Official Site of the Diamondbacks: D-backs 'continue to be cautious' with health of ace
MESA, Ariz. -- The good news for Zack Greinke is that the groin tightness that took him out of Wednesday's start after one inning appears minimal and is not raising significant health issues. The bad news for anyone who took Greinke in the Opening Day starter sweepstakes is that cutting short his scheduled five-inning Wednesday outing could well mean the D-backs ace is not on the hill when they start the season against the Rockies on March 29."Zack went through a throwing program today, and he actually said he felt good, but we're going to continue to be cautious through this whole process," manager Torey Lovullo said before Thursday's game with the Cubs.
azcentral.com: Albert Pujols must retire to join Hank Aaron and Willie Mays in 3,000-600-.300 club
If you love baseball milestones the way I do, then you don't want Albert Pujols to play another game in the majors.And it might be up to Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler to stop him!
Pujols has 3,202 hits, 656 home runs and a .300 career batting average.
He's one of three guys -- three -- in the 150-year history of the sport in the 3,000-600-.300 club. The other two are Henry Aaron and Willie Mays.
Babe Ruth doesn't have enough hits. (And if that isn't one of the greatest sentences I've had the distinction to type, I don't know what is.
azcentral.com: Curt Schilling among former Arizona Diamondbacks on 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot
The 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released on Monday and the list has a lot of names familiar to Arizona Diamondbacks fans.Several of the team's former players are on the ballot, including pitcher Curt Schilling, who is on the ballot for the eighth straight year.
In his 20-year MLB career, Curt Schilling went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA.
He played in 569 games and had 83 complete games. He pitched 3,216 innings and struck out 3,116 batters. He walked 711 batters.
The former Phoenix Shadow Mountain High and Yavapai College standout was known for his MLB postseason prowess, having gone 11-2 in the playoffs with a 2.
AZ Snake Pit: SnakePit Round Table: Astrogate
Jack: Not Houston specifically. I'd already soured on the organization in general. However I have defended AJ Hinch through the Taubman scandal/firing. But in this case, I can't defend him at all. He was dismissive in a condescending way when this possibility was first raised, and now he has egg on his face. Of course he knew, certainly allowed it, and probably had some involvement in coordinating it. The fact that other teams are probably cheating does not mitigate the offense here. Bad form AJ.Makakilo: Yes. Recently, their culture was revealed in an unfavorable light.
AZ Snake Pit: 2019 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #37 Jon Duplantier
Rating: 4.94Age: 24
2019 Stats: MLB 36.2 IP, 15 G - 3 GS, 1-1, 4.42 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 1.555 WHIP
2019 Salary: Minimum
2020 Salary: Pre- Arb Minimum
Jon Duplantier was a 3rd round draft pick out of Rice University in the 2016 draft. The big right hander (6'4", 225 lbs) showed a lot of upside with a mid 90's fastball and good changeup and curve. HERE is a good scouting report heading into the 2016 draft. However he missed all of 2015 with a shoulder impingement however.
AZ Snake Pit: 2019 SnakePit Play of the Year: The finalists
The qualifiers for Play of the Year have been completed, and it was fascinating to see what made it through. We actually have six candidates, despite there being four categories. One was a tie which even I wasn't willing to decide, so I sent both plays through (as we'll see, two more polls were also decided by incredibly slim margins). We also have a "wild-card" candidate, nominated in the comments of one of the post, which the judging committee i.e. me, decided was worthy of inclusion. Here are the six candidates for discussion. This choice promises to be a lot harder, since we're now going across categories: how do you compare a home-run to a diving stop?
azcentral.com: Cody Bellinger makes Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona history with 2019 NL MVP award
Skip to main contentCody Bellinger became the first Los Angeles Dodgers player to win the NL MVP award since Clayton Kershaw in 2014 on Thursday.
He was also the first Dodgers first positional player to take home the award since Kirk Gibson in 1988.
Bellinger also became the first National League or American League MVP to be born in Arizona or to attend an Arizona high school.
Bellinger was born in Scottsdale and went to Hamilton High School in Chandler.
Some players who went to an Arizona college have won the MVP award for baseball's regular season (ASU's Dustin Pedroia, Barry Bonds and Reggie Jackson), but none of them are from Arizona, giving the state some bragging rights.
AZ Snake Pit: Ketel Marte finishes 4th in NL MVP voting
Ahead of Marte, Bellinger had 19 first-place votes for 362 points, while Christian Yelich got ten and 317 points, while Anthony Rendon got the remaining top spot and 242 points. Marte finished on 198. Marte was mentioned on all thirty ballots cast, with a majority (18) putting him in fourth spot. Three writers had him ranked in the top three, including Zach Buchanan of The Athletic. The lowest placing was seventh, by Bob Nightengale - about which the less said, probably the better, but we've already crossed paths with him...It was a breakout season for Marte, who came within a single hit of becoming the first player in franchise history to win the National League batting title.
azcentral.com: Dodgers' Cody Bellinger edges out Brewers' Christian Yelich for NL MVP Award
USA TODAYIt was a friendly non-rivalry turned into what looked like a relatively contrived ad campaign. After all, in baseball, there are no one-on-one matchups between position players, and so Major League Baseball's decision to pit Cody Bellinger against Christian Yelich, to "run it back," as the two photogenic lefty sluggers put it, seemed forced, at best.
Except it worked.
Bellinger and Yelich dominated the National League landscape in 2019, pushing themselves and their Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers to greater heights, more than justifying the 60-second ad and the decision to mic the two up for an inning of the All-Star Game in July.
azcentral.com: Diamondbacks' arbitration class could leave holes to fill
Skip to main contentThe Diamondbacks enter the offseason with a variety of areas in which they could upgrade their team but with only a handful of actual holes on the roster. Next winter shapes up to be entirely different, and General Manager Mike Hazen says it is something he will remain cognizant of as he works his way through the winter.
"Having some eye to 2021 is part of what we're calculating now," he said. "Those decisions at the sole expense of 2020? No."
The Diamondbacks have seven potentially significant contributors slated to go through their final season of arbitration eligibility next year: starters Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker, outfielders David Peralta and Steven Souza Jr.
azcentral.com: Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama could be a fit for Diamondbacks
Skip to main contentWith the domestic free-agent market short on appealing options and the cost on the trade market potentially prohibitive, the Diamondbacks might turn to Japan in their hunt for a center fielder.
At the general manager's meetings on Tuesday, the Diamondbacks' Mike Hazen acknowledged his club's interest in Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama, an unrestricted free agent who is said to be looking to make the jump to the major leagues.
"We think he's a good player," Hazen told reporters. "... We're in the outfield market, the center-field market, specifically.
AZ Snake Pit: 2019 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #36, Matt Andriese
Rating: 4.41Age: 30
2019 Stats: 5-5, 4.71 ERA, 54 G, 70.2 IP, 79 SO, 1.401 WHIP
2019 Salary: $920,000
2020 Status: Arbitration 2 ($1,400,000) Introduction
Matt Andriese was acquired by the Diamondbacks just prior to the 2018 trade deadline in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league pitcher, Brian Shaffer and minor league catcher, Michael Perez. Perez was immediately added to Tampa Bay's 25-man roster and has been a mainstay since. The deal was likely the first of Mike Hazen's tenure as GM that felt poorly-judged.
azcentral.com: Juiced-ball debate looms over MLB as GMs gather in Paradise Valley
Skip to main contentSportsPulse: The 2019 Washington Nationals should always be remembered for slaying Goliath and winning their first ever title. But as Trysta Krick puts it, maybe they were Goliath all along. USA TODAY
Watching from afar, Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray noticed something different about the baseballs in play during the postseason last month. For six months, the majors experienced a home run explosion. In October, Ray noticed, the opposite was true.
"They went back to the old baseballs," Ray said. "It looked like it, anyways."
The numbers support what Ray thought he saw, and the difference between the way the balls flew during the regular season with how they behaved in the postseason makes for a confusing juxtaposition as the offseason gets underway.
AZ Snake Pit: 2019 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #37, Robby Scott
Rating: 4.01Age: 30
2019 Stats: 1-0, 4.91 ERA, 11 G, 7.1 IP, 9 SO, 2.045 WHIP
2019 Salary: Minimum
2020 Status: Pre-Arbitration Introduction
The switch-hitting, left-handed pitching Robby Scott went undrafted in 2011 Scott. However, Scott caught on with the Yuma Scorpions and didn't allow a run, while striking 19 batters, in 11 innings. That prompted the Boston Red Sox to sign him as a non-drafted free agent on August 9. He finished the year with a 0.75 ERA in 24 innings, striking out 35 batters in 24 frames.
azcentral.com: Birthday boy Zack Godley picks Diamondbacks up to lead win over Padres
According to the Diamondbacks' game notes distributed to members of the news media on Saturday, right-hander Zack Godley is an avid bass fisherman who, as luck would have it, has sunk two bass boats.One of the boats belonged to his father and Godley managed to sink it during a hunting trip that apparently had nothing to do with fishing at all.
The only things the Diamondbacks' pitcher sank on Saturday night at Chase Field were the Padres. Godley delivered his third strong start of the season and chipped in with an RBI single on his 28th birthday to help Arizona beat San Diego 6-2 and allow the Diamondbacks a chance to capture their seventh straight series' win if they pull out a victory on Sunday.