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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Diamondbacks on track to unveil humidor in 2018

University of Illinois physics professor emeritus Alan Nathan estimated last year in a study published online by The Hardball Times that the Diamondbacks’ humidor could make an even bigger impact than at Coors Field, in part because the average relative humidity in Phoenix is far lower than in Denver.“I am very comfortable saying that, with the humidor running at 50 percent and 70 degrees, there will a reduction in home run production at Chase by 25 to 50 percent,”

So I’m guessing JD Martinez might be rethinking a short term deal with Arizona…..

shoewizard Posted: February 14, 2018 at 01:09 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Friday, December 22, 2017

Diamondbacks agree to deal with Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano

The Diamondbacks are close to adding another late-inning option to their bullpen, agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano on what sources say is a two-year, $6 million deal.

Hirano, who turns 34 in March, has logged 143 saves for the Orix Buffaloes over the past five seasons. He owns a career 3.10 ERA in parts of 11 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s top league.

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Many moving parts to potential Zack Greinke trade

The danger in posting a two-day-old trade-rumor story is that it may have evaporated two days ago.  But the Rangers have been so quiet this winter (big acquisitions have been Doug Fister and somebody named Chris Martin whom I assume is not the Coldplay guy or the Jets’ running back) that I have to have something to muse about.

After walking around all off-season with their pockets turned out, the Rangers have engaged the Arizona Diamondbacks about right-hander Zack Greinke, the former Cy Young winner who is owed $126.5 million over the next four years.

It doesn’t take a math major to get the numbers right. That’s an average just under $32 million a season for a starting pitcher who is still regarded as one of the game’s best.

The math gets fuzzy thereafter, as the Rangers would need Arizona to take on the contract of Shin-Soo Choo and probably still have to eat some of what is owed to Greinke. The size of that chunk could fluctuate depending on if the Rangers add prospects and the quality of those prospects.

I don’t know if I like this idea.  I love my Shin-Soo Choo T-shirt and don’t want it to become obsolete.

BDC Posted: December 16, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rangers, trade rumors

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor are named NL/AL MOY by BBWAA

2007 Bob Melvin wins MOY, fired May 2009.  2011 Kirk Gibson wins MOY, Fired end of 2014. Hope this does not become trend for AZ.

shoewizard Posted: November 15, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bbwaa,, diamondbacks, manager of the year, twins

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks expected to pursue J.D. Martinez, agent Scott Boras says

As for the why the Diamondbacks might not be involved, it likely will come down to money. They enter the offseason with a roster projected to earn around $115 million when factoring in guaranteed contracts, arbitration raises and minimum salaried players. Trades and/or non-tenders could free up cash, but it likely would take a big increase in spending or a major trade or two for the club to afford what Martinez seems likely to command on the open market.

Also:
Jerry Crasnick
@jcrasnick
Teams that have reached out early on J.D. Martinez have gotten the impression Scott Boras is looking for something in the $200 million range.

Ha !

shoewizard Posted: November 08, 2017 at 07:25 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agency, j.d. martinez, scott boras

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Dodgers are dominant in sweep of Diamondbacks - LA Times

Yes they were.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 09, 2017

D-backs’ Zack Greinke doesn’t reveal strategy | MLB.com

The Poz tells some Zack Greinke stories.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, zack greinke

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen credits predecessors for playoff foundation

Byrnes praised Hazen’s ability to “thread the needle” by assembling a playoff team in a scenario complicated by a potentially narrowing window to win along with a challenging payroll situation.

“As much turnover as there is in the business, every new regime goes about assessing the assets they have and being smart about it, with players and otherwise,” Byrnes said. “It’s critical. It’s easy to repeal and replace everything, but you have to know when you have some good stuff already. They’ve done that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Once the broom, Arizona Diamondbacks in danger of getting swept

My preseason wager is in real danger.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, playoffs

Thursday, October 05, 2017


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Piecoro: Arizona Diamondbacks riding closer Fernando Rodney into postseason

If the Diamondbacks find themselves with a slim lead after eight innings on Wednesday night, they will put their season in the hands of a closer few in baseball trust. The bullpen door will swing open and Fernando Rodney will begin his slow trek to the mound. The image alone creates anxiety for Diamondbacks fans.

Good stuff on the ups and downs with Rodney this year.

shoewizard Posted: October 04, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: closers, diamondbacks

Saturday, September 30, 2017

D-backs rally to help Fuentes, Puerto Rico

Kendrick sends private jet to bring outfielder’s family to Arizona

shoewizard Posted: September 30, 2017 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general, puerto rico

Monday, September 25, 2017

Diamondbacks Clinch Playoff Berth

Go Diamondbacks!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks had a dinosaur throw out the first pitch - SBNation.com

Don’t worry; it wasn’t a real dinosaur.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Heyman | D-Backs GM Hazen Credits Past Regimes

My bank account would appreciate the D’Backs staying hot and winning the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 02:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Is the LeMahieu Shift the Boldest One Ever? | FanGraphs Baseball

Now this is a shift.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: d.j. lemahieu, diamondbacks, rockies, shifts

Diamondbacks blast Dodgers with 4-HR game from J.D. Martinez

Martinez became just the 18th player in baseball history to hit four home runs in a game, going deep in each of his final four trips to the plate to lead the Diamondbacks to their 11th consecutive victory, a 13-0 shellacking of the Dodgers.
....
The win left the Diamondbacks one win shy of their 2003 franchise record of 12 consecutive wins. It was their fourth during the streak that’s come against the Dodgers. Not long ago, the Dodgers had a chance at establishing an all-time wins record. On Monday, the Diamondbacks handed them their fourth consecutive loss and their ninth in the past 10 games.

The Dodgers suddenly look beatable, a fact that hasn’t been lost on the Diamondbacks.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 05, 2017 at 03:40 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, j.d. martinez

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nick Ahmed hit by a pitch on the same hand he fractured in June

Only days before he was expected back from the disabled list, Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed is hurt again.

Ahmed suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch during his rehab game on Sunday night and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, General Manager Mike Hazen said. That means the soonest he could come back is at some point during the postseason.

Hazen said the club will monitor the trade market for potential help but said he doesn’t expect to find much available. Players have to be in a new organization by August 31 in order to be eligible for the postseason. The Diamondbacks are expecting to get another injured shortstop, Chris Owings, back before the end of the year but he isn’t eligible to come off the 60-day DL until late September.

Ahmed missed the past two months with a fractured right hand and was expected back from the disabled list sometime this week. He suffered the injury during the second game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno and returned to Phoenix Monday to be examined by hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, nick ahmed

Monday, August 21, 2017

Colon becomes third active pitcher to beat all 30 teams

Minnesota Twins starter Bartolo Colon became the third active MLB pitcher to beat all 30 teams with a 12-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

“It means a lot to my career,” Colon said through a translator after matching the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer and the Cubs’ John Lackey, who accomplished the feat last season. “Now, I haven’t won in two stadiums, so that’s the next goal.”

Chris Fluit Posted: August 21, 2017 at 04:10 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, diamondbacks, john lackey, max scherzer, twins

 

 

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