2006 Off Season

Spring Training Eve

Twas the night before Spring Training, when all through the clubhouse Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the locker with care, In hopes that Brandon Webb soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of double plays danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my Diamondbacks cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on...

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Sedona Red Valentine

You would think that after 25 years of marriage I would learn to make a note of when Valentines Day is and get something special for Trina. But each year this holiday sneaks up on me and I find myself unprepared. From the looks of the Hallmark store I am not alone in this dilemma as it is usually packed with men frantically going through cards trying to find something that makes them sound sensitive without appearing too feminine. That is...

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How About a Promotion?

Trina came into the room stating that Dakota’s tournament soccer team was interested in playing in a tournament in Cottonwood Arizona in April. Before she committed she thought she better check with me. This was good thinking. Dakota’s season began in January and up through March there were not many conflicts in scheduling. Beginning in April though we had to make sure and check the tournaments against the Diamondbacks schedule. I...

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How Long is a Legacy?

Steve Gilbert is the beat writer covering the Arizona Diamondbacks for MLB.com. I highly respect his work and always try to read any new stories he may have about the team. Today’s rendition was entitled D-backs ready to begin new legacy. It made me stop and think what length of time constitutes a legacy. The Diamondbacks have fielded a team for a decade. Is that long enough to create a legacy? I went to Google and began to research...

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The Anti-Fireballs

I’ve previously written about Major League Baseball’s fascination with the humidor and how the league may be contemplating expanded use of this device beyond the rarified air of Coors Field. The subject came up during the General Manager’s meetings but no decision was rendered. I thought perhaps we had finally put this thing to bed so that we could move on to more important matters but that was not the case. The...

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Caps for Sale

When I was a small child I used to watch Captain Kangaroo on television religiously. Mostly I like to watch just so Mr. Moose would drop a million ping pong balls on the captain but there were other interesting segments on that show too. The Captain would always read a story each episode and one in particular that remember was called Caps for Sale which was about a hat salesman who had his hats stolen by a bunch of monkeys. This was kind of...

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Mel On Balls

After the inaugural 1998 season, management made a decision that they needed to change their plans to take an aggressive approach to building a winning baseball franchise in Phoenix. During that off-season they began to stock pile players who were proven winners. It was immediately clear that Jerry Colangelo was not just looking for hired guns; he was looking for players with character and a winning tradition. Much has been made about the Randy...

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Another Month, Another Chat

One aspect of the new ownership group and front office staff that I really like is the openness they show in communicating with the fans. Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall epitomizes this new philosophy by taking time out of his busy day to host an online chat on the Diamondbacks web site. I try to never miss one of these chats. On the one hand I like to keep my finger on the pulse of Diamondbacks fans and these chats serve as a pretty good...

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The Diamondbacks Have Been Byrned

Going into this week the Arizona Diamondbacks had only one player eligible for salary arbitration that was not signed. The player was newly anointed left fielder Eric Byrnes. Byrnes came to the Diamondbacks last season after brief stints in Colorado and Baltimore. Many said the Diamondbacks were taking a risk as Byrnes stock was definitely on the slide. General Manager Josh Byrnes thought the risk was worth it and offered a one year contract to...

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