Posts made in February, 2011

Upton Focused as Spring Training Starts

Saturday February 19 marked the voluntary Spring Training reporting date for non-pitchers and catchers. You would have been hard pressed to guess that at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the new Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Position players could be seen working out at the facility as soon as it was opened. Among those who arrived early was right fielder Justin Upton. Upton appeared to be in great shape a result of a...

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Wily Mo Puts on Power Display

During the off-season I happened to be looking over the Major League Baseball transaction log when I came across a rather nondescript signing. It simply said, “The Arizona Diamondbacks sign outfielder Wily Mo Pena to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.” Pena was once identified as a no-miss prospect with an unlimited ceiling. He was to be a superstar in the game. After signing with the New York Mets, Pena was traded...

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Diamondbacks Baseball Interactive

The Arizona Diamondbacks invited special guests to an exclusive event held at the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The event called D-backs Baseball Interactive gave fans a behind the scenes tour of the new Spring Training facility and an opportunity to experience Spring Training with the team. The day started with fans gathering on the Pepsi Patio deck where Diamondbacks officials welcomed them. The Pepsi Patio is one of three party...

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Arizona in the Michael Young Sweepstakes?

Almost from the moment that super utility man Michael Young demanded a trade from the American League Champion Texas Rangers, teams seem to be lining up to inquire about a trade. The Arizona Diamondbacks were among those who called. With the Diamondbacks shipping third baseman Mark Reynolds and his 200 plus strikeouts per year to the Baltimore Orioles, the team has a substantial hole in their infield that Young could fill. Presently Arizona is...

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Diamondbacks Sign Russell Branyan

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they have signed first baseman Russell Branyan to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Just a day before position players can report to the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers is still attempting to rework a roster that saw the team mired in last place the previous two years. Branyan fits Towers definition of what he is trying to instill...

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Clay Zavada Arrives at Diamondbacks Camp

When pitchers and catchers reported to the new Scottsdale Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, there was one name that was missing. Left-hander Clay Zavada who burst onto the scene in 2009 did not arrive Sunday for his scheduled physical and was not in the clubhouse when pitchers began their workouts on Monday. General Manager Kevin Towers and Manager Kirk Gibson both admitted they were unaware of a reason for Zavada’s absence....

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Diamondbacks Sign Kelly Johnson

The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a contentious effort to try and stay away from salary arbitration hearings with their players. For the most part they have been successful. In the past decade the team has been able to sign all of their players before the scheduled arbitration hearing date. There have been times when it went down to the wire such as the recent contract with Conor Jackson which was hammered out just before the start of the...

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