-esque” and rotate the three players in the two spots.
General manager Dave Stewart, however, did not sound enthused about that idea.
“You could probably do that,” Stewart told FOX Sports. “But I don’t know how productive that would be for any of them, I really don’t. It will be a question that we would have to answer in the next week or two.”
Posted: March 24, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
Monday, March 07, 2016
It’s nice expressing confidence in a player. I’m sure they will be very happy with close to average.
For outfield coach Dave McKay, the expectations on left fielder Yasmany Tomas’ defense are anything but tepid.
“No, average is out the door,” McKay said. “He’ll be much better than average. I like to say he’s going to be a good outfielder. Not an average outfielder, I’m saying he’s going to be a good outfielder.”
That’s asking a lot for player who rated among the worst defensive outfielders in baseball last season. But if the early returns in the Cactus League are any indication, Tomas could be in line for an improvement.
He hasn’t been perfect in left field, but he has been pursuing balls more aggressively than he did last year, twice going into the corner to field base hits faster than he did for most of last season.
Posted: March 07, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
I have found this to be true.
“From what I’ve gathered,” Collmenter said, “pitchers are the more intelligent species anyway, so it’s a lot easier to talk to them than it would be some of the position players.”
Posted: February 23, 2016 at 09:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
Thursday, February 11, 2016
I would think at least one of these judgments will be wrong.
For Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays are paying for an expected increase due to his MVP season this season, but in the case of the other three players, the teams are paying more in case of an even further breakout for these players. The teams did not receive the typical discount given for two-year contracts, and the only way the team ends up ahead is with an MVP-like season. Given the caliber of these players and the salaries they’re receiving, the team is unlikely to end up behind with these contracts, but they are a departure from the deals that have been made over the past few years.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Segura, who turns 26 on March 17, rejected a seven-year, $40 million extension with an option for an eighth year in the spring of ’14, according to major-league sources. He felt he deserved better, particularly since the Braves had just signed Andrelton Simmons to a seven-year, $58 million deal.
“I think the change will do him good,” Roenicke said. “I really like how (the Diamondbacks) play. They’re aggressive. They’ve got some really good leadership with (Paul Goldschmidt). They all buy into it. The center fielder (A.J. Pollock) is a great player, and he buys into that kind of work ethic, too.
“(Segura) needs to be happy. He plays better when he’s happy. When he first came over (in the trade), he was smiling all the time. You’d walk by him in the batting cage, and he would be smiling, laughing.
“You didn’t see that much from him in ’14 and the beginning of ’15 (while Roenicke was still manager). Being around guys who are relaxed and having fun, that’s what makes me think he can get to back where he was.”
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
“The Brewers and D-backs made a Saturday splash with a five-player trade that sent shortstop Jean Segura and Southern League ERA champ Tyler Wagner to Arizona for right-hander Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill and Minor League shortstop Isan Diaz. The Brewers also received cash in the deal, presumably to cover some of the $12 million due to Hill in the final season of the veteran’s three-year contract.”
Posted: January 30, 2016 at 06:57 PM | 19 comment(s)
Friday, January 15, 2016
Somewhere Brian Kenny is smiling.
“It opened my eyes about how baseball really is and how wins and losses (for a pitcher) don’t really matter so much, but, at the same time, how great they are,” Miller said. “I want to win every game I pitch. It’s a crazy game and you can have a good game and still get the loss.”
Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
I’ve read some criticism of Stewart for not wanting to give up the pick to sign Kendrick. Since the D’Backs are rumored to be talking to Kendrick, it seems he made the statement to lower Kendrick’s asking price. I doubt the difference between Kendrick and the other second base options would be worth losing the pick anyway.
“We’re not going to give up the pick,” Stewart said of the D-backs, who have the 37th selection (Competitive Balance Round A). “It’s just tough after we’ve already given up our first pick. To give up our top two picks, that would be difficult for us to do.”
Instead, it sounds like the D-backs will count on more production out of Chris Owings, who struggled offensively last year after having to rework his mechanics following left shoulder surgery, and others as a way to make up for the loss of outfielder Ender Inciarte, who was dealt to the Braves.
Posted: January 05, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
Thursday, December 31, 2015
“If your pitching and your defense, if they play well, then we can afford to give up some offense,” Stewart said. “We’re just being cognizant and, quite frankly, doing my job to look at everything and the areas that may be deficient. And if we are deficient in some areas, then I’ve got to try to improve them if I can.”
Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will help the Braves better compete in 2016.
Think about it: The Braves traded one season of Jason Heyward for four of Miller, plus pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins. They have turned that into Swanson, Blair, Inciarte and Jenkins — an undeniably strong haul for an outfielder who was entering his free-agent year.
The early reviews are in. The early reviews mean nothing. But once again, baseball people are looking at the D-backs and saying, “Huh?”
Friday, December 04, 2015
Didn’t see this one coming.
The D-backs have reached an agreement with free-agent starting pitcher Zack Greinke, pending a physical, according to a baseball source. The club has not yet confirmed the news.
You can click through to view the fashion show. The Jetsons would approve.
The D-backs will have plenty of uniform combinations to choose from in 2016, as the team on Thursday unveiled eight uniform sets, which can also be mixed and matched to form even more looks.
“My head is spinning kind of figuring out what kind of matching they’re going to do,” outfielder A.J. Pollock said. “We have so many different types of combinations we can do with them. They all look good, and it will be interesting to see what the fans think.”
Posted: December 04, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
Monday, November 30, 2015
The D-backs made a six-year, $120 million offer to free-agent right-hander Johnny Cueto earlier this month that was turned down, a baseball source told MLB.com on Sunday night.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
The rebuilding Phillies acquired righthander Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for pitching prospect Sam McWilliams.
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