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DIAMONDBACKS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Goldschmidt clubs longest HR of career

The Diamondbacks scored one run Wednesday night but what a glorious run it was. Paul Goldschmidt got an 0-1 fastball from Cardinals starter John Lackey and smashed it off a support beam to the left of the center-field video board in the first inning. MLB Statcast calculated the homer's true distance at 471 feet. ESPN's Home Run Tracker said it was a 482-foot blast. Either way, it...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
6 hours ago  |  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 AZCentral.com reporter Zach Buchanan — who filed a report on the hamster...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  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
1 day ago  |  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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Case for the Diamondbacks

The Postseason? Not this year. Well, not quite for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Snakes are technically only five games back of first in the NL West, which some teams would kill for in their division (see Twins, Minnesota), but it seems highly unlikely they hop over the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. They’re also 10 games back of the Wild Card. But, on the bright...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs miscues pile up in loss to Cardinals

PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Jhoulys Chacin deserved Monday's start and Chacin backed up his manager. Chacin, in fact, deserved better. Chacin, called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day, limited the major league-leading Cardinals to six hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings but was let down both by his defense and the D-backs situational hitting in a 5-3 loss...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Arizona Diamondbacks Prospects to Watch Out For

The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t a terrible team – they’re just a mediocre one. And in the brutal National League West, that’s not much of a consolation. The Diamondbacks are stuck in the same division as the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants, the free-spending and division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, and a San Diego Padres team that tried – and failed...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs on verge of putting themselves in pennant race

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks want to play meaningful games in September. How about August? On the heels of a four-game sweep of the Reds coupled with a five-game losing streak for the division-leading Dodgers, the D-backs on Monday were five games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. The D-backs still sit in third place -- 3 1/2 games behind the second-place Giants -- but could find...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock named NL Player of the Week

A.J. Pollock did it all for the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, and was duly awarded for his prosperity on Monday. Pollock had one of the best all-around offensive weeks the National League has seen this season, for which he was honored with the NL Player of the Week distinction on Monday. In a six-game stretch from Aug. 17 to Aug. 22, the 27-year-old center fielder hit .483/.516...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

D-Backs reinstate Bradley from DL, option him to Triple-A

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks selected right-hander Jhoulys Chacin from Triple-A Reno, optioned right-hander Zack Godley to Double-A Mobile and designated outfielder Danny Dorn for assignment. Arizona also reinstated right-hander Archie Bradley from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Reno. Chacin signed with Arizona as a minor league free agent on June 20 and in...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Better late than never: D-backs enter NL West race as legitimate contenders

With their third-consecutive win on Sunday, the Arizona Diamondbacks leapt above the .500 mark for the first time since April 22, but more importantly pulled within five games of the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West standings. "I love the way we play," outfielder Ender Inciarte said. "We're a different team. When you see other teams, you don't see them hustling...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking Arizona Diamondbacks’ rotation options for 2016

There’s a lot of transition going on in the Arizona Diamondbacks starting rotation right now, and it’s almost hard to keep track of at this point. Going into the 2016 season, the D’Backs are going to have plenty of rotational options, especially if the front office decides to sign an ace in the offseason. Here’s my ranking of all the D’Back pitchers who have had at least...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Anderson, Diamondbacks send Reds to 9th straight loss

Welington Castillo and David Peralta homered as Arizona completed its first four-game sweep over the Reds. Cincinnati matched its longest skid of the season. Anderson (6-5) gave up five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walking three and striking out two. He was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday and recalled Thursday when Jeremy Hellickson went on the disabled list, Relievers Addison Reed...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ambulance Chasers, Week 21: To Hellickson And Back

I must say, I don't believe in curses, hexes, jinxes or whatever you may call it, but this season is rapidly descending into a Euripides level of despair for me. As I look at my various rosters being struck with injuries and my place in the standings perpetually falling, I'm already looking ahead to next season. With another round of injuries comes another round of drinks. Misery...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lamb faces Diamondbacks after struggling in first start

While Arizona's Patrick Corbin showed signs of recapturing his 2013 form in his latest start, Cincinnati's John Lamb learned just how quickly a smooth debut can turn sour. The Reds' rookie has another shot to please in his home debut Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series with the Diamondbacks, and both teams are entering with piling losses. Corbin (3-3, 3.43 ERA) threw...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano faces the Diamondbacks

Lost in last night’s panic over Gerrit Cole’s poor start is the fact that the Diamondbacks are good at scoring runs. The Pirates have been lately, too, but obviously they didn’t have much success against Jeremy Hellickson. Chase Anderson starts for the Diamondbacks. He hasn’t pitched well lately, with three of his last four starts going five innings or fewer. Hopefully the...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies get Crushed by Arizona Diamondbacks in Second Straight Game

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher David Buchanan (55) is removed from the baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Phoenix. (Isaac Hale/The Arizona Republic via AP) After losing by a score of 13-3 on Monday night, the one positive that the Phillies could take out of the game was the fact that Tuesday night’s game couldn’t...
Via The Sports Journal
15 days ago  |  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...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks give Randy Johnson 51-inch corn dog (Photo)

Randy Johnson had his number 51 jersey retired by the Arizona Diamondbacks in a pregame ceremony before Saturday night's game. Once the ceremony was over, the D-backs presented Johnson with a special surprise: A 51-inch corn dog. A night like this deserves a special treat. Enjoy your 51" D-bat Dog, Randy! #RJ51 pic.twitter.com/H7E2uwqHcr — Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August...
Via Holdout Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson played drums at jersey retirement ceremony (Video)

The Diamondbacks retired Randy Johnson’s uniform No. 51 prior to Saturday’s game against the Reds. They also presented him with a rare gift Johnson couldn’t resist trying out. A fan of rock music, and the band Rush, Johnson was presented with a drum set that’s an exact replica of the one used by Neil Peart during the group’s 30th anniversary tour. The set is one of just...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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