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  1. And this is why Team USA won’t ever win a WBC

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:35 PM EST

    J.P. Arencibia

    Of the 223 players with at least 350 plate appearances in 2012, J.P. Arencibia ranked 169th in wOBA. Among those players born in the United States, he’s not one of the top 100 hitters. Maybe he’s in the 100-150 range. Yet there was Arencibia getting what may well have been the biggest at-bat for Joe…

  2. Mark Teixeira injures forearm, to miss World Baseball Classic

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:04 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    Yankees and Team USA first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a strained right forearm hitting off a tee Tuesday before an exhibition against the White Sox and will miss the World Baseball Classic. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, he’s currently slated to miss 7-10 days. FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi confirmed through an official that Teixeira would…

  3. Old friends in the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:57 AM EST

    Chris Snelling - Bowman Chrome

    Instead of complaining about the fact that Heath Bell and Willie Bloomquist are on Team USA’s provisional World Baseball Classic roster, I thought it might be more fun to highlight some ex-major leaguers dotting the rosters of other squads: Australia RHP Chris Oxspring (35) – Appeared in five games for Padres in 2005 LHP Ryan…

  4. Team USA’s roster announced for the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    American Flag

    The roster for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic was just announced.  It breaks down like this: Catchers: Joe Mauer, J.P. Arencibia, Jonathan Lucroy 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Brandon Phillips SS: Jimmy Rollins 3B: David Wright Utility: Ben Zobrist, Willie Bloomquist Outfielders: Ryan Braun, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino Lefties: Jeremy Affeldt, Tim Collins, Derek…

  5. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

  6. Alfonso Soriano says Starlin Castro needs to “concentrate more on the game”

    Aug 11, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Starlin Castro AP

    Starlin Castro wasn’t the only member of the Cubs who made mistakes in yesterday’s loss to the Reds at Wrigley Field. In fact, the Cubs committed five errors for the first time since 2006. But the 22-year-old was the focus after the game. Castro, who has a history of mental lapses, committed a fielding error…

  7. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  8. See the Brewers win on a double-error

    Jul 2, 2012, 12:10 PM EST

    Brewers

    When Carlos Gomez scored to give the Brewers a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday, it was the first time since 1993 that a game ended on a play with two errors. Here’s the video: And this is one of the things about errors: the game-ending miscues here were charged to catcher Miguel Montero…

  9. Stephen Drew ready to go nine innings

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:03 AM EST

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew is getting closer to returning to the Arizona lineup. He’ll play nine innings in extended spring games both Friday and Saturday as he further steps up his rehab. Drew has been on the DL all season after suffering a broken ankle sliding into home plate last July 20. The Diamondbacks, though, have gotten…

  10. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 24, 2012, 8:28 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees

    Yankees 8, Royals 3: Alex Rodriguez would like the New York sporting press to write more career obituaries for him. It seems to suit him nicely (2 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI). Reds 2, Braves 1: Todd Frazier hit a walkoff homer. It came off  Cristhian Martinez because, as everyone knows, Fredi Gonzalez would be drummed…

  11. Geoff Blum expected to miss 4-8 weeks with torn oblique

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    geoff-blum-diamondbacks

    Geoff Blum was placed on the disabled list Wednesday after injuring his oblique muscle taking batting practice won’t be returning to the Diamondbacks any time soon. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Blum has been diagnosed with a torn oblique and expects to be sidelined for 4-8 weeks. Blum, who missed 127 games with injuries…

  12. Diamondbacks place Geoff Blum on DL, call up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Aaron Hill, Geoff Blum, Gerardo Parra

    Geoff Blum pulled a muscle in his side while taking batting practice yesterday, so the Diamondbacks have placed the 39-year-old on the disabled list while calling up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock to take his roster spot. Blum received just 14 total plate appearances through 10 games and the presence of Willie Bloomquist and John…

  13. Justin Upton to see hand specialist for thumb injury

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:05 PM EST

    Justin Upton

    Justin Upton‘s thumb injury is suddenly looking like a bigger deal. FOXSportsArizona’s Jack Magruder reports that he’ll get an MRI and see a hand specialist. A DL stint is a possibility. Upton was a trendy pick to win NL MVP honors this year after busting out for 31 homers as a 23-year-old last season. However,…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Was 2011 a fluke for the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Justin Upton, Matt Davidson, Chris Young

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Was 2011 a fluke year? The Diamondbacks went from 70 wins in 2009 to…

  15. Stephen Drew “looks very unlikely” for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Two weeks ago Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew admitted that missing the beginning of the season was a possibility as he recovers from last year’s broken ankle and now Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic takes it one step further. Piecoro writes that no one has ruled out Drew being ready for the opener, but “the…

  16. Stephen Drew acknowledges he may miss start of season

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:03 PM EST

    stephen drew getty

    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew had his 2011 season cut short in late July after suffering a fractured right ankle while sliding into home plate. And he’s still battling the injury here in March. According to MLB.com beat man Steve Gilbert, Drew is “nowhere near the point in his recovery” where he is ready to appear…

  17. Running down the rosters: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:04 AM EST

    Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton

    Give the Diamondbacks credit; even though all of the team’s key players were already under control for 2012, they didn’t stand pat after winning the NL West crown last season. In writing the team’s postmortem last October, I stated that adding a No. 3 starter had to be the priority. That’s what the team did…

  18. Willie Bloomquist is the Pavement of baseball players

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    willie-bloomquist-diamondbacks

    After that Madonna post I feel like I sort of need to come back quickly and re-establish some form of musical credibility. So, now I will tell you all about how great I think the Pet Shop Boys are … Kidding! I offer you a link (sorry, subscription only) to Baseball Prospectus in which Geoff Young…

  19. So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals. Then…

  20. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  21. Jason Kubel an odd fit, but he can help Arizona

    Dec 19, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    Jason Kubel

    Adding a non-star to play left field shouldn’t have been a priority for the Diamondbacks, but I’m not buying all of the talk that Jason Kubel is a downgrade for Arizona. That’s not to say it’s not possible. Gerardo Parra hit .292/.357/.427 in 445 at-bats and won a Gold Glove as the Diamondbacks’ primary left…

  22. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  23. Tigers re-sign Ramon Santiago to two-year contract

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

    Ramon Santiago

    After testing the free agent market Ramon Santiago has decided to remain in Detroit, re-signing with the Tigers on a two-year contract. As the Tigers’ utility man Santiago has averaged just 278 plate appearances during the past four years, but depending on how the rest of the offseason plays out he could get an opportunity…

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