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Or "shameless SEO whoring edition," if you prefer. :) There will be a Super Bowl thread later on in the day, going up shortly before the official start time - 4:30pm Arizona, should you be interested. In the meantime, here are this week's batch of links 'n' stuff.
- [dbacks.com] Five D-backs prospects land on Top 100 list - Tyler Skaggs (10), Archie Bradley (24), Didi Gregorius (63), Matt Davidson (77) and Adam Eaton (97) were the D-backs prospects that made the rankings. "We feel like we've got players throughout our system," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said last fall. "We've got an extra pick in this year's Draft, a lottery pick. If we could keep nailing these Drafts, we should be set up pretty good."
- [Kitsap Sun] Bloomquist reluctantly easing up - An interesting chat with Willie B. Here's what he has to say about the arrival of Pennington and Gregorius. "If I were GM, I'd do the same thing, but it doesn't make it any easier for me to swallow. I'm sitting here thinking I can do the job. From their point of view, I broke down and got hurt last year... For me I use it as fuel to the fire. OK, they're obviously not thrilled with me getting hurt and not thrilled with what I did. The approach and mindset I'm taking is bring in whoever you want. It won't change the way I play. Either my game will be good enough or not."
- [Baseball Nation] Does Martin Prado's new deal justify trading Justin Upton? - "With Prado locked up through 2016 and with the well for Upton perhaps poisoned in Phoenix and with the Diamondbacks getting a few prospects (however marginal) in the deal, I'm less inclined to think this was a big mistake than I did last week.... Randall Delgado is more than a "marginal prospect". If he pitches well for the Diamondbacks, they could easily "win" this trade."
- [CBSSports.com] 2013 Fantasy outlooks: Arizona Diamondbacks - A decent review of the current state of the team, including a comparison of Adam Eaton's minor-league numbers, with those of Mike Trout. It does flatter Eaton, since it doesn't take into account the Reno effect. Still...
- [KVOA.com] Diamondbacks and Padres to play Spring Training game in Tucson - "The Tucson Padres and the Pima County Sports & Tourism Authority have announced the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres will play a split-squad Spring Training game at Kino Stadium on Sunday, March 17 at 1:05 pm."
- [KTAR.com] Mark Grace to serve DUI sentence at Tent City - Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace will serve his DUI prison sentence in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Tent City. "It's only fair," Arpaio said. "You treat everybody the same. Under the same circumstances, people go into the tents. I've had other celebrities in the tents, so I think it's only a fairness issue. I'm sure he'll understand." Arpaio said he will make sure other inmates do not start problems with Grace. "I feel very comfortable that he won't have any problems living in the tents."
- [York Daily Record] York Revolution lose Chris Nowak to Diamondbacks - "Nowak, 29, hit 59 homers in two seasons in York, including a club-record 34 this season... Primarily a first baseman with York, he also took over at third at the end of last season, playing well. He also has experience playing corner outfield positions. Nowak played third and batted .311 with a .442 on-base percentage and six homers in 37 games in the Venezuela winter league this offseason." See TolkeinBard's Fanshot for more discussion of this one.
- [Chicago Tribune] White Sox claim Lars Anderson off waivers - "The White Sox claimed first baseman Lars Anderson off waivers from Arizona, making the Sox his fourth franchise in the last year."
- [KZTV10.com] Cliff Pennington's #7 Carroll Jersey Retired - "The number 7 will no longer be an option for baseball players at Carroll High School. Cliff Pennington wore it too well. Corpus Christi's own was back in town on Saturday for a ceremony in his honor. Pennington told us how proud he is of where he came from. Where he came from is certainly proud of him as well."
- [Baseball Nation] Requiem for the 00s: The Decline of Topps Baseball Cards - "The era of the speculator is over, and even "collecting for fun and profit" isn't all that profitable. When the fun is gone -- and given Topps' choices, it's going fast -- why buy?"
- [Japan Times] Ex-pitcher Kuwata instructs teachers on corporal punishment - "Former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Masumi Kuwata held a lecture for teachers on corporal punishment in Osaka, where a high school student committed suicide last year after being slapped by his basketball club adviser. [He] talked about his experience of visiting a school in the United States while he was playing there. "There was no shouting or beating at all. (The students) were playing baseball in a free and relaxed manner," he said. "Seeing that major leaguers come from such an environment is proof we can train people to become wonderful players without corporal punishment."
- [Fantasy CPR] The McNamara Fallacy and Justin Upton - An interesting look at the Upton trade and the value of non-performance related things like negotiating rights and the dreaded "intangibles"...
- [ESPN New York] Sources: Operator of Miami clinic linked to PEDs and MLB treated Yankees' Alex Rodriguez directly - One night last spring, a source said, Bosch told associates he had been kicked out of Rodriguez's home after he had trouble locating a vein, infuriating the player. The sources did not say why Bosch would have been tapping a vein, as HGH and testosterone do not require intravenous injections. But whatever he was doing, "Tony said A-Rod was pissed at him," a source said. "He said he was bleeding everywhere."