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Snake Bytes, 2/8: Audio treats

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A multi-media edition of Snake Bytes!

Multi-media content

Torey Lovullo was on the Jim Rome Show live from Radio Row, talking about the D-Backs and how they are going to compete in the NL West in 2023. And also why he won’t be changing his phone number any time soon!

In case you missed it in the Round Table, Michael McDermott and Wes Baier brought us the first ever Webcast episode of the Baby Backs Banter show. The topics there included the...

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A Perspective of Diamondbacks’ Saves in Relief

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An improved bullpen will dramatically increase saves. The closer will likely be a platoon of Mark Melancon and one of the newly acquired relievers.

What happened in 2021?

After the shortened COVID season, the Diamondbacks’ relievers underperformed. The following graph shows six seasons of saves, blown saves, and save opportunities. In 2021 the Diamondbacks had more blown saves than saves. Although that...

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Brute Side Chats: A New Day Dawns

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Hope is alive

Hello again my fellow SnakePitters and Brutes!

It’s been a while, but we’re back folks and better than ever.

Now we find ourselves at that magical time of year where each and every baseball fan has hope to cling to. For us that hope appears to be even more tangible thanks to the young and talented ball club that’s about to open up the 2023 season.

We Brutes take a look at that thing called “hope” in today’s chat, so...

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Snake Bytes: 02/06 - Zack is Back

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Unfortunately not with the D-Backs.

Diamondbacks News Diamondbacks Spring Competition: The Final Rotation Spot

The candidate with the best combination of experience, future upside, and present-day value is Drey Jameson. Despite his generously listed 6’0” 165 stature, the 25-year-old prospect presents the best combination of present-day value, future upside, and the intangibles to be a big league starter in the long term.

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The World of the Diamondbacks. Literally.

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Where in the world have the D-backs found players?

Last week, we looked at the Diamondbacks players who were born in the 50 states of the United States of America, plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico, and broke down the numbers. We found that Puerto Rico and North Dakota were the places of birth that over-performed the most based on their population, while Minnesota was the state which had been most under-represented, compared to...

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SnakePit Round Table: This team brought to you by...

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What do we think of uniform advertising

James gave his grade for the team’s off-season. What do you think they deserve?

Spencer: While I agree with James on many points, I’d be kinder overall and go with a C-. I feel like we’re going to end up in the same win range using rookies versus over the hill veterans (75-82 wins). Since there’s little upside in SF hasbeens and Davies, I went C- instead of C+....

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Your Saturday Sporcle: The best D-backs by state

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From A to...well, W, anyway.

Last Sporcle, we looked at leadoff hitters for the Diamondbacks, and 106 of you decided to try your luck. The results were a bit better, with an average score of 40% across the board. The numbers were particularly decent at the bottom end. The least-remembered person was still recalled by 9.4% of you; perhaps surprisingly, that was Scott Hairston. #FreeScottHairston. Gregor Blanco and Jon Jay rounded out the bottom...

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Mariners Outright J.B. Bukauskas

The Mariners announced that reliever J.B. Bukauskas has gone unclaimed on waivers. He’s been sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma and will be in big league camp as a non-roster Spring Training invitee.

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Diamondbacks Press Release

Diamondbacks spring training opens February 15

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It’s the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 26th Spring Training and 13th at Salt River Fields.

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ 26th Spring Training and 13th at the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick begins on February 15:

Wednesday, February 15: First workout for pitchers and catchers. Monday, February 20: First full-squad workout.

Beginning on February 15, workouts are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and fans may...

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The Arizona Diamondback Closers’ Cup: Round One

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Who is the best closer in franchise history?

The concept

This was somewhat sparked by Jack’s discussion about the greatest closer seasons in franchise history. This got me wondering who has been the greatest closer in D-backs history - across multiple campaigns. That’s something which is a bit harder to decide. Unlike some teams, there’s no obvious choice. For the Yankees, you need look no further than Mariano Rivera’s 652 saves, or in San...

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Diamondbacks Press Release

Diamondbacks and Avnet announce partnership to include first ever jersey patch

The Arizona Diamondbacks have entered a multi-year partnership with Avnet that will include the company’s “A” and name on the sleeve of the D-backs’ jerseys beginning with the 2023 season as well as a strong community partnership element. The D-backs are the third Major League Baseball (MLB) team to secure a jersey patch partner since the jersey patch program was announced by MLB April 1, 2022.

This collaboration brings together two Arizona-based organizations that share a...

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WBC Preview: Merrill’s coming home in Group C

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No one will stop USA in Phoenix.

In our first article we had a brief introduction on the World Baseball Classic and we took a look at Group A. Last week in our second article we discussed Group B.

Today we have our preview of Group C. Group C hosts one of the tournament favourites: the almighty United States of America. Best of it all is that the team will play all their games in your Phoenix. USA is currently the number 3 on the world ranking,...

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2023 Diamondbacks spring training broadcast schedule announced

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Quite a lot of games available this spring!

There will be a total of nine telecasts on Bally Sports Arizona or Bally Sports Arizona Extra, with the games also available on the Bally Sports app. Five of these will have Steve Berthiaume on the call, alongside Bob Brenly or Luis Gonzalez, The other four will use the broadcast from Bally Sports partners (so, basically, the opposition booth). There will be 11 games on the radio, either Arizona’s Sports 98.7...

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Arizona Diamondbacks Offseason Report Card

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How does this writer feel the front office performed this winter?

There is no sugar-coating it. The 2021 season was an unmitigated disaster, the Diamondbacks finishing the season tied for the worst record in baseball. Only by virtue of sucking less in 2020 than their cellar-dwelling counterparts in the previous season did they manage to technically finish the season ranked 29/30 instead of dead last. This led to no shortage of calls for...

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Arizona Diamondbacks: February confidence poll

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Pitchers and catchers report this month!

January results

No shortage of responses as we turned the calendar over to 2023. The total number taking part was 164, which is the most we’ve had for one of these polls in quite some time. You have to go back approaching three years, to February 2020, to find a greater number of those taking part. There was certainly no shortage of D-backs news, as after a quiet opening to the winter, the team...

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Mariners Claim Tayler Saucedo, Designate J.B. Bukauskas

The Mariners announced that they have claimed left-hander Tayler Saucedo off waivers from the Mets. In a corresponding move, right-hander J.B. Bukauskas was designated for assignment.

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A Perspective on Sustainability of the Diamondbacks

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Although full sustainability is not yet achieved, sustainability was increased in five ways.

Has sustainability been accomplished?

Since Mike Hazen became the Diamondbacks GM, one imperative is to sustainability compete. More specifically, the imperative is to compete every year.

Although reaching for the World Series would be ideal, more realistically, reaching or nearly...

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Diamondbacks Re-Sign Jake Hager To Minor League Deal

The Diamondbacks have re-signed infielder Jake Hager to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, as announced over the weekend by the Triple-A Reno Aces.

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The State of the Diamondbacks. Literally.

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No, really: what state are they from?

This kinda started with the recent international draft, when I started looking at the best players to have appeared for the Diamondbacks, from each of the Latin American countries. From there, came the idea of a Sporcle, to have you guess the best D-back player from every foreign country. But before going there, I thought we might as well start at home, and look at the players born in the United States of...

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Snake Bytes: 01/30 - 10 games under .500

Vegas’ verdict on the Diamondbacks is out.

Diamondbacks News Las Vegas sets the Arizona Diamondbacks Win Total

The Arizona Diamondbacks win total is set at 75.5 with a little bit of juice on the over. The number is -121 to take the over on this win total. Based on the 162 game schedule, this number suggest that the D-Backs will end up around 10 games under .500.

Diamondbacks Sign Jeurys Familia To Minor League Deal

Diamondbacks did not only sign Austin Adams and Jesse Biddle, like...

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