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Jim McLennan

SnakePit Hall of Fame: David who?

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For the second year in a row, there’ll be no induction ceremony at SnakePit Towers. What am I to do with all these vol-au-vents?

SnakePit Hall of Fame Inductees 2015 - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez 2016 - Ken Griffey Jr. 2017 - Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, John Smoltz 2018 - Chipper Jones, Ivan Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez 2019 - Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Jim Thome 2020 -...

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Jim McLennan

New comments system on AZ SnakePit

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Use this thread to discuss any issues, share tips, etc. Please avoid “But I don’t LIKE it...” whining. It’ll give us an excuse to use those shiny new moderation tools...

A quick summary of what you can expect from the new system:

Easier embeds (just paste the Twitter/YouTube link) Easier rich text shortcuts (control-B for Bold, control-I for italics) Email notifications when someone replies to you See who’s Rec’d your...

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Jim McLennan

The All-Time MLB Team, Shortstop: nominations open

A balance between defense and offense takes the stage

Outside of catcher, shortstop is generally regarded as being the most difficult defensive spot on the diamond. It requires a variety of different skills in order for a fielder to be effective: quick reactions; good range; a strong and accurate arm; nimble footwork when turning a double-play. It’s a rare combination, but when the come together in one player, it’s a joy to watch them. Witness the web gems we’ve appreciated from Nick...

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Jim McLennan

Snake Bytes, 1/25: Big Papi’s heading to Cooperstown

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A later than usual edition, to cover the Hall of Fame voting.

Team news

[FanGraphs] Luke Weaver, Again - Here I am again, writing about how Weaver can excel in 2022. Why do I keep doing it? Because I keep believing it! I can tell you truthfully that I think he has the tools to be a second or third starter, even though he’s been more like a fourth or fifth option so far in his career. You might wonder how that’s the case – after all, he’s basically a...

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Makakilo

Third Base Platoon of Ellis and Rojas

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Deciding who will play third base is interesting and complex. The crowd wisdom was that a platoon of Drew Ellis and Josh Rojas is the best choice.

The fans have voted. Now it’s up to the Diamondbacks to make their choice. Whatever they do, some fans will be thrilled and some fans will be aghast. Perhaps it was an understatement when Jack Sommers wrote, “It will be interesting to see what Hazen actually does.”

Before talking...

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TanyaAnderson

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to AZ Snake Pit

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL...

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Jim McLennan

The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: Rogers Hornsby

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Has there ever been a better right-handed hitter?

It was the closest battle yet in this series. Jackie Robinson jumped out to an early read, but over the course of the weekend, Rogers Hornsby reeled in the gap, eventually prevailing by 38-32%. Joe Morgan got the bulk of the remaining votes with 24%, as the three-way race I expected, largely came to pass. But in the end, Hornsby's insane offensive numbers proved decisive. I mean, he's the...

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The SnakePit Staff

SnakePit Round Table: Athletic Supporters

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Trading Ketel Marte, judging Mike Hazen and culinary no-nos are among this week’s topics

This week’s questions are (mostly) shamelessly borrowed from Zach Buchanan’s fan survey on The Athletic. Thought it might be interesting to fire some of them at our writers and get their opinions at greater length...

How many games will the Diamondbacks win in 2022? [Presuming a 162-game season, which is looking less likely every day…]

Makakilo: Diamondbacks will...

Yardbarker: Arizona Diamondbacks

Assessing the trade candidacy of Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed

Given the stars that have been on the free-agent market this winter, and the stars who might be on the market next year, Ahmed represents a decidedly milquetoast solution to a premier position.

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Jim McLennan

Your Saturday Sporcle: Everyday players

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Who are the active MLBers we’ve seen most often?

This was somewhat inspired by the second-base candidates I was looking at earlier in the week, with careers which spanned 20+ years. So I thought I’d look at the active players who have appeared in most games. The all-time leader there is, of course, Pete Rose, who played 3,562 time over his 24-year career in the majors. Will that record ever be broken? I imagine it’s possible: someone...

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Jack Sommers

Let the Kids Play

Josh Rojas and Pavin Smith celebrate | Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Hazen needs to speed up the youth movement

The main reason I have often advocated for a youth movement and rebuilding process to hurry up and get started is because it takes so darn long. One of the main issues I’ve encountered when discussing the Diamondbacks minor league system and how long it will take to become competitive again is communicating clearly just how long it takes for players to develop into above...

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Jim McLennan

The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: nominations and ballot

Almost 90 years of baseball history in these five candidates

Here we are, down to five, though if the discussion in the nomination thread is any guide, this seems likely to be a two- or three-man race. Here you go:

Eddie Collins

Nominated by ChuckJohnson56: “First in games played, innings and assists, second in putouts. His career overlapped with the end of Lajoie’s career and the beginning of Hornsby’s.” He reached the majors in 1906 with the Philadelphia Athletics, and had six...

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Jim McLennan

Snake Bytes, 1/20: No news is... uh, no news.

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I, for one, welcome our new robot umpire overlords.

Team news

[The Athletic] Diamondbacks fan survey results: Little blame for Torey Lovullo, but ambivalence about the team - The fans have spoken. Three hundred and sixty-two of you filled out our 2022 Diamondbacks fan survey, and in one loud and clear voice you have said: “Meh.” You ache over past mistakes (for some, trading Paul Goldschmidt; for others, signing Madison Bumgarner), but you...

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Jim McLennan

The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: nominations open

Are we going old-school here?

After Lou Gehrig walked away with the first-base spot, I don’t immediately feel there’s as much of a clear-cut winner at second-base. Part of this may be due to sheer distance in time. We’re more than a century removed from 1915-16, the seasons when the top three by bWAR were all in action. Footage of them in action is thus extremely limited, and I feel fairly sure there’s no-one on the SnakePit who can claim to have seen them in action! But there’s a...

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Jack Sommers

Evaluating Torey Lovullo, Part 2

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How do results stack up against context free performance ?

Evaluating the manager of an MLB team is a difficult task. Of course watching the team every day, and seeing how the manager handles various situations we can get a sense or feeling of how he is doing. But it’s almost impossible for us to separate our bias, whether it’s bias towards the individual or bias towards how we believe the game should be played and managed.

There are also many...

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Makakilo

Third Base: Three Nominations

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Three very different choices were nominated.

Your nominations included two players I had not considered, Nick Ahmed and Gavin Lux. The remaining nomination is a platoon of Drew Ellis/Josh Rojas (see comments to this AZ Snake Pit article.)

Which of these 3 nominations will you pick to play third base for the Diamondbacks next season? Although you could jump down to the poll and vote, a short...

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Jim McLennan

The All-Time MLB Team, First base: Lou Gehrig

Will there be a bigger landslide this series?

Much as expected, it wasn’t even close. Getting 80% of the votes, even though he was a member of the Evil Empire, it was a very easy win for a player also known - according to Baseball Reference - as The Iron Horse, Biscuit Pants, Buster, Laruppin’, Crown Prince of Swat, or Columbia. While some of these are obvious - the first is presumably in reference to his consecutive games streak - others perhaps raise more questions than they answer....

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Jack Sommers

The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues

Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Ted Paige and Judy Johnson posing for a group photo during a Negro League baseball game, San Francisco, California, 1940. | (Photo by Clarence Gatson/Gado/Getty Images)

A slow personal journey of discovery continues

“The Negro Leagues are the platform from which Jackie Robinson could stand in order to make his jump into the major leagues and have the success that he had “

~Dr. Ray Doswell~

As a kid growing up in the 60’s and early 70’s in a 98%...

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The SnakePit Staff

SnakePit Round Table: We shail into hishtory

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Let’s review, shall we?

What is your earliest baseball-related memory?

James: Watching a nationally televised Giants game with my grandmother. I don’t remember all the specifics, but I remember that we wound up getting overly excited by the fact that the Giants were making an unlikely comeback in the eighth and ninth innings. I remember it was the sort of comeback that gets managers fired. It was at that tinder age I...

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edbigghead

NOBODY WANTS TO WORK ANYMORE!

A fan opinion on the 2022 MLB lockout

As many of you already know, the current 2021-2022 MLB lockout began on December 2nd, 2021, after the 2016 CBA expired followed by MLB team owners voting unanimously to enact a lockout.

Let’s go back to Spring Training 2020. Everything was good, we were attending games at the various Cactus League fields throughout the Valley. Baseball was happening! Then the current Covid-19 pandemic began, and baseball’s 2020 season became uncertain. 1st...

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