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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Marte, D-backs pummel Red Sox with 7-run 6th

Ketel Marte hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Adam Jones — Boston’s former American League East nemesis with Baltimore — belted another homer in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 15-8 win Friday over the Red Sox in Phoenix.

Boston is 2-7 in its 11-game West Coast road trip to start the season. Arizona thrilled its fans with five home runs in its home opener after going 3-4 in its first seven games at Los Angeles and San Diego.

Marte’s home run in the fourth inning off Boston starter Rick Porcello (0-2) started a four-run rally, and his first career grand slam, off Brian Johnson, was part of a seven-run outburst in the sixth for the Diamondbacks.

And the hits just keep on coming!

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Diamondbacks’ Adam Jones has Petco Park fan ejected for vulgar language

SAN DIEGO — Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones said a fan in right field at Petco Park was berating him with profane language on Wednesday, and he spoke with ballpark security to have the fan removed from the game.

Jones has had past incidents with fans spewing racial insults – notably at Fenway Park in 2017 – but he said this did not rise to that level.

“These fans in sports, man, they’re starting to get a little more brazen,” Jones said. “I’ve said it many times, and obviously I’ve had altercations with fans. My biggest thing is, keep the banter polite – we suck, I struck out, the team’s not good. Keep it light, keep it smart. There’s kids in the stadium. But the second you start cussing me out like I’m a little kid, that’s a no-no.

We know the real crisis has begun when the fans start making up new lyrics to “Tessie” again.

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2019 at 05:12 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks, ejection, fans, petco park

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Greinke homers twice, fans 10 in Arizona’s 8-5 win vs Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zack Greinke’s incredible night at the plate and on the mound was overshadowed somewhat after Manny Machado was involved in an unusual batter’s interference call.

Greinke hit a career-best two homers and struck out 10 in six innings to rebound from a rocky opening day, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 8-5 Tuesday night in a wild game.

Greinke (1-1) allowed two homers to Hunter Renfroe but was otherwise stellar. He was backed by homers from John Ryan Murphy, Ketel Marte and Christian Walker. Wil Myers also went deep for San Diego.

Machado was called out in the sixth inning after dropping his bat near Murphy while the Diamondbacks catcher tried to catch a popup, a disputed decision that led to Padres manager Andy Green’s ejection.

Designated hitters?

The National League doesn’t have any designated hitters.

The National League doesn’t need any designated hitters.

The National League doesn’t have to show you any stinking designated hitters!

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, homers, zack greinke

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. needs season-ending knee surgery after slipping on home plate

On Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a substantial left knee injury that includes an ACL tear, LCL tear, partial PCL tear, and posterior lateral capsule tear. Souza exited Monday’s exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox at Chase Field after a scary slip while he was crossing home plate.

Souza, 29, missed most of 2018 because of injuries. He hit .220 with five home runs and 29 RBIs in 272 plate appearances (72 games) in last year. He had been pegged to serve as Arizona’s everyday right fielder, but the D-Backs will likely use veteran Adam Jones to fill the spot.

Jones signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Diamondbacks earlier this month. That leaves Ketel Marte in for the everyday role in center field and David Peralta in left. Jarrod Dyson projects to come off the bench as the Diamondbacks’ fourth outfielder.

Expecting people to start to argue that players need not run the bases in 3, 2, 1….

 

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:43 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, knee, steven souza, surgery

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Now with D-backs, Adam Jones eager for fresh start

“It was very humbling,” Jones said of the support. “I’ve played a lot of major league baseball games and against a lot of guys and the lasting relationships I’ve had throughout the game and the All-Star teams, it’s great that guys have my back. I’ve been a formidable force in the game. I know last year wasn’t the greatest year but it happened and I’m just glad to turn the page. I’ve got a new opportunity here so let me go try and maximize my opportunity.”

Jones batted .281 with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs in 145 games with the Orioles last season and his defensive statistics showed a decline. Was his value hurt because he didn’t grade well with the analytics folks?

“I don’t know,” Jones said. “All I know is that between the lines, I know I can play. That’s all to me personally that matters is that I know I can play between the lines. I know I can hit a fastball, I know I can hit a breaking ball.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Varsho slowing down to get quicker behind plate

One of the main things scouts thought Varsho needed to work on most coming out of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was his throwing behind the plate. He’s already made good progress, having thrown out 39.5 percent of potential base stealers in 2018, but he continues to work hard with coaches like Robby Hammock on his throwing.

“Everything about my game I have to keep improving,” Varsho said. “Throwing was a really big thing, just learning how my timing and rhythm with being able to transfer the ball, just to slow it down so my transfer can be clean and quick and I can have an accurate throw.”

That might sound counter-intuitive, slowing down to be quicker, but Varsho’s tendency to rush his throws has been one of his biggest areas of focus.

“That’s my problem, I speed up way too much where I kind of jumble and my arm tries to catch up,” Varsho said. “Now it’s just slowing down a little bit to where I can have a quicker transfer and a really good throw.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 09:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daulton varsho, diamondbacks, prospects

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Adam Jones deal with D-backs | MLB.com

Is this the best deal he had this winter or is it the best deal he could get now?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 10:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, diamondbacks

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lovullo’s contract extended 2 years by D-Backs through 2021

PHOENIX- The Arizona Diamondbacks have given manager Torey Lovullo a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.

Lovullo, 53, was a coach for manager John Farrell in Toronto and Boston, then was hired as Arizona’s manager in October 2016.

He was voted NL Manager of the Year in his first season after the Diamondbacks went 93-69. Arizona beat Colorado in the NL wild card game, then was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.

Well, it seems the manager job market is not much quicker than that for players….

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extension, diamondbacks, torey lovullo

Friday, December 21, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks hire Joe Garagiola Jr.

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that the team has hired Joe Garagiola Jr. as Special Advisor to Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall.

Garagiola Jr. rejoins the organization following 13 seasons at Major League Baseball.

Garagiola joined MLB in 2005 as Sr. Vice President of Baseball Operations and was promoted in 2011 to Sr. Vice President of Standards and On-Field Operations, where he was involved in a variety of matters including on-field discipline, uniforms, ground rules and official scoring appeals.

And, long before he got into baseball management:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LakxklKIrkg

QLE Posted: December 21, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, joe garagiola jr.

Friday, December 14, 2018

D-Backs believe path to contention doesn’t have to include teardown

Teams that try to just take a step back often play like teams that have been torn down. Maybe they will get lucky!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 10:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Monday, December 10, 2018

Arizona Diamondbacks hunt for value, not trades at MLB winter meetings

How much would they need to paydown Greinke to get something useful back?

Greinke remains a difficult player to move given the combination of his contract (he’s owed in the neighborhood of $95 million over the next three years), his no-trade clause (he can block a deal to 15 teams) and his age (he’ll pitch next season at 35).

Ray, however, figures to be the player whose name surfaces most often in trade rumors this week. He is relatively affordable (projected 2019 salary: $6.1 million), has the pure stuff of a frontline pitcher and still has two years to go before free agency. Though he is coming off a down season, he finished the year strong, and a source said the Diamondbacks are holding a “really high bar” in what they would need back in order to move him.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 12:20 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, robbie ray, zach greinke

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Recapping 2018: Arizona Diamondbacks Edition | The Process Report

If you like charts and graphs you are going to love this post.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2018 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Diamondbacks trade Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired slugger Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young, it was announced Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks also receive a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick from the Cardinals.

Goldschmidt is a free agent next winter.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:25 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, diamondbacks, hot stove, trade

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Patrick Corbin agrees to terms with Nationals

The Washington Nationals are adding another high-caliber pitcher to their rotation, reportedly agreeing to terms with free agent Patrick Corbin on Tuesday.

The Washington Post first reported that Corbin and the Nats had agreed to terms.

The 29-year-old Corbin, an All-Star selection in 2018, is coming off his best season, going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA while logging 200 innings for the second time in his career. Relying largely on his filthy slider, Corbin set a career high in strikeouts (246) after making his first Opening Day start for the Diamondbacks.

The Washington Post first reported that Corbin and the Nats had agreed to terms.

Looks like it’s 6 years and I’ve seen $125 million or $126 million.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: December 04, 2018 at 04:06 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, free agents, nationals

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Zack Greinke trade makes sense for these teams

This is a very funny line.

Yes, Greinke is 35 and has a big contract—three years and $104.5 million remaining through 2021—but that might lower the required return.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2018 at 01:32 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, zack greinke

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Escobar, D-backs agree to three-year deal

The D-backs made their first move of the offseason Monday by signing Eduardo Escobar to a three-year contract worth $21 million.

The deal puts a quality player under contract for a reasonable price. What it does not do, however, is answer the question of whether the D-backs plan on competing in 2019 or if they instead will trade some of their veterans and retool.

“I would ask and caution not to read into either side of those things, as much as I know fans are definitely going to want to do that,” D-backs general manager Mike Hazen said. “We totally understand. It’s a long process for the offseason. We still have some holes to fill, especially the pitching side of things and there’s going to be a lot of work left. This is a great first step for us but that’s what it is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, eduardo escobar

 

 

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