Posts made in July, 2011

Not Losing Sight on a Trade

Leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline there will be a multitude of transactions announced. Each team involved is making a calculated guess that their team will become stronger as a result of a deal. Some of the teams are expecting an immediate impact while others are looking further into the future to receive dividends in a trade. Baseball writers and fans will continually check their smart phones, laptops, and make calls to see who is on...

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Will the Diamondbacks be Active at the Deadline?

Going into the final weekend leading up to the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline the question everyone was asking was how active would the Arizona Diamondbacks be in the trade market. With just four games separating them from the first-place San Francisco Giants, you had to believe that Kevin Towers and his staff would feel obligated to try and make a push for the playoffs by bringing in a few pieces to help this team. On the one hand, this is the...

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Diamondbacks Ink Top Draft Pick

It has been a busy time for Arizona Diamondbacks first-round pick Trevor Bauer. Shortly after his collegiate career ended Bauer became the number three selection of the 2011 amateur draft going to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shortly after his selection Bauer came to Phoenix and met with members of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was taken on a tour of Chase Field and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. It was clear to anyone who saw him that Bauer...

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Lunch Box Woes

Each season there are a handful of promotional giveaways that stand out as “must haves”. At least that is the consensus among my family. Each spring when the Diamondbacks promotional calendar comes out there is a mad dash by the kids to “call dibs” on certain games thereby ensuring they will be the owner of a cool stadium giveaway. The top of that list is generally reserved for bobble heads and as of recently garden gnomes. I have to admit, I...

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Roland Hemond Becomes First Diamondback in Hall of Fame

One of the highlights of my life was meeting Roland Hemond who is a Special Assistant to CEO/President Derrick Hall. Hemond is one of the most amazing men you will ever meet. He has forgotten more about building a winning baseball team than most people will ever know. The vast knowledge he has not just for the game of baseball but also in evaluating talent is amazing. In the world statistical analysis and so-called “MoneyBall”, Hemond is a...

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Are D-backs Buyers or Sellers?

At the All-Star break the Arizona Diamondbacks found themselves three games behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League Western Division. The team that many had predicted would be in last place was within striking distance of the defending World Champion Giants. To say the Diamondbacks were outperforming expectations would be an understatement. Suddenly reports were surfacing everywhere that the Diamondbacks would be active at the...

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Most Fan Friendly Works Both Ways

The Arizona Diamondbacks continually describe themselves as “the most fan friendly team in sports”. Based upon my interaction with the team this past 14 seasons I would be hard-pressed to disagree. I am constantly amazed at how far this team would go for their fans. Whether it is helping them find the perfect anniversary present to making sure a fan’s first visit to Chase Field is a memorable one; the Diamondbacks continually set the bar high...

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Disaster Strikes Diamondbacks Infield

One of the biggest fears a baseball fan has is the thought of his or her favorite team losing a key member of the team to season-ending injury. There is nothing that can destroy the hopes and dreams of a season quite like seeing your favorite player go down in agony. The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their share of heartache over the past two seasons. On Opening Day 2009 a packed Chase Field watched in shock as ace Brandon Webb left his start...

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Diamondbacks Continue Pitcher Try-outs

To say the back-end of the Arizona Diamondbacks starting rotation has been a disappointment this season would be an understatement. It doesn’t seem to matter who they use in the number four or five spots, the result is always the same – inconsistency. Rookie Josh Collmenter continues to be sent out to the mound. His unique delivery coming directly over the top seems to baffle hitters at least for the first time through the order. The Milwaukee...

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