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SnakeBytes: 3/22, Catching Up Edition

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Since there's an off-day today for the Diamondbacks, let's begin proceedings with a bumper bundle of links and other stuff to tide you through this non-meaningless spring contest period, stretching all the way until, ooh, tomorrow afternoon... Let's start with some bits and pieces on Paul Goldschmidt

  • [FoxSportsArizona[ Goldschmidt keeps focus on improvement - "My whole goal in spring training is to continue to learn, continue to improve and be ready for the start of the year," he said. "Once the start of the year comes, do whatever I do to help the team. That was my goal last year, my goal the year before. That's what I'll try to do this year."
  • [] Towers: Experience will benefit Goldschmidt - "I've have not seen anything that's led me to believe this is a fluke," Towers said. "Knowing the kid, his personality, his work ethic, his baseball instincts, make me believe that he's for real and only going to get better with time."
  • [] Goldschmidt has backup plan in world of finance - "The D-backs slugging first baseman wanted to make sure he had fallback options should this baseball thing not work out for him. A finance major at Texas State University, Goldschmidt had an internship in the financial sector lined up for this past offseason."

And the rest of our prospects...

Other team news

  • [USA Today] Star outfield leads Diamondbacks' NL West defense - "They don't have a catchy nickname or cute promotional spots, but the Arizona Diamondbacks outfield has no interest in hype. They'll let the accolades, statistics and scouting reports do all their talking. And what they're saying is that the Arizona outfield might be the best in baseball."
  • [] Steve Gilbert live web chat - "Brett Lorin a Rule 5 Draft pick, has thrown five shutout innings, but has drawn little attention this spring. That jumps out, and the D-backs may look to make a deal to keep him."
  • [FoxSportsArizona] Kubel planning to be 'old self' with D-backs - "Before every pitch, Kubel looks into the plate to see what pitch his catcher is calling. Kubel then can subtly shift his position to account for speed and location. It's the way it is done in the Minnesota organization, and it's the way Gibson wants it done, too."
  • [AZCentral] Diamondbacks epitomize never-say-die mentality - Gibson: "I hope we don't have to come back as much and we have more leads... It's not going to lay out exactly how it did last year. But there's a combination out there that works for us. Every team every year is different."
  • [] D-backs embrace 'underdog' status - "I feel like we're the underdogs," Gibson said. "That's just the kind of attitude you've got to take. You can't anything for granted. I think we know we're good, but I think we understand that we've got to carry the lunch bucket every day. It's a tremendous commitment, mentally and physically, and as a team, together, that we're going to encounter."

Bits and pieces...