This year’s first-year amateur draft was lauded as one of the deepest talent pools in a very long time. It seemed to have everything; there were polished college position players, raw high school hitters, advanced collegiate pitchers, and high-ceiling high school arms. For teams it was a smorgasbord of talent to choose from.


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Perhaps one of the stranger stories to come out this weekend was news that the Florida Marlins were sending rookie outfielder Logan Morrison back to Triple-A New Orleans. The team was claiming this decision was based upon talent issues and the rookie needed to work on a few things in the minor leagues before coming back to Miami.


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Going into the weekend series against the New York Mets, the Arizona Diamondbacks found themselves with a one-game lead over the San Francisco Giants. The Mets were coming off a series against the San Diego Padres where they lost two of three. This seemed to be a series the D-backs needed. If they could somehow win this series they should be able to hold serve against the Giants or possibly pad their lead in the National League Western Division.


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Phoenix is an interesting sports town. They like to think of themselves as avid sports fans and quickly point to the fact that they are only one of a handful of cities who have a franchise in all four major sports (stay with me on this and accept the fact that I referred to hockey as a major sport).

Looking closer though you soon realize that none of the four franchises draw particularly well. At the top of the attendance heap is probably the Phoenix Suns. They have the longest tenure in town and extended success suggests that first and foremost Phoenix is a basketball town.


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Two years ago the Arizona Diamondbacks introduced a program that allows fans to send text messages to security to report unruly fan behavior during a game. At the time I remember applauding this new policy as another example of the team creating a family friendly environment.

Since that time I have seen the process in action on several occasions. I watched as security arrived on the scene where a pregnant Los Angeles Dodgers fan was wielding a mini bat from the team shop and laid open another Dodgers fan who she though had made eyes at her boyfriend/husband (I have to admit, when a hormonal charged female is swinging a wooden bat like a light saber I wasn’t about to go and inquire whether she was married to the guy she was sitting next to).


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