Arizona Diamondbacks 2017 Season Review

And so D-backs fans, without further ado, a review of an otherwise odious 2017 season is in order.   The Good News: Despite a staggering 109 losses (fourth-worst record in league history, third team with back-to-back 100-loss seasons), the Arizona Diamondbacks hopefully turned the corner in 2017 by achieving all of their pre-season goals:  1) Obtaining the #1 pick in […]

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Diamondbacks Summer Trade Block

Despite our record, the Arizona Diamondbacks don’t have many pieces we’re willing to move.  We’ve already cleaned house and only have a few spare parts available.  Looking for low-level/rookie-league type players in return, though some of these are easier for me to move than others.  None of these players are making more than $1.3M (except of course for you-know-who).  Contact […]

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The Miguel Velazquez Experience … Top Ten Reasons!

Top Ten Reasons Arizona Traded for Miguel ‘Clubhouse Cancer’ Velazquez 10. GM is bored. 9. GM is really bored. 8. Attendance is up and fans are demanding results … maybe Velazquez will punch-out some fans. 7. Joe Biden’s promised cure for cancer is imminent? 6. Chance for Josh Beckett to be ‘injured’ during a clubhouse brawl too good to pass […]

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Arizona Spring Training Preview

As you are stirring from your long winter’s nap, there is a lot to catch up on from the baseball desert. With veterans CF Mark Baker, 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, LF Chris Heisey, RF Moises Sierra, SP Casey Crosby, SP Kyle Drabek, C Kurt Suzuki, 1B Jose Lopez, and MR Rafael Dolis departing since the end of last season (in addition […]

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Arizona Diamondbacks Trade Block

Significant Pieces: 3B Lonnie Chisenhall — All Star 3B, walk year. Projects at .280, 20 HR … again. SP Trevor Cahill — Walk-year or team option. Consistent, 4th/5th-starter. C Kurt Suzuki — Walk-year; if you want a catcher who can hit for the stretch run, look no further. SP/RP K.Jouda — Popular LHP w/ stamina, maybe LH-specialist.   Spare Parts: […]

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Arizona Diamondbacks Trade Block

Here are the rental-type players which rebuilding-mode Arizona would consider moving before the deadline.  In return we are looking for prospects (under-25, not on the 40-man, options remaining), with a preference for SP but anyone who is projected to be useful within 2-3 years would be considered.  I will not be taking on any bad contracts in return (I have […]

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Diamondbacks Celebrate Playoff Run

“We’re pleased with how the season turned out,” announced General Manager Jay Schlegel at the traditional post-season press conference.  “We would rather still be playing, of course, but taking the Giants to a game-5 in the Divisional Series is nothing to be ashamed of either.  And with where we were at the beginning of September, we’ll take a trip to […]

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Golden Eagles Flying High, For Now

It has been a long road back to respectability for Tohoku Rakuten.  Coming off two straight fifth place finishes, the Golden Eagles promptly dropped off the radar at 10-games below .500 (8-18) before even playing their second home series of the year.  But now, in the midst of a stretch of 27 home games out of 30 games total, Tohoku […]

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Tohoku Rakuten Turning The Corner?

[Miyagi Baseball Stadium has sat empty most of the season.] Exclusive article to the Ex-Patriot Times Finally, an off day.   Following a stretch of 18 straight games, and with a training room which is nearing capacity (four players on the DL and several others sitting out day-to-day), the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles finally had a day off yesterday.  Following […]

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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Season Preview

With the Nippon Professional Baseball League enjoying a brief vacation before regular season games begin next week, it is time to visit one of the Pacific League’s hopefuls.  The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles enter the 2014 season with an unusual amount of optimism for a team coming off a forgettable 69-93 season.  With wholesale changes throughout the organization, including a […]

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