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I became intrigued with Bo Schultz some time back, not entirely for his baseball talent because it was said he was not a major league prospect, but largely in that he came out of the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and was likely to become a baseball journalist. It seemed writing might take center stage sooner rather than later because of his projected level of pitching skill.
Four years removed from the Big Ten Conference and one season after turning around his delivery—and very possibly his baseball future—with the American Association’s record-breaking Grand Prairie (TX) Airhogs the 27-year-old Texas native can touch 99 miles per hour on the radar gun. I did not even realize it until we were well into our telephone conversation from his home in Chicago, but Schultz has been invited to major league spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Onetime major league hurler Tim Stoddard, the pitching coach at Northwestern, made som
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PHOENIX The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the ninth annual Subway D-backs FanFest on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chase Field. The free event will offer fans access to players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters, including autograph and photo sessions on the field. Last years event drew an estimated 25,000 fans to Chase Field.
Among the D-backs players scheduled to...
Justin Upton is still a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but not for a lack of effort by the D-Backs in trying to move him.
The Diamondbacks were in agreement on a trade that would have sent Upton to the Seattle Mariners, but the two-time All-Star rejected the proposed deal, major-league sources say.
The Mariners are one of four clubs on Upton's no-trade list, according...
The New York Mets are once again interested in Arizona
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, but it is a “longshot” that the team will
give up enough prospects to acquire the slugger, according to Marc Carig of
Sources say the Mets are again interested in trading for Justin Upton. But it's a longshot that they'll give up enough prospects for a deal.
Ben and Sam discuss the rejected trade that would have made Justin Upton a Mariner.
After excelling in his half of Arizona’s catching timeshare in 2010, Miguel Montero earned the team’s full-time catching gig. He hasn’t disappointed, putting up nearly identical numbers in each of the last two seasons.
Montero is one of the game’s few catchers with premier lineup slots, batting fourth in a fairly potent Diamondbacks lineup that has him surrounded by perennial...
By now, the news is old: last night, Justin Upton declined a trade that would have send the Diamondbacks superstar outfielder to the Mariners in exchange for a package of four players (Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor). Seattle is one of four teams on Upton's no-trade list, along with the Cubs, Red Sox, and Blue Jays. Questions remain about just why...
Veteran utility player Geoff Blum will join the Houston Astros’ television broadcast team as a color analyst.
Blum appeared in 17 games last season while a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. For much of the season he dealt with an oblique injury.
The 39-year-old infielder played with six teams during his 14-year MLB career.
Updated by Joe D. on 1/11 at 3:00 PM
So all of a sudden the Mets could be looking to do something significant at the major league level. If true, it would be a first for Alderson since he got here. After Justin Upton gave the thumbs down on the potential Seattle deal, rumors abound that the Mets are reengaging Arizona on the 25 year old star.
The Mets had previously attempted to...
According to Marc Craig of Newsday, the New York Mets are once again interested in Arizona Diamondbacks slugger, Justin Upton, though sources believe it’s a long shot:
In a post to Newsday, Craig writes:
“The Mets have revived discussions of a trade for the Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday. However, doubts linger about whether...
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton vetoed a trade to the Seattle Mariners, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.
The person asked to remain anonymous because Upton's decision had not been made public. Upton's contract gave him the power to turn down a trade to a short list of cities, Seattle included.
The Diamondbacks have a glut of outfielders...
Earlier this evening, Justin Upton rejected a trade using the power of his limited no-trade clause to Seattle. The deal that was in place involved a large package of young talent. From MLBTR…
The Mariners offered a four-player package to the D’Backs, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports. Arizona would have received Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor and one...
Updated by Joe D. on 1/12 at 10:00 AM
A team source tells the NY Post:
“Those were some big names,” one source said of the deal Upton nixed because Seattle is part of his no-trade clause. “There were some quality arms. I don’t see us moving in that direction if that’s what they’re asking for and almost got.”
Like I was saying last night…
Updated by Joe D. on 1/11...
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran catcher Henry Blanco to a one-year contract. Blanco, 41, will not be guaranteed to make the team.
Ideally Blanco, 41, will act as organizational depth behind J.P Arencibia, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. Last season Blanco hit .188 while playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks.