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The Arizona Diamondbacks went from 2011’s MLB darlings to 2012’s disappointment. A lot has to go wrong for a team to go from 94-68 and division winners by 8 games to 81-81 and 13 games out of first place just one year later.
A closer examination of the numbers show that the D’backs actually scored 3 more runs in 2012 than in ’11 and only allowed 26 more. The big difference was that they had trouble winning games late.
GM Kevin Towers and Manager Kirk Gibson seemed to think that they just didn’t have their type of guys on the roster. What that really meant was shipping out or letting go of Justin Upton, Chris Young, and Stephen Drew. These 3 won’t be officially labeled the fall guys for 2012’s drop-off but they might as well be.
New faces that will see major playing time in 2013 include starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, OF Cody Ross, and new 3B Martin Prado, who came over in the Upton trade. Cliff Pennington came to town via the Chris Young deal and will log the majority of the star...
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Tweet The Arizona Diamondbacks may very well be the top contender for Most Fun Spring Training: 2013. They wasted no time joining the Harlem Shake craze by giving us this video and with new members on the team like Brandon McCarthy, Eric Chavez, and Martin Prado next on the agenda was a little team-building [...]
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After a rookie season that saw Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley win 16 games, make the All-Star team and finish second in National League Rookie of the Year voting, it might seem natural he'd come to spring training this year with a little swagger.
Save a little seniority in the clubhouse, that has not been the case. Instead, Miley showed up for...
On Monday Brandon McCarthy faced hitters for the first time since fracturing his skull.
“It honestly is completely normal,” said McCarthy, who threw behind a protective screen like most of his other teammates. “Anything you would have thought might have been there wasn’t. I was more nervous about where my command was at, where my stuff was at.”
Courtesy of @CharlesBrewerAZ Heath Bell was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks last October in a trade with the Miami Marlins. And it appears as though the big right-hander is blending in just fine with his new club, literally.The D'backs held a Paintball Day as part of a team-building exercise at their spring training facility in Arizona on Tuesday, and as you can see, Bell...
The whole point of moving to Arizona, or holding baseball or golf events there, is that the weather will be nice. But, thanks to global warming — or just weather trickery at its best — that’s no longer the case.
The World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship found that out the hard way Wednesday when a freak snowstorm stalled play. Now, the Arizona Diamondbacks...
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Tony Campana
in a trade that sent right-handed pitchers Jesus Castillo and Erick
Leal to the Chicago Cubs., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/diamondbacks-trade-for-campana
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Spring training in Arizona often features a rainy day or two, but rarely has a Cactus League team had to adjust for snow.
That's what the Diamondbacks faced Thursday, as a Wednesday's snowfall forced them to move the day's workouts to the Athletics' minor league training facility in Phoenix.
"It's pretty weird," starting pitcher...
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At the tender age of 24, Paul Goldschmidt batted .286/.359/.490 with 20 HRs and 18 SBs (against just three caught stealings). He scored and knocked in 82 runs in just 145 games. This followed up a somewhat impressive debut in 2011, during which he socked eight dingers in just 48 games.
However, there is a reason Goldschmidt only played 145 games last season...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. In a perfect world, the Diamondbacks would break camp with two left-handers in the starting rotation, the better to match up against the likes of division lefties Carlos Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, Yonder Alonso and even switch-hitter Chase Headley, who hits better from that side.
But general manager Kevin Towers has made it perfectly clear that the competition...
Welcome to warm and sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, home of MLB Cactus League Spring Training.
Or, welcome to the snow. This picture was taken today just west of Salt River Fields, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies train.
Picture by me, taken as I was driving my sled.
Yes Pedro Guerrero, it's really snow.
Cactus League games start Friday....
I am Bear Jew, hear me roar.
It wasn’t long ago that the Diamondbacks were the feel good story in all of baseball. It seemed like that 2011 team was Justin Upton and a bunch of guys, and they rolled into the NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers where they came ever so close to advancing to the 2011 NLCS. The model worked as it should, a team built around a young superstar overachieved...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After the Chicago Cubs designated outfielder Tony Campana for assignment on Feb. 10, he wasn't sure where he'd go next or how he'd stay sharp -- he ended up utilizing a local gym and a public batting cage.
Now with the Diamondbacks following his trade to the team Monday, Campana still faces some uncertainty, but he's pleased to at least have...