SnakeBytes 9/27: Closing Up Shop

Those are cool Kung-fu moves A.J. - Denis Poroy

After you finish reading this edition of SnakeBytes, you won't have to hear from me anymore. It's been a ride to say the least and I'm happy I could bring you your favorite teams' news. Like with everything, the year will be reviewed in detail and that is what dominates the D-backs.

Quotables

It just disappeared. It was like going into a room and them shutting the lights off when someone throws a ball at you. I feel bad, because I'm out there trying to make a play for [pitcher Josh] Collmenter. It's pretty frustrating. But looking back on it I don't know what else I could have done. It's tough. I hate losing. I hate giving up runs for my team. But I wish there was something I could have done.

- A.J. Pollock

Nine of 11 innings were three-and-out, so they weren't very good at-bats. I don't know what to tell you. You have to ask them what the story was. We didn't swing the bats well.

- Kirk Gibson

If we could fix it, we would. Obviously we're not swinging the bat real good right now and it's easy to sit there, point fingers and say we're having too many 1-2-3 innings; yeah, we know. But it's not like we're up there trying to go 1-2-3 every inning. It's a combination of we've seen some pretty good pitching, we've hit some balls hard and the ball just doesn't really go anywhere here. There's every excuse in the book you can think of, but we as hitters try not to use those. It's just one of those things; we're in a little bit of a funk swinging and we're [hoping to] get our way out of it.

- Willie Bloomquist

Daily Diamondbacks

D-backs fall on walk-off single in extra innings | MLB.com
Tommy Medica led off the 11th by beating out a dribbler to the left of the mound, and he went to third on the ball that Pollock lost. After an intentional walk to Nick Hundley, Alexi Amarista ended the game with a single up the middle.

Nationals, D-backs open final series in Arizona | mlb.com
They won't be going to the playoffs, but they can both be proud of their season. The D-backs and Nationals will meet this weekend for their final series of the regular season, and both teams can look back on a rich campaign that saw them compete for a Wild Card berth deep into the season. Washington, in fact, has the best record (30-15) of any big league team since Aug. 9.

D-backs want more power, from within or otherwise
The Diamondbacks wanted to get away from a dependence on the home run this season, and they did. They have 130, which ranks 26th in the major leagues. Looking back, they believe they may have gone too far, although part of that was out of their control.

D-backs to make decision on coaching staff | dbacks.com
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said the fate of the entire team's coaching staff will be resolved within a few days of the conclusion of the regular season.

Towers backs Gibson for potential fourth season | dbacks.com
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said his recommendation to ownership will be that manager Kirk Gibson return as manager in 2014, and all indications are that Gibson will be back for his fourth full season.

Taking a look at good, bad from the 2013 season
For the second year in a row, the Diamondbacks will finish at or around the .500 mark, with players again lamenting their inability to put together an extended winning streak. There were many reasons for this.

GM Kevin Towers will look at coaching staff soon after season ends
General Manager Kevin Towers said he will meet with manager Kirk Gibson on Monday to go over his staff, and he expects they will decide within "two or three days" after Sunday’s season finale whether changes are necessary.

Today in Baseball

Jim Leyland is a terrible dancer
Just terrible.

Mo exits final home game to heartfelt ovation | MLB.com
Just awesome.

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