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Arizona Diamondbacks scapegoat coach Mike Harkey

It’s the time of year where teams fire their personnel in a move that’s supposed to tell fans “Look! We’ve identified the problem and it’s fixed!” But in Major League Baseball, improvement doesn’t come that easy. The Arizona Diamondbacks are no exception. Pitching coach Mike Harkey wasn’t the reason for the team’s pitching woes; the pitchers were. If we’re going...
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

D-backs to take aim at playoffs in 2016

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks came up a few games short of their chief baseball officer's goal, but that isn't keeping them from moving toward the next goal. Tony La Russa a year ago said he expected the D-backs to be a .500 team in 2015 -- which sounded like a longshot coming off an MLB-worst 64-win season. The D-backs won 15 more games this season, two shy of breaking even, and set...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

After encouraging season, D-backs GM says 'we're close'

PHOENIX (AP) A 15-game improvement in the standings with a core of talented young players and an aggressive style has the Arizona Diamondbacks believing they are headed in the right direction. ''We're close,'' general manager Dave Stewart said. Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa was a little more measured in his comments. ''I think we're close to playing meaningful...
Via AP on Fox
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Mike Harkey

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Mike Harkey. Harkey held the position for two seasons and had been retained on the staff after manager Kirk Gibson was fired a year ago. Harkey has coached in the majors for 16 years and was Joe Girardi's bullpen coach for six seasons with the New York Yankees before coming to Arizona. Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mocked Sorority Selfie Girls Prove Doubters Wrong By Donating Tickets

You remember those Arizona State University sorority girls who were mocked because of their love of selfies at an Arizona Diamondbacks game? Well, you might want to lay off the jokes. The ladies of Alpha Chi Omega received instant stardom when they were caught taking millions of selfies at Chase Field during Fox Sports’ broadcast of Wednesday’s Diamondbacks-Colorado Rockies...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Uproar towards Arizona Diamondbacks announcers is ridiculous

Usually people like to write about players and teams, but sometimes they decide to freak out over comments made by team announcers. There is outrage across the internet over a “rant” delivered by Arizona Diamondbacks announcers Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly. The link to the what’s left of the video (on if you haven’t seen it. Unfortunately the “worst” of the...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks LF Peralta leaves game with wrist injury

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta injured his right wrist going for a catch of a sinking line drive in the fourth inning, and later left Thursday night's game against the Colorado Rockies. The wrist on Peralta's glove hand was bent back as he hit the ground, and the ball popped out for a run-scoring double for Rafael Ynoa to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

We Stand In Support Of The Arizona State Selfie Squad @ Chase Field

Some sorority sisters in Arizona decided to go to a baseball game. And now, in the midst of the postseason schedule finally coming into focus, all anyone can talk about is ZOMG SULLLFEEEEEEEESSSSS! The announcers are not amused, because – tradition. Or something. If you’re also annoyed by this… STOP. The Diamondbacks are 77-81 and not close to a playoff berth. They’re playing...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Goldschmidt wins inaugural Luis Gonzalez Award

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt will be presented with the inaugural Luis Gonzalez Award prior to Thursday night's game vs. the Rockies. The award will be given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of Gonzalez both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates and coaches. "I'm humbled to have an award named after me, especially since it...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A dude worked out on a stepper during Diamondbacks / Rockies for some reason

Located on 7th Street and Jefferson Street inside Chase Field is Phoenix Health Club at Chase Field - Mountainside Fitness. Why there's a gym at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks is anybody's guess but there is one. And last night during Diamondbacks / Colorado Rockies...a dude worked out on the stepper.Alrighty then.Please follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Like us on...
Via Bob's Blitz
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Peter O'Brien tells D-backs he's open to return to catching

PHOENIX -- Peter O'Brien has told the Diamondbacks he's up for another shot at catching. Manager Chip Hale said Tuesday that O'Brien, who had 26 home runs among his 70 extra-base hits at Triple-A Reno this year, approached the team about getting back behind the plate -- perhaps in spring training 2016. O'Brien was in the catching mix during 2015 spring training but asked to concentrate...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks impact prospects in 2016

Which prospects are going to make a difference for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016? Whether or not it’s a realistic goal, the team will be aiming for the playoffs, which isn’t surprising considering that’s been the strategy since 2011. The D’Backs will obviously receive contributions from usual stars Paul Goldschmidt, AJ Pollock, and Patrick Corbin, just to name a few...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Bullpen Battles LA Heat With Tarp Tent

Despite the calendar nearing October, weather continues to be disgustingly hot in LA with temperatures in the mid-90s — this is not okay with some members of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen. Away from the friendly confines of their desert dome (with pool), Diamondbacks players made themselves a makeshift tent during today’s afternoon affair against the Dodgers: Happy campers...
Via Busted Coverage
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Farewells: Arizona Diamondbacks

It is that part of the year when pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is a chance to book better winter destination vacations for some, emptier seats for most and a chance for reflection for all. The tides are beginning to turn in the MLB Farewells series that has been running over the...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ Exclusive Interview with Josh Rawitch, Arizona Diamondbacks' Senior VP of Communications

Two weeks ago, I went to a Diamondback game with members of the Sports Law and Entertainment Society at Arizona State University's School of Law. Before the game, three members of the D-backs front office spoke with our group. Josh Rawitch was one of the three, and he generously allowed me to schedule an interview with him at a later date.Rawitch has served as the Senior Vice...
Via The Sports Quotient
12 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Arizona Diamondbacks

The first year of the Tony LaRussa/Dave Stewart regime in Phoenix provided plenty of comic relief for snarky baseball bloggers, but more importantly it also provided a step forward for a franchise one year removed from a 98-loss season. The Diamondbacks were over .500 as late as August 23, and while they likely won’t finish with a winning record this year they showed enough on...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Fall League experience helped shape D-backs' careers

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Fall League is for the best of the best. Major League Baseball teams send their top prospects to Arizona for an off-season graduate school with the hope that they will prove themselves ready for the big leagues. And approximately 60 percent of the players assigned to the league have graduated to the majors. Current Arizona Diamondbacks Josh Collmenter, Chris...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Meow: Tony La Russa mugs for camera in photo-op with ‘Grumpy Cat’ (pic)

Tony La Russa isn’t as highly visible in his role as Arizona Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Office compared to his managing days, but anytime he shows up at the ballpark he attracts attention … especially when it involves an absolutely and absurdly comical photo-op with a feline and Internet phenomenon known as “Grumpy Cat.” The Diamondback held a “Grumpy Cat” promotion...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Rubby De La Rosa sails pitch over catcher for weird balk

Rubby De La Rosa is enjoying a pretty decent season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he continued that success with another solid outing Tuesday night. Well, if you ignore that time he randomly stepped off the mound and chucked the ball over his catcher’s head. De La Rosa toed the rubber in the first inning of Arizona’s contest against the Colorado Rockies and was about to...
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets acquire RP Addison Reed from Diamondbacks

THE METS. ARE. GOING. FOR IT! On Saturday, the NL East leaders acquired Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks, pending a physical. Source: #Mets acquire Addison Reed from #Dbacks pending physical. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 29, 2015   The 26-year old Reed has a 4.20 ERA in 40 2/3 innings this year, his second in Arozna, to go along with 34 strikeouts...
Via The Outside Corner
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks reliever tabs Slider the Hamster as team mascot (vid)

The Arizona Diamondbacks already boast a praying mantis as an unofficial team mascot, but if it were up to reliever Josh Collmenter, his hamster — who amusingly goes by the name Slider — also is worthy of consideration. Collmenter brought Slider along on Tuesday to the ballpark and video was posted by reporter Zach Buchanan — who filed a report on the hamster...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

JABO: The Diamondbacks’ Hidden Star

A few months ago, someone asked me who the most underrated player in baseball was, and after kicking around a few names, I settled on Arizona outfielder A.J. Pollock. Pollock got to the big leagues as a speed-and-defense center fielder who hit well enough to justify a regular gig, and then had his breakout year derailed last season when Johnny Cueto hit him in the hand with a fastball...
Via Fangraphs
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Paul Goldschmidt lined a double that got stuck in the wall

We see balls get stuck between the pads of the outfield wall every so often, but they usually get stuck after a bounce. On Tuesday night, Paul Goldschmidt hit a screamer of a line drive against the Cardinals that got stuck between the pads without even bouncing. That’s a ground rule double. Goldschmidt would score the Diamondbacks’ only run of the night later in the inning on...
Via The Outside Corner
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson Given 51-Inch Retirement Corn Dog By Arizona Diamondbacks (Photo)

What can satisfy the hunger of a 6-foot-10 pitcher nicknamed “the Big Unit”? A hot dog product that’s over half his size, of course. The Arizona Diamondbacks retired pitcher Randy Johnson’s No. 51 Saturday at Chase Field in Phoenix, and presented the Hall of Famer with a 51-inch corn dog after the ceremony. A night like this deserves a special treat. Enjoy your 51" D-bat...
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

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