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Herald Letter: Nickname not just about athletes

Apparently, UND Alumnus Ralph Sollom didn't appreciate Mike Jacobs op-ed the other day.  Thoughts? Per the Grand Forks Herald: The people of North Dakota built the University of North Dakota and alumni from all over the world support it in many ways. Students attending UND and people who work there all have a stake in UND. If they are interested in picking a nickname for UND...
Via Goon's World
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Godley, Peralta lead Diamondbacks to fourth straight win

SEATTLE -- Rookie right-hander Zack Godley pitched six strong innings in his second career start, David Peralta had three hits and two RBIs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Godley (2-0), who pitched six shutout innings to win his debut last week, allowed three runs on six hits, including solo homers...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Jacobs: Limit UND nickname vote to active athletes

In today's Grand Forks Herald, former Herald editor Mike Jacobs suggests that the current athletes pick the new UND nickname. I could live with that. There's a very good chance that we wouldn't end up with the moronic nickname Sundogs.Per the Grand Forks Herald. The best, most credible constituency to vote on a new nickname is the university's active athletes.-- the people who will...
Via Goon's World
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks trade rumors: Cole Hamels edition

The Arizona Diamondbacks appeared to ditch their buying strategy after a post All-Star game slide, but it looks like they’re still interested in one player Diamondbacks Have Expressed Interest In Cole Hamels — MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 27, 2015 It makes some sense, Cole Hamels is locked up through 2019, so he doesn’t have to take...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs activate Saltalamacchia, return Leone to Double-A

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks reinstated catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the 15-day disabled list and optioned relief pitcher Dominic Leone to Double-A Mobile. Saltalamacchia had been sidelined with a strained neck. He is 13 for 61 with one home run in 20 games for the Diamondbacks, who signed him on May 7 as a minor-league free agent.
Via Fox Sports Arizona
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Crew suffers another shutout at hands of Diamondbacks

PHOENIX -- Jeremy Hellickson threw six strong innings, Chris Owings drove in two runs with a pinch-hit, two-out double and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Milwaukee 3-0 on Sunday to take three of four from the suddenly punchless Brewers, shut out in consecutive games for the first time this season. Jake Lamb tripled, doubled, drove in a run and scored another for the Diamondbacks,...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
4 days ago  |  Discuss

De La Rosa, Diamondbacks shut down Brewers

PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale walked out to the mound in the eighth inning, fully ready to bring in closer Brad Ziegler. Before pulling the trigger, he wanted to visit Rubby De La Rosa to determine if he had anything left. Seeing and hearing what he wanted from his starter and catcher Welington Castillo, Hale left De La Rosa in and the young right-hander got two...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks trade rumors: Brad Ziegler

The Arizona Diamondbacks are receiving a lot of interest in closer Brad Ziegler. It’s a surprise that this didn’t come sooner, but perhaps it’s because the D’Backs looked like they were going to contend until their recent plummet. Now at 44-50, playoff chances look slim and the team needs to be prepared to sell the players who won’t contribute in the future. Brad Ziegler’s...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers can't solve Godley, who pitches D-backs to 8-3 win in major-league debut

PHOENIX -- Zack Godley struck out seven in six shutout innings in his major league debut, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. Godley, a 25-year-old right-hander called up from Double-A before Thursday's game, held the Brewers to four hits, sprinting off the mound to the dugout after each inning. He got run support from...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers, Diamondbacks headed in opposite directions

The records say the Arizona Diamondbacks are better than the Milwaukee Brewers. But recent play indicates otherwise. Both teams had 14-14 records in June, but in July the Brewers have taken off (11-5) while the Diamondbacks have floundered (6-10). Things point for further success for Milwaukee, which is 22-24 on the road including 8-2 in its last 10 games away from home. Arizona...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Fernandez hits David Peralta in head; Diamondbacks take offense (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez hit Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta in the head with a fastball on Wednesday night. There’s no reason to believe Fernandez did it on purpose. However, the D-Backs apparently felt there was intent. Peralta, who eventually walked off under his own power, laid on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How Many GMs See Their Amateur Free Agents to the Bigs?

Last week at Grantland, two friends of the show in Jonah Keri and Nick Piecoro had a wonderful discussion about all things Arizona Diamondbacks, including the Touki Toussaint trade that caused many a skeptical eyebrow to be raised in the Diamondbacks’ direction. While Keri and Piecoro by no means endorsed the Diamondbacks’ recent moves, they […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa says Diamondbacks are 'buyers,' will make move soon

There might soon be some new additions to the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the trade deadline just over a week away, D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa revealed to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that the team is taking an aggressive approach towards acquiring new players through the trade market. "We will make a move, at the trade deadline or this winter," La Russa said. "We want...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Peralta feels fine after taking pitch to head

PHOENIX -- David Peralta saw the ball headed for his head but couldn't get out of the way. Luckily, he moved just enough so that the 97 mph fastball from the Marlins' Jose Fernandez caught the slightest bit of Peralta's right shoulder before it slammed into his helmet near the ear hole Wednesday night. It left Peralta lying on the ground in front of home plate for a few minutes....
Via Fox Sports Arizona
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking for the Next Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt is one of the very best hitters on the planet. Through the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks star first baseman wields a batting line of .340/.455/.610, giving him a 183 wRC+ — the fourth-highest such mark among qualified hitters. He was one of the game’s best hitters last year, too. And also the year before […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Welington Castillo gives Yasmany Tomas a head massage (Video)

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo gave teammate Yasmany Tomas a head massage in the dugout during the second inning of Saturday night's game against San Francisco. Tomas didn't seem to mind the head rub, so Castillo kept it going for a while, and it was a bit awkward to watch.Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.
Via Holdout Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks fans dress up for Star Wars Night (Video)

Arizona Diamondbacks fans got into the spirit of Star Wars Night by coming to Saturday's game dressed up as their favorite characters from the movie series, leading to some interesting scenes around the ball park. Some D-backs fans wore only masks, and Chewbacca masks seemed to be particularly popular. A few fans went all out with full costumes, including Stormtroopers and Princess...
Via Holdout Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Weighing Options as Trade Deadline Approaches

CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: National League All-Star A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats in the seventh inning American League All-Star Dellin Betances #68 of the New York Yankees during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) On the cusp of Wild Card contention, the Arizona Diamondbacks...
Via The Sports Journal
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks set to activate outfielder Ender Inciarte

The Arizona Diamondbacks‘ outfield is going to get a little more crowded on Friday, when the team will activate outfielder Ender Inciarte from the disabled list. Inciarte has missed a month due to a strained right hamstring. During the All-Star break, Inciarte was on a rehab assignment with Double-A Mobile. In five games, he went 6-for-20 with a home run. Before Mobile, Inciarte...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks top five disappointments of 2015

The Arizona Diamondbacks, at 42-45, are doing better than most people expected. Still, the surprising season doesn’t come without a few disappointments. Here are my top five: 5. Addison Reed Any fan who watched Addison Reed pitch in 2014 isn’t all that surprised about his performance this year. With an ERA of 4.25 in 2014, Reed hardly proved to be a successful closer. Still...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Pollock is Arizona Diamondbacks’ Latest Breakout Hitter

CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: National League All-Star A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats in the seventh inning American League All-Star Dellin Betances #68 of the New York Yankees during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Since his debut in 2011, Arizona first baseman Paul...
Via The Sports Journal
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four."...
Via Athlon Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Close out First Half on Sour Note

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale, center, pulls Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa (12) as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) looks away in a baseball game in New York, Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Just when it seemed the Arizona Diamondbacks were poised to get back in the thick of the N.L. Wild Card race after gaining ground...
Via The Sports Journal
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks are contenders, but team's direction is unclear

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been a tough read this season. Entering the season, things were looking a bit more positive for the club. The team cemented its management structure, bringing in Chip Hale at manager and Dave Stewart at general manager. The D-Backs also scored in free agency, bringing in the most coveted international free agent Yasmany Tomas with a mammoth six...
Via The Outside Corner
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

D-Backs essentially sell top pitching prospect to Braves

Over the past six or so months, the Atlanta Braves have been serving as a dumping ground for other teams’ bad contracts. They’ve taken on Trevor Cahill, Cameron Maybin (which has actually worked out quite well for them), Carlos Quentin, and Juan Uribe (among others), all owed large amounts of money, in deals while also picking up better prospects. On Saturday night, that strategy...
Via The Outside Corner
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

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