SnakeBytes 8/14: Pure Gold

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A second walk-off victory in as many days for the Diamondbacks who remain 7.5 games back of the Dodgers.

Quotes of the Day

“Every time he goes to the plate, we’re expecting great things from him.”

- Martin Prado on Paul Goldschmidt.

"You can’t dock him for anything at this point. If average is your thing, he’s hitting for average. He’s hitting for power. If RBIs are your thing, there’s that. The advanced metrics, he’s killing all those. Defensively. Base-running wise he’s good. I’m a big believer that MVP should be those very complete players. He’s really complete and playing at his best level. He’s about as MVP-worthy as it gets."

- Brandon McCarthy on Goldschmidt's MVP qualifications.

Diamondbacks News

Paul Goldschmidt’s home runs lead Arizona Diamondbacks over Baltimore Orioles

Another day another walk off homer. This time Paul Goldschmidt played hero, hitting the game winning homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to propel the Snakes to a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Oriole's.

Paul Goldschmidt: MVP?; notes from Kevin Towers; farm report; & other stuff | Insiders

No matter how impressive Paul Goldschmidt's numbers are at the end of the season, America's First Baseman's MVP chances ultimately hinge on whether the Diamondbacks make the playoffs.

Diamondbacks' Heath Bell dispels notion that money can affect a baseball player's performance ArizonaSports.com

Talk radio guys and Bickley-types like to draw a correlation between how much a player makes and his level of effort. Heath Bell, a man who is no stranger to having his effort and drive called into question following a healthy pay day, weighed in on the topic and he's not buying it. "That's just a media thing," said Bell. "I really think that's just something the media says. Everyone that I know who signs a contract, doesn't try to do anything more the next year."

Second baseman Aaron Hill thriving in the center of the D-backs' order ArizonaSports.com

Aaron Hill's presence in the lineup was sorely missed in the early going. Since returning, Hill has been as steady as ever no matter where he hits in the lineup. "I told Gibby that it doesn't matter to me where he puts me, whether it's two, three, four, five or wherever,"  said Hill. "Regardless, I'm going to be swinging and hopefully putting the ball in play. That's all I'm focused on."

Around the League

Jayson Werth argues with Gio Gonzalez in Nationals dugout | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

That's not supposed to happen.

Torii Hunter: Off-the-field issues may be behind Prince Fielder's slump - MLB - SI.com

That's probably not good either.

Marginalia

Fake Shane Spencer Hoaxes Radio Show, Implies Jeter, Rivera Used PEDs

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