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The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The confounding, fascinating Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are weird. Well, maybe weird isn’t the best word. “Compelling,” “fascinating,” and “head-scratching” also could work. Arizona seems to operate under their own set of rules, and Dave Stewart and Tony La Russa don’t care how the moves they make are perceived. Over the last year alone, some of those moves include: Trading away Touki Toussaint, their...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony LaRussa Gives Tour Of Cardinals Locker Room

Found something on YouTube, friends. This Tony LaRussa video was published around 3 months ago, but was shot sometime after the ’11 season. Let’s take a look: Candidly, I’m not sure what’s going on here. I mean, yes, I know what’s going on here. It’s a tour of the Cardinals facilities let by Tony LaRussa. And FWIW, it’s good video. The part where he’s in the equipment...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
14 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the managers with the most World Series titles

Ten MLB managers have won at least three World Series titles in their careers. How many can you name?
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

La Russa: 100-win Cardinals 'should be applauded' despite NLDS exit

The St. Louis Cardinals won 100 games in 2015, but fell to the Chicago Cubs in a four-game NLDS. Winning a hundred games in any season is a feat that deserves accolades, but considering the road blocks the Cards faced this season they might deserve an even bigger recognition.That's at least what longtime MLB manager and current Chief Baseball Officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks Tony...
Via Fox Sports
October 18, 2015  |  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
October 06, 2015  |  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
October 05, 2015  |  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
October 05, 2015  |  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 Bloguin Best
September 21, 2015  |  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
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

La Russa sees last 4 weeks as measuring stick for D-backs

PHOENIX -- Tony La Russa caused some raised eyebrows last offseason when he said he would be "broken-hearted" if the Diamondbacks didn't finish 2015 with a winning record. For a brief spell in August, it appeared as if major league baseball's youngest team was going to make good on La Russa's leap of faith, but Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to San Francisco left the D-backs with a 66...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 09, 2015  |  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
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Melvin now alongside Howe, La Russa in A's all-time wins list

With the Oakland Athletics' extra-innings win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, manager Bob Melvin took over sole possession of third place in the A's all-time wins list. It was Melvin's 369th win as A's skipper, passing Ken Macha and putting him in the Top 3 of the A's all-time managerial rankings. If he wants to reach the next two, however, he'll have to stick around...
Via Fox Sports
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa says Diamondbacks are 'buyers,' will make move soon

There might soon be some new additions to the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the trade deadline just over a week away, D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa revealed to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that the team is taking an aggressive approach towards acquiring new players through the trade market. "We will make a move, at the trade deadline or this winter," La Russa said. "We want...
Via Fox Sports
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs executives to go on Japanese goodwill tour

The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that a few executives will be going to Japan on a goodwill tour in August. Chief baseball officer Tony LaRussa and President/CEO Derrick Hall will be joined by special assistants and former players Luis Gonzalez and Randy Johnson from August 14-20. This will be LaRussa’s first trip to Japan. Per MLB.com, LaRussa said:"It has been a long-time...
Via Fox Sports
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks fail to reach .500 for 11th straight time

The Arizona Diamondbacks failed to reach .500 for the 11th straight time this season. A win over the Rockies on Thursday would have given them an even 36-36 record. They have not been at .500 since being 8-8 on April 24.Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa had previously said that the team shouldn’t be focused on reaching the .500 mark. He told Arizona Sports 98.7:"It's a negative...
Via Fox Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Salary Obligations and the Plan in Arizona

Since Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart took over baseball operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, their moves have come under considerable scrutiny. Questions have been raised about the Diamondbacks plan, but not with as much regard to its execution. The questions surrounding the Diamondbacks’ moves have been confusing enough that some wondered if the Diamondbacks had […]
Via Fangraphs
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs' Hale, La Russa critical of Jennings hiring

The Diamondbacks are in Miami this week just as former Marlins GM Dan Jennings was named the team’s new manager despite a lack of experience in the dugout. Both D-backs manager Chip Hale and the team’s chief baseball officer (and former major league manager) Tony La Russa spoke critically of the move. Per Hardball Talk, Hale said the following regarding Jennings on SiriusXM...
Via Fox Sports
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

TLR Can’t Quit STL; LaRussa To Attend Cardinals Opening Day

Wow. Kind of like an open marriage, who are we to judge. If everyone’s happy with the arrangement, then everyone’s happy with the arrangement. Haven’t you heard? Tony LaRussa is coming back for Opening Day on Monday. And no, the Cardinals aren’t playing against his current employer, the Arizona Diamondbacks. They’ll be in San Diego playing the Padres. We’ve been on this...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Don’t Lose Your Nerve With The Bats Yet

When I hear the fretting over the St. Louis Cardinals lineup after two games, the words of Tony La Russa come to mind. Words he fired at the media in 2011 when questioned about the lack of performance from a few of his players, “It’s the third week of the season.”Folks, do me a favor and use today as a chance to ease back from the edge of the roof of the building you stand...
Via Cardinals Farm
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona trying to bounce back from dismal 2014 season

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona's desert overhaul began last summer with the hire of Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer. More hires followed: Dave Stewart as general manager, Joe Carter and De Jon Watson to front-office positions, Chip Hale as the new manager. Now that the brain trust is in place, it's time to see what the new-look Diamondbacks can do on the field. ''I don't have a crystal...
Via AP on Fox
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The best ballpark giveaways for each MLB team

Who doesn’t love ballpark giveaways?  You’re already getting to watch a baseball game, and then on top of that you get something for free. It’s the American dream. For a lot of fans, a great giveaway item may be the only reason they’re going to the park to watch their awful team. Other fans may just want to keep their rapidly expanding bobblehead collection complete. Some...
Via The Outside Corner
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The best ballpark giveaways for each MLB team

Who doesn’t love ballpark giveaways?  You’re already getting to watch a baseball game, and then on top of that you get something for free. It’s the American dream. For a lot of fans, a great giveaway item may be the only reason they’re going to the park to watch their awful team. Other fans may just want to keep their rapidly expanding bobblehead collection complete. Some...
Via Bloguin Best
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

One Less Cardinals Retired Number is Good

I was asked in the comments section on Friday whether I was surprised that the St. Louis Cardinals re-issued Mark McGwire’s number 25. The recipient is recently-promoted bench coach David Bell, who moved off number 23. (That was news first disclosed here at The Cardinal Nation Blog back on February 9th, by the way.) My reply became so long, I turned it into this post instead...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Tweets Of People w/ Tony LaRussa At Pet Parade

I don’t think we need further explanation: With the Weatherbird – Mr. Tony La Russa & @Weatherbird hanging before the #BegginPetParade. pic.twitter.com/IUmWYiyG3V — Go! Magazine (@GoSTL) February 8, 2015 With this young lady – Lauren's selfie with Tony Larussa at dog parade in St Lou! Check out the rings! pic.twitter.com/oPcTgFsyZM — Loren Wright (@LCWLucky13) February...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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