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Jim McLennan

Curt Schilling asked to go into Cooperstown as a Diamondback

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He didn’t make it, but if the Veterans’ Committee induct him, we know the cap he wants to wear.

The Hall of Fame results were announced today, and much as expected, nobody was elected in the Class of 2021. Three players, with off-field issues of different kinds, got over 60%: Curt Schilling (71.1%, falling 16 votes shy of selection), Barry Bonds (61.8%) and Roger Clemens (61.6%). But all three came up short of the 75% line...

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Jim McLennan

Looking at the Diamondbacks 2021 outfield

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Two positions appear largely locked in. But there are still questions to be answered.

As mentioned when we looked at the infield, we’re going round the four section of the roster in turn. We’re doing so in increasing order of concern, based on the poll we carried out at the end of the year - since there have not since been any moves affecting the 40-man roster, those numbers still likely seem an accurate reflection of fan concern. Ranked third of the four...

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Makakilo

Predictors of Success for Diamondback Batters

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Let’s look at five batting skills.

Which inning? What’s the score? Are runners on base? Sometimes the game situation dictates the batter’s goal at the plate.

Three basic goals are get on base, advance the runners, and hit the ball out of the park. Perhaps different skills make a batter successful in each of those situations. Let’s look at five skills that indicate success.

Batting...

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Snake Bytes: 01/25 - Purple And Teal

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Bring back a championship to Arizona was not among the first executive actions.

Diamondbacks news [Twitter] VP and FLOTUS are ready for Throwback Thursday [mlb.com] These are baseball’s 10 best 1B prospects

Seth Beer on 4, Pavin Smith on 9.

Around the MLB [CBS Sports] Nationals, Brad Hand agree to one-year, $10.5 million deal, per reports

Brad Hand gives 30 MLB teams a slap in the face and signs a “bigger” deal than the $10.0 million waiver...

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Jim McLennan

Diamondbacks on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot

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This, at least, shouldn’t take long

Randy Johnson is the only player to enter the Hall of Fame wearing a Diamondbacks hat, and that’s a situation which is not likely to change any time in the near future. [Bonus point if you can name the other player voted into Cooperstown to have played for the Diamondbacks. Answer at the end] But in previous years, we have at least had a selection of players with Diamondbacks connections to talk about. Last year,...

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Jim McLennan

Your Saturday Sporcle: Diamondbacks all-time games played

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Well, no-one here should be THAT obscure...

Last week’s results

91 people took the challenge, to try and name the 45 pitchers who had saved more than one game for the Diamondbacks. This wasn’t easy, with an average score of only 32%. That said, however, there were still a trio of names who were correctly remembered by over 90% of participants. Leading them was Byung-Hyun Kim, who was listed by all but one person: maybe having the shortest name worked in...

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James Attwood

Snake Bytes: 1/23 - Another Legend Passes

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Few players have had as much impact both on and off the field as Hammerin’ Hank Aaron.

Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Dies at 86

Henry “Hank” Louis Aaron has died Friday at age 86. Arguably the greatest right-handed hitter to ever play the game, Hank Aaron’s MLB accomplishments are almost too numerous to be listed all in one place.

Aaron Maintained Hope and Optimism Through Racial Adversity

Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier, paving the way for...

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SnakePit Hall of Fame 2021 ballot

No clear-cut candidates this year, I’d say. But what do you think?

I’m not sure, but I don’t think I ever got round to writing up the 2020 SnakePit Hall of Fame ballot results. If so, I can’t find the post listing them. I probably got distracted what with everything else that was going on in the first month of the year. So, before we get tore into this year’s ballot, here’s a quick summary.

There were two players who reached the 75% necessary. Unsurprisingly, Derek Jeter made...

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Michael McDermott

Can the Arizona Diamondbacks make Chris Devenski great again?

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The most recent minor league signee has very encouraging peripherals, but has struggled to limit runs the past two seasons.

The Arizona Diamondbacks continue to make moves around the fringes this offseason, but they inked an intriguing piece in former Astros bullpen ace Chris Devenski. After acquiring him for Brett Myers back in 2012, the former 25th round pick developed into a bullpen weapon for Houston. In his first two seasons, Devenski put up a 2.38 ERA,...

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Jack Sommers

Ryan Buchter : Diamondbacks Primary Left Hand Reliever?

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

A possible bargain reliever that could work out well

Look up the definition of journeyman left hand reliever, and you might find an image of Ryan Buchter. You probably also will find his picture next to the definition of perseverance as well. Signed to a minor league contract by the D-backs a couple of days ago, he’ll make 925K if he makes the major league roster.

I’m highlighting him and will go into some depth here because I think there is a pretty...

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Jim McLennan

Say hello to 2021’s new (minor-league contract) Diamondbacks

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Maybe no 40-man roster arrivals of late, but plenty of minor-league deals handed out.

While major-league contracts have been notable by their absence at Chase Field this winter, there has been a lot of activity on the “invite to spring training” front. We’ll probably be talking about all the non-roster invitees, including the team’s prospects, after they are announced. Indeed, don’t be surprised to see some of the paragraphs below showing up...

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Jim McLennan

SB Nation Reacts: Should there be a DH in 2021?

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Sadly (IMHO), the trend seems to be towards it.

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Arizona Diamondbacks fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Despite the baseball season being just a few months away, there are still major decisions left to be made.

Last season, among the many other changes to the shortened season, every team in MLB...

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Diamondbacks sign former All-Star reliever Chris Devenski

There’s plenty of upside for the D-backs in signing Devenski, who’ll add an experienced arm to a largely untested group of Arizona relievers.

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James Attwood

Snake Bytes: 1/20 - Big Morning for Canada

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While the U.S. may be getting ready to swear in a new President, Canadians are waking up to a pair of new players, including one of the biggest names of this season’s free agent market.

BA Top-100 Features Five Diamondbacks

Corbin Carroll leads all Diamondbacks on the list, coming in at #42. Also on the list are Daulton Varsho (67), Geraldo Perdomo (75), Kristian Robinson (93), and Alek Thomas (94).

Diamondbacks Sign Chris Devenski

The...

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Jim McLennan

Looking at the Diamondbacks 2021 infield

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The Off-season of the Living Dead continues to shamble on...

We are now getting close to three months since the end of the 2020 season, and the team has done... very little, especially considering they finished last in the National League West. Indeed, discounting the prospects added to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, there is not a single player on Arizona’s 40-man roster, who wasn’t already there when the World Series ended on October 27. The team...

Yardbarker: Arizona Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks sign veteran lefty Ryan Buchter to minors contract

Buchter has a 2.90 ERA over 220 career innings with the Braves, Padres, Royals, Athletics and Angels.

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Makakilo

Will the Diamondbacks Experience a Bounce at Third?

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A quick look at two third basemen: Eduardo Escobar and Maikel Franco.

Sometimes it’s all about bouncing back as a batter.

Let’s look at two bouncing third basemen: Eduardo Escobar and Maikel Franco. The key questions are: “Why did change happen in 2020?”, “Will Escobar bounce back?”, and “Is Franco’s batting bounce maintainable?”

Why did Eduardo Escobar slump? Escobar’s batting slumped in 2020. A few measures that fell are:...

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Snake Bytes: 01/18 - Hibernation

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Zzzzzzzzzzzz...

Diamondbacks news [Baseball America] International signings tracker

Last week MLB teams were allowed to sign international prospects. The biggest splash so far was made by the Houston Astros who signed 22 year old Cuban outfielder Pedro Leon for $4,000,000. The New York Mets (Jared Porter?) and San Francisco Giants have been amongst the most active teams on the international signings market thus far.

The Diamondbacks are not expected to add any...

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Jim McLennan

Diamondbacks Most Valuable Player: Zac Gallen

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The SnakePit has spoken. A pitcher can also be the most valuable player...

It was a two-horse race for this title, between Zac Gallen and Kole Calhoun. Well, at least it was, once I’d eliminated the person who had voted seven times for Tim Locastro. I’d like to thanks Mrs. Locastro for visiting the SnakePit. :) Otherwise though, I let the ballots fall where they may, and Gallen edged Calhoun, though the final margin was relatively tight - just two...

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Jim McLennan

Your Saturday Sporcle: Arizona’s Save-iours

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We have some closers over the year, good and bad. How many do you remember?

Last week’s results

We asked you about starting third basemen for the D-backs, and we got our first unanimous pick of the series. 88 people tried their hand, and 88 of them got Matt Williams. Of course, it might have been a bit of a help that we discussed him at length in the article, in reference to his time at shortstop, and the pic illustrating it was also of...

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