SnakeBytes, 7/4: Declaration of Independence

Justin Upton tries to escape Chase Field during last night's fiasco. The crowd, having none of it, immediately threw him back.

Hey, they're announcing the All-Star Team this afternoon! I'm sure you're just as excited as I am to discover which Diamondback has made the team whether the divine genius of La Strasburg has been rightfully honored by those barely barely worthy of refilling his rosin-bag. In the meantime, there's a game of baseball this afternoon: well, assuming Arizona show up for it, because they sure as hell didn't last night. The following recaps are rated NC-17 for extreme blundering and harsh incompetence...

After the jump, more background rumblings on what might have been behind the departure of Josh Byrnes, news about Brandon Webb, and some last thoughts from AJ Hinch.


Team News

  • [] Tangled in a web of small-market reality - "You can nitpick some of Byrnes’ baseball decisions – the long-term extension to Eric Byrnes, the decision to pick up Webb’s 2010 option, the decision to save resources by trading Jose Valverde – but small-market teams are only as good their players and the money committed to them."
  • [AZCentral] Sources: Byrnes-Hall rift in running Diamondbacks helped get GM fired - "The case for firing Josh Byrnes as Diamondbacks general manager was made by ownership Friday morning, with everything from simple wins and losses, shoddy relief work and a barren farm system cited as reasons. But those close to the situation insist the deteriorating relationship between Byrnes and Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall had more to do with Byrnes' dismissal."
  • [] Youngblood to join D-backs as coach - "Former Major Leaguer Joel Youngblood will join the D-backs' coaching staff Saturday. The D-backs are expected to announce Saturday evening that Youngblood will take over as third-base coach, with Bo Porter moving from third to bench coach, a spot previously occupied by interim manager Kirk Gibson. "
  • [AZCentral] Rough time for Arizona's professional sports owners - "This is not an easy business," Kendrick said. "I've said this (before). When I got involved in it, I thought it would be hard. I can say honestly I didn't think it would be this hard."
  • [The Canadian Press] Webb says something clicked, hopes to return for 6-8 starts - Smiling and optimistic as he talked to reporters outside his locker, he said his trademark sinker ball, one of the best in baseball, is back. "It's totally the same, I think," Webb said. "It's been good. When I stay behind the ball and get on top, it's definitely there."
  • [AZCentral] Hinch won’t entertain what-ifs on way out - "When I chose the accept the job and made the commitment to change courses in my career I really thought it was the right thing to do and I really thought things were going to be better and I could be a part of the solution," Hinch said. "Regardless of the breakdowns of why we’ve lost so many games or the direction this team was heading, I can’t really live in that world of ‘if this’ or ‘if that.’ I certainly wish things would have been different."

Around the Vuvuzela, Featuring Your 2011 All-Star (Provisional), Stephen Strasbug

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