Miscellaneous Mail Bag of Subjects

Every so often I accumulate subjects that I find interesting but that may not have enough content to warrant a blog entry of their own. I usually jot down a couple of notes and throw the paper on my desk.

After some time the stack of notes begins to resemble a small skyscraper at which point I’ll go through them, pick out a few items to touch on and throw the rest away. So today’s entry will be a shotgun blast of small and probably unrelated topics.

Let me start off with an update. As was reported yesterday, as the deadline passed the Diamondbacks declined to sign first-round draft pick Barret Loux. It should be noted this is the first time since 2000 that the Diamondbacks have not signed their first round draft choice.

Along the same subject, the Diamondbacks did come to terms with three other draft picks. Right-handed pitchers Tyler Green (8th round) and Blake Perry (6th round) were signed as was outfielder Tyler Linton (14th) round.

All three of these were considered difficult signings due to their college commitment. Linton was especially difficult as he had scholarships with the University of North Carolina to play both baseball and football.

With these signings, the Diamondbacks were able to come to terms with 21 of their top 25 draft choices. Those not signed included Barret Loux (1st Round), Kevin Ziomek (13th Round), Roberto Padilla (23rd Round), and Matthew Talley (25th Round).

With just a few weeks left in the minor league season, the Diamondbacks affiliates are seeing varying degrees of success. In the Triple-A Pacific Coast League the Reno Aces are still in last place 10 games out of first.

In the Double-A Southern League the Mobile BayBears are in second place just 1.5 games behind the leader and could make play-offs. In the Class-A Advanced California League the Visalia Rawhide are in second place five games behind the leaders.

The South Bend Silver Hawks in the Class-A Midwest League are 14.5 games out of first place and are in danger of missing the play-offs for the first time in six years. The Class-A Short Season Northwest League Yakima Bears are in first place pushing towards the post season. The Rookie Pioneer League Missoula Osprey are currently in last place but only 1.5 games out of first with plenty of baseball left to play.

These results validate the assessment that the Diamondbacks talent remains at the lower levels of the farm system perhaps two plus years away from being ready for the major leagues. The good news is that the players received in recent trades involving Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson, Chad Qualls, and Chris Snyder will help to restock the minor leagues with talent.

Speaking of minor leagues, the guys at Stadium Journey continue to add reviews of baseball venues. Of interest to Diamondbacks fans will be the new review of Hank Aaron Stadium home of the Mobile BayBears. If you are considering a trip to a sports venue check them out for tips.

Another great read is Let Teddy Win which chronicles the Washington Nationals Presidents Races and in particular the failure of Teddy Roosevelt who is 0-340 in races.

Finally, the Diamondbacks continue to see attendance trend downward. This may be the first year in franchise history where home attendance will fall below the 2 million mark. Interesting to note, even during the abysmal 2004 season where the team lost 111 games they still finished with 2,519,560.

Granted, the team’s poor play for the past two seasons has a major impact but this downward spiral needs to be stopped if Arizona is to remain a viable franchise over the long run.

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