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Friday, October 02, 2015

Diamondbacks announcers’ selfie shaming needlessly alienates younger fans

Having a group of women taken to task by the broadcast booth during a meaningless game in late September for enjoying themselves is pretty silly. Presumably these women paid for a ticket, just like anyone else in attendance, and didn’t seem to be bothering anyone by snapping photos with their phones of their silly faces and giant churros, yet the television booth decided they were worthy of ridicule because they happened to be on their phones instead of using that time to watch every single minute of a nine-inning game. Welcome to 2015, gentlemen. Everyone is on their phone all the time. Baseball is a game with a lot of breaks and using that downtime to capture a fun moment with your friends shouldn’t make you the topic of a two-minute call-out. It just makes you a human in the 21st century.

Ironically, this mockery took place right as the broadcast team was pitching the T-Mobile Fan Photo promotion that encouraged fans to send in their pictures from the ballpark to be used on the broadcast. The promotion exists because people take their phones to game and snap photos of themselves, their friends, and their family enjoying the game. This group of women were doing just that. They paid for their ticket and seemed to be having a great time with one another. That’s what everyone should get out of a baseball game. Why would anyone want to participate in this promotion if they know they might be mocked for it?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 02, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, fans, selfies, women in baseball

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

5 MLB teams with offseason holes and in-season jackpots -

Getting lucky doesn’t hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, diamondbacks, giants, pirates, rangers

Friday, September 11, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks are not anti-analytics | FOX Sports

Like any aspect of team building, it’s important not to just have a system in place. You need to strive to have the *BEST* system.

“It was clear that we had to do more,” said La Russa, the D-backs’ chief baseball officer. “There is a lot of helpful information, important information you can use, whether you’re talking about drafting players, professional players, decision-making, how you put together a roster.

“We’re getting very close. We’re not perfect yet. It will take some time. Typically, it’s a struggle, one side pitted against another. But it seems like the whole organization is on the same page.

“Some teams do it better. Some have done it longer. But it’s nice to see us involved now in the sharing of that knowledge and more importantly in the acceptance of that knowledge.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, sabermetrics

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart: Padres asked for Paul Goldschmidt in trade

If this is true, it’s really a stupid way to conduct business. It’s a complete waste of time. Such an offer is predicated on the stupidity of the other guy. It’s insulting and counterproductive.

On the radio, he said the Diamondbacks “did not get a very positive response” from the Padres in their attempts to acquire Kimbrel, an All-Star closer. He was then asked if the Padres were reluctant to make a deal within the division.

“I don’t know if it was not wanting to trade in the division,” Stewart said, “but I can tell you the quality of players that they asked for, including our first baseman, Goldschmidt—”

Stewart was interrupted by one of the hosts, who asked if he was saying what it sounded like he was saying – that the Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel.

“Now you get it,” Stewart said. “I’ve had some dealings with their club during the winter meetings. You can’t fault a club for asking. You never know. On a given day, maybe I was injected with some kind of drug that would make me say yes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, padres, trade rumors

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Slot This: Examining Two Puzzlers Following an Otherwise Unsurprising MLB Draft Signing Deadline Day «

Some draft oddities.

The no. 2 pick, Alex Bregman, gave the Astros a discount in excess of $1.5 million, most of which went toward Houston signing the no. 37 pick, Daz Cameron, to a deal worth nearly two and a half times the draft slot value. That’s usually what happens when one player signs for less than his slot value: The money shows up later in the draft, allowing the team to grab another quality player who would’ve gone back to school unless the price was right.

Usually, but not in Arizona’s case. The Diamondbacks left $1.7 million of their bonus pool on the table, which, if not literally unprecedented, is still preposterously irresponsible. The draft, by design, allows teams to sign amateur players for far less than they’d be worth on the open market, not only by limiting the players’ negotiating leverage by restricting them to one team, but also by reducing the amount teams are able to pay them. Most teams lay out their draft plan and have a good idea what each player is going to cost in the early rounds, so that late on the third day they can take a few talented high schoolers who made clear their desire to go to college, then tempt those players with an over-slot bonus in case, say, an extra $1.7 million shows up unexpectedly.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks go down to wire with No. 1 pick

The slot system definitely removes a lot of leverage for most top picks.

The Diamondbacks have the second-biggest bonus pool, at $12,816,100, to spend on their top-10 picks. The first overall selection has a pool value of $8,616,900. Arizona has agreed to at-slot deals with each of their other top-10 draft picks, except for ninth-rounder Pierce Romero, who received just shy of $130,000 over slot.

That means the Diamondbacks should have plenty of cash to sign Swanson. That may not matter, as the industry consensus seems to be Swanson will sign for a below-slot deal. Since Major League Baseball introduced the bonus pool system in 2012, no top draft pick has signed for slot or more.

Arizona would seem to have the leverage with Swanson. The 2015 draft was seen as weak compared with past years, and if Swanson does not sign and returns to Vanderbilt for his senior year there’s no guarantee he would go first overall again. The Diamondbacks would lose his draft slot in that scenario, meaning the amount of money they can spend on draft picks without penalty drops from nearly $13 million to about $4.2 million, but they would receive the No. 2 overall selection in next year’s draft

That basically happened with the Astros and Aiken this year. It’s all “what-if” to Watson at this point, though.

“I don’t even think we’re at that stage,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson, diamondbacks

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

12 News (Phoenix): Piestewa family: Adding name to highway in bad taste

I have no problem with the temporary co-naming of the highway but IMHO not contacting the family beforehand was a pretty big misstep.

The family of Lori Piestewa said they were never contacted about a plan to place former Diamondback pitcher Randy Johnson’s name alongside Piestewa’s on the Piestewa Freeway.

Piestewa was killed in a firefight in Iraq in 2003. Private Jessica Lynch was kidnapped during that same firefight and was later rescued from captivity.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Gov. Doug Ducey’s office announced plans to place signs honoring Johnson, who played as number 51, along Highway 51, which is named the Piesetwa freeway. The signs were timed to coincide with Johnson’s Hall of Fame induction.

But Piestewa’s family said it was in poor taste to elevate a sports star to the same level as a fallen soldier, no matter how great his accomplishments on the mound. ...

The announcement by the Diamondbacks led to countless articles claiming the freeway would be renamed in honor of Johnson. Ducey’s office said that wasn’t true, the renaming is only temporary.

“We’re not renaming it,” Ducey’s spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said. “Our state obviously honors and continues to honor Lori Piestewa and her memory and her service.”

The signs are expected to be in place for three weeks, Scarpinato said.

Here’s an update.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 14, 2015 at 11:36 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, randy johnson

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Touki Toussaint hits 98 mph in start with Rome Braves

Maybe Stewart should get his organization’s radar guns checked.

General manager Dave Stewart defended the trade by downplaying Toussaint’s reported velocity of 96 mph, saying that the prospect had an inflated perception.

“To this point, he has pitched OK, he has pitched well,” Stewart told Fox Sports. “But guys are mentioning that he throws 96 mph. He hasn’t thrown 96 mph since he’s been here. We haven’t seen 96 once.”

But what about 98 mph?

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, that 96 mph plateau was selling Toussaint short. Rosenthal reported Monday that Toussaint’s fastball reached 98 mph in his Saturday start with the Class-A Rome Braves.

azcentral sports Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro brought Stewart’s comments into question after the trade in June.

He wrote:

That statement doesn’t match up with reports from others in the industry. Multiple sources say they saw Toussaint hitting the upper-90s in the rookie-level Arizona League last season. As for this year, his velocity might be a touch down but not much more. Multiple scouts say they had him up to 95 mph in outings with Low-A Kane County, and another scout said Toussaint topped out at 96 mph during an outing in May.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Corbin completes ‘long road’ back to Majors |

It had been 645 days since the left-hander had last pitched in a regular-season game and in between he had Tommy John surgery and went through a lengthy rehab. His reward for all that work came Saturday night when he picked up the win as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3.

“When they announced my name before pregame and the fans gave a pretty nice applause there, that gave me some chills and some butterflies,” Corbin said. “And after that seemed to calm me down. I just wanted to go out there and don’t overthrow and just throw a lot of strikes and I felt like I was able to do that tonight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Corbin could return Saturday to face Rockies |

D-backs manager Chip Hale said the club feels Corbin, who underwent Tommy John surgery, may be ready now to pitch in the Majors for the first time since 2013. If they opt instead to call up a starter from the Minors or use Josh Collmenter for a spot start, then Corbin will pitch once more for a Minor League affiliate on Saturday.

“We all feel like he’s ready, but we just want to make sure over these next few days that he feels the way he should feel, and that’s the way we want to go as a group,” Hale said. “Between the training staff and front office and the coaching staff, he’s ready to pitch, we’re just not 100 percent sure if we don’t want him to go out.”

Corbin made four rehab starts between Class A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Mobile. He pitched six innings and threw 79 pitches in his most recent outing for Mobile last Friday.

The original plan for Corbin’s week was for him to make one final rehab appearance for Triple-A Reno on Thursday before his return to the Majors in one of the D-backs’ two games against Texas next week.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mattingly: John McCain Dropped a Foul Ball. He’s Got a Good Excuse, Internet.

Lighten up, Costas Mattingly.

Now, McCain is pretty famous, and not just in the Washington sense. He was, after all, the Republican nominee for president in 2008. That generally puts your face and biography in front of a lot of the nation.

But apparently 2008 was a really long time ago, or perhaps parts of that bio didn’t quite stick. Like, you know, the fact his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and he was taken prisoner. Or the fact that he was captured with fractures in both arms, neither of which received much care from his captors. Or, the fact that because of those injuries and the lack of care he received during his five-plus years of captivity, he can’t raise his arms above a certain point. All of these facts would seem to be important to include when you choose to mock the Arizona senator for his inability to catch a foul ball…right?

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Not so much, Sports Illustrated.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, fans, john mccain

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bradley to get second opinion on shoulder |

It’s never good when this happens.

D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley will have his shoulder examined by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews as the team tries to get to the bottom of the discomfort he experienced during a rehab start Wednesday night.

Bradley was on the DL with what the team said was shoulder tendinitis, and after his first rehab start Wednesday, he once again complained of soreness. Bradley allowed three runs on six hits while striking out three over four innings in that game with GM Dave Stewart in attendance.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: archie bradley, diamondbacks

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Virginia Wins First College World Series Title

[bq]Turning Point: Pavin Smith’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth tied the game and gave Virginia momentum it would continue to build on for the rest of the night.
The Hero: Starting on three-days’ rest, Virginia lefty Brandon Waddell gave up two runs in the first but settled down quickly. Waddell ended up working seven innings and didn’t allow another run, holding the Commodores to just four hits.
You Might Have Missed: The CWS ended averaging 8.38 total runs per game, the highest figure of the TD Ameritrade Park era. The final CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium (and with the old bats) in 2010 averaged 9.6 runs per game[/bq]

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mental approach raises Goldschmidt’s game |

“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” ~ Yogi Berra

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Sunday, June 21, 2015

D-backs trade Arroyo, Toussaint to Braves |

Another nice trade for John Hart.

The D-backs announced on Saturday that they have traded right-handed pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint to the Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bronson arroyo, diamondbacks, phil gosselin, touki toussaint, trades

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Paul Goldschmidt Dinger Test | FanGraphs Baseball

The wonder of Paul Goldschmidt.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Monday, June 15, 2015

3 reminders that long extensions for young players are still risky

Jedd Gyorko

He was a 24-year-old rookie middle infielder who hit 23 homers while playing half his games in Petco Park. How do you not want to lock that guy up? The only real question is when to stop offering him more and more years on the extension. He had a 113 OPS+ when he was 24, which meant it was reasonable to expect even more from him as he entered his prime, and that even more would mean he would be a perennial All-Star.

Instead, he was one of the worst everyday players in baseball last year, hitting .210/.280/.333. He’s hitting .210 again this year, and he’s doing it with even less power. There was a glimmer of hope last year, as Gyorko got relatively hot after the All-Star break, but he lost his job to Cory Spangenberg this season and was banished to the minors again. He’s 26 now, and he’s been a .220-or-worse hitter for almost two calendar years now. He’ll make $13 million in 2019, which is an absolutely stunning amount for a player struggling this mightily.

Even when the problem with a pitcher is hard to diagnose, like with Cahill and Romero, there’s still an element of assumed risk that’s easy to understand because pitchers are supposed to be fragile and mercurial. Gyorko reminds us that hitters can be just as weird, and considering how far removed we are from the version the Padres thought they were locking up, it looks like the problem had more to do with poor evaluation and overreacting to a fast start. It’s the new front office regime that has to pay for it, too.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Forgot About A.J. (Pollock) | FanGraphs Baseball

A.J. Pollock is a very, very good player.

The National League has a lot of talented outfielders, and right now Pollock isn’t among their most popular. That’s OK. The Diamondbacks are still a long way from contention, and even with Paul Goldschmidt and Pollock, they certainly don’t have a high-powered attack, so if it’s deemed that Goldschmidt is their only All-Star, well there are worse fates. A.J. Pollock missed half of last season, and as such a lot of casual fans probably don’t know about him yet. But Pollock certainly deserves strong consideration. He has been among the game’s elite for more than just this season, and he plays a really fun brand of baseball — he doesn’t do anything poorly, and he does several things well. Those types of players are fun to watch. Hopefully this will be the last time the voters can say that they forgot about A.J.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Handicapping No. 1 Draft pick candidates |

Jonathan Mayo throws out two new Tyler “darkhorses” for the Diamondback’s first pick, Tyler Stephenson and Tyler Jay.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks ship Mark Trumbo, Vidal Nuño to Seattle in six-player deal

Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno to the Mariners. Wellington Castillo, and Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero to the D’Backs.

The 28-year-old Castillo represents a veteran option with a steady offensive reputation. He has a career .708 OPS, although has struggled to find his swing in limited time this season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.

That likely made him attractive to Seattle, which has limped along in the American League West thanks to an offense ranked second-to-last in the AL. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Seattle reporters Trumbo will split time between designated hitter and a corner outfield spot.

The idea that he would be moved wasn’t a total shock to Trumbo.

“You start to hear things and whatnot,” he said. “You do your best to block it out. If there’s rumors of things happening, then there’s probably some ounce of truth to some of it at least.”

Nuño also filled an obvious need for the Mariners, who lost starter James Paxton to a finger injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks. The team also has been without right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma since late April. Nuño said he was told he’d be in the Seattle rotation, a welcome development for him after he was unable to crack the starting five in Arizona this year.


Arizona also acquired Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero. Reinheimer is an infielder without much of an offensive track record, although Stewart said top scout Mike Russell believes the 22-year-old could be “a front-line shortstop.”

The real get could be Guerrero, a 21-year-old outfielder and the nephew of former big-league great Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero was rated the No. 7 prospect in the Mariners’ system before the trade, and although he’s started slowly in his first taste of Double-A

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trades

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Confusion within the Diamondbacks? Prospect Peter O’Brien’s position still undetermined

On Sunday afternoon, the Triple-A Reno Aces’ official account tweeted about a diving catch by Diamondbacks prospect Peter O’Brien, mentioning within the tweet that one day earlier O’Brien had “made the decision” to become a full-time outfielder.

This was news. Only a couple of days prior, O’Brien had been called a potential everyday, big-league catcher by manager Chip Hale. Shortly after the tweet was sent out it was confirmed by a Diamondbacks official….........

Then on Monday afternoon, Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart sounded bothered by the chain of events. He said he hadn’t spoken to O’Brien and that the organization had not made a decision about his future position.

“That was a conversation he had with Phil Nevin,” Stewart said. “We’ve been accommodating to him all spring training and out of spring training.
“We’re never going to let a player dictate to us what he wants to do. We’ll sit down and, as a group, discuss and talk about what we should be doing and what the best direction is for a player. We’re never going to let a player tell us what he’s going to do and what he’s not going to do.”

Oh Brother…what a mess.

shoewizard Posted: June 03, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Gosewisch done for year with torn ACL |

What a tough break for Tuffy. At his age, he may never get another opportunity to start. With the recent positive feedback about Pete O’Brien’s defense and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s current talent level, I bet it won’t be too long before O’Brien gets his chance.

D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a full tear of the ACL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the club announced during Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tuffy gosewisch

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Diamondbacks draft: ‘Dynamic’ Dansby Swanson could be pick at No. 1

Swanson hit .333/.411/.475 with 27 doubles and three homers in 282 at-bats as a sophomore; he was at .350/.438/.654 with 21 doubles and 13 homers entering NCAA Regional play. Last year, he took home College World Series MVP honors as Vanderbilt won its first men’s title of any kind in school history.

“The thing that is noticeable about Dansby and guys like him who play at that level, is that they rise to another level when things matter,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. “When something is on the line or there is a moment, he thrives in it. He’s got an extra gear. … He has that ability in so many different ways.”

Like Garciaparra, Swanson has a unique first name rooted in family tradition; “Dansby” is his mother’s maiden name.

“Both of her brothers either didn’t have kids or they had girls,” Swanson said, “so it’s kind of keeping the name going, I guess.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson, diamondbacks

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

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