Arizona Diamondbacks News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
AZ Snake Pit: The Dave McKay Interview
At the suggestion of Red_Leader, we reached out to the Diamondbacks PR department to request an interview with Dave McKay. Since Dave is quite busy these days getting ready for the season, I was really appreciative of getting this opportunity and ample time to interview him.
As the First Base Coach, Dave is responsible for coaching the players on base running, and also serves as the outfield coach. Long a favorite of the Snakepit due to his work with baserunners and outfielders, areas the team has excelled in since he arrived, you can read Dave's bio HERE
When you first meet him face to face, you realize he is an extremely fit 68 year old.
azcentral.com: Arizona Diamondbacks' offense has been quiet in Cactus League play
Most are expecting the Diamondbacks to be challenged to score runs in the post-Paul Goldschmidt era. They have lived up to those expectations through the bulk of the exhibition season.
The Diamondbacks entered Friday with 120 runs scored in 27 games. No Cactus League team had scored fewer runs other than the Seattle Mariners (113 runs) and Oakland Athletics (92), who had played 21 and 19 games, respectively, a shorter schedule due to their season-opening series in Japan.
Spring training stats, of course, often are not predictive for a variety of reasons. For one, starters usually only get get two or three at-bats per game for the first few weeks of camp.
He homered and drove in 4 runs earlier today.Now, get to know more about #Dbacks outfielder @SimplyAJ10. https://t.co/gaIb7IZ4Fz
AZ Snake Pit: Snake Bytes 3/19: Happy Days
[D'backs.com] 10 days to go: D-backs face roster crunch - We're going to discuss the remaining roster spots 17,000 times over the next 7 days. Because Spring Training. Alex Avila and John Ryan Murphy might need to wield churro dogs in a duel to determine who gets to stay on the team. Hopefully.
[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks announce 3 new food items in partnership with SI - Since we're already on the topic, it's that time of year again where the D'backs drop their diabolical culinary creations on us. Incoming hot take.
AZ Snake Pit: Adam Jones Rakes, Matt Koch Bakes
Today's game was somewhat unusual to follow as it was a "webcast" on MLB.com, with visual and stadium sound, but no announcers. I actually kinda liked it once I got used to it. Gameday did not have any pitch info, just at bat results. Pitch info on gameday would have been helpful perhaps.
Adam Jones was the hitting star, leading off the game with a solo homerun to left off Dodger starter Dennis Santana. He also delivered a bases loaded single in the 2nd, and just for good measure, a bases loaded HBP in the 6th, to finish his day 2 for 3 with 4 RBI
Christian Walker added to his excellent spring totals with a triple, two walks, and 3 runs scored.
Pavin Smith must've been excited about his Virginia Cavaliers finally beating a 16 seed. #DbacksSpring https://t.co/WCG6m79ISR
AZ Snake Pit: Spring Training Gameday Thread, #29: 3/22 @ Dodgers
Something of a dress rehearsal for Opening Day, with the Diamondbacks visiting the Dodgers. That said, it won't be Matt Koch pitching for Arizona next Thursday, and I doubt it will be John Ryan Murphy who will be catching Zack Greinke. The rest of the line-up though, does look fairly close to what I'd expect. We're at that point of spring training where we can now expect to see the bulk of starters actually starting, and perhaps even staying in for the entire game. Koch is still on the bubble in terms of a position.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the first home run of #DbacksSpring for @SimplyAJ10. https://t.co/OZgi4l07eO
AZ Snake Pit: Crowd Sourcing Diamondbacks Over/Under Projections: #40 Nick Green
NOTE: I was going to end this series at Tomas, but there is still a chance that Green makes the opening day roster rather than being sent back to the Yankees, so figured I better add him.
If familiar with this series go ahead and skip to poll. If not, please read on.
This series of articles will run from now until shortly before opening day. The purpose is to crowd source the D-Backs fans of this website to get a sense of how they feel about the prospects of each individual player on the 40 man roster.
AZ Snake Pit: Diamondbacks make eight roster moves
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks made 8 roster moves and have 34 active players left in camp.
Optioned to Triple-A Reno:
Reassigned to Minor League camp:
RHP Rubby De La Rosa
INF/OF Yasmany Tomas
Locastro is the only one of these players on the 40-man roster, which is presumably why he was optioned rather than re-assigned. On the non-roster invitees side, we bid farewell to Rubby De La Rosa and Yasmany Tomas, despite both having put up decent numbers in spring training.
AZ Snake Pit: Snake Bytes, 3/22: Money, money, money
[dbacks.com] D-backs pleased with M. Kelly's progress - "I think the first couple, those are behind me," said Kelly, who is expected to be the team's fifth starter. "The first couple were just a lot of nerves, a lot of emotions, a lot of excitement, and just [the] first couple of games of spring -- just trying to get my feet underneath me and putting a little too much emphasis on those first two games. I like the way I've been able to progress from start to start. For Spring Training, I think that's the key."
[Arizona Sports] D-backs' Merrill Kelly pitches five innings, allows one run to LA Angels - Kelly said his two-seam fastball in particular had extra motion.
AZ Snake Pit: Spring Training Gameday Thread, #26: 3/19 vs. Padres
Outside of the battery, this line-up has the distinct possibility of something not too far removed from the Opening Day line-up next week against the Dodgers. 1B may depend on the recovery of Lamb's back, which looks likely according to the latest reports - but possibly also who starts for the Dodgers, with Clayton Kershaw now starting the season on the disabled list. This evening also marks the D-backs debut of Adam Jones, playing center - though you'll understand why the Twitter handle of SimplyAJ10 in that position, triggered more than a small twinge of nostalgia.
azcentral.com: Zack Greinke will start for Diamondbacks on Opening Day
Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke will start on Opening Day, manager Torey Lovullo announced on Tuesday at Salt River Fields.
The Diamondbacks open the 2019 regular season on March 28 with a road series at the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have not yet named a starter for Opening Day.
Lovullo buried the announcement in a press conference with media prior to the club's game on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. He remarked at how several reporters immediately took to their phones to relay the news.
"I know you guys have been waiting for that one," Lovullo said.
AZ Snake Pit: Arizona Diamondbacks 3, San Diego Padres 4: Paranormal Baserunners
Good evening friends. Don't mind me as I dust off the cobwebs and stretch out my recapping fingers. I promise I won't be this terrible all season. Shall we get to it?
The Arizona Diamondbacks faced the San Diego Padres this evening at Salt River Fields in what will be their final evening game there this Spring Training. We're that close meaningful baseball. Being as close as it is to the season, neither team opted to use a starting pitcher projected to be in the rotation as to not give a divisional opponent an additional look.
AZ Snake Pit: Snake Bytes 3/20: It Has Begun
Although there was some speculation that Greinke might be held in reserve for game two of the season, allowing him to forego the pomp and pageantry of Opening Day, the decision to tab Greinke as the team's Opening Day starter for the third time for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
One week after signing a one-year contract and being introduced to Arizona fans as part of the 2019 team, Adam Jones has made his spring training debut. The veteran outfielder went 0-for-3 hitting from the leadoff spot.Around MLB
The Oakland A's "hosted" the Seattle Mariners in the first of two games being played in Japan to kick off the 2019 regular season.