It has now been 24 days since I completed my Seat Relocation forms to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It has been 12 days since I received an email from the team notifying me of my “Select-A-Seat” appointment time. It is four days, one hour, and ten minutes until my appointment.
My living room carpet is beginning to look a lot like the path between home plate and the pitcher’s mound at Chase Field. I find myself continually going from my computer across the room to the calendar to the telephone to the mailbox. I’m not exactly sure why, I am pretty confident that I am not going to hear from the Diamondbacks again until my appointment but I just need to make sure.
Sometimes the best laid plans seem to unravel at the worst times. This could have been the theme for the Arizona Diamondbacks 2009 season. From Opening Day when staff ace Brandon Webb was injured to the final out of a 70-92 season nothing seemed to work out.
Going into the off-season there have been a lot of questions about what the Diamondbacks are going to do with their roster. With the departure of Jon Garland in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the pending free agency of Doug Davis there are perhaps more questions about the starting rotation than at any other time in franchise history.
Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds has had an interesting year to say the least. Coming off the 2008 season with the dubious honor of being the MLB record holder for strikeouts everyone was wondering what would happen in 2009.
Would Reynolds be able to become more patient at the plate and cut down on the strikeout total? Could he cut down on the fielding errors he committed in 2008? What exactly is Reynolds potential as a big league player?
As the Arizona Diamondbacks finished the 2001 regular season and prepared for the post season, the team was not given much of a chance of going deep into the play-offs. Although Arizona had perhaps the best 1-2 starting pitching combination in the history of baseball they had a dark secret that many believed would doom them to failure.
On the 2001 post season roster the Diamondbacks had not one but two former Chicago Cubs in outfielder Luis Gonzalez and first baseman Mark Grace that were in their everyday starting line-up.
Since the end of the regular season, there has been a veritable carousel of coaching changes that have occurred around baseball. Now with the off-season just a couple of weeks old, we’re beginning to hear names associated with various jobs around the league.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are heavily involved having placed several coaches on the carousel themselves. I thought it might be interesting to look at what we know right now.
Over the weekend sports writer Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote a piece about the readiness of Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly to be a major league manager. It was a well-written article but for Arizona Diamondbacks fans it held very little interest.
At the end of the article, Cafardo listed a few tidbits of information he had collected from around the league. As you might expect most of these had some reference to the Boston Red Sox and what they may consider doing during the off-season.
Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Josh Byrnes is getting a reputation for someone you want to avoid when it comes to dining invitations. It seems as though nothing good ever happens when you go out to eat with him.
With the 2006 season winding down the Arizona Diamondbacks had a decision to make. Left fielder and fan favorite Luis Gonzalez had a club option for the 2007 season and the rumor mills were all reporting that the Diamondbacks had no intention of picking up the option.