"I would say I gained more confidence. You throw only one or two innings and you can be aggressive right away. As a starter, sometimes you 'save your bullets.' But my stuff [as a starter] wasn't that good. The last three years, I've worked the eighth and ninth innings. When you are the closer or even a setup man, all eyes are on you.''
"Being down in walks is important because the higher you go, the more patient the hitters are,'' Burgos said. I think if you saw me when I started out and compared it to now, I think you would see a pitcher who has grown a lot."
"I still don't think fans realize how affordable the tickets are at Chase Field," Hall said. "They assume it's a major league team and they can't afford to take their family there. We can do a better job of explaining to the fans that it's affordable."
With the Diamondbacks organization since 2008, Enrique Burgos struggled mightily for the first five years of his professional career, never advancing even so far as A+ ball. Moving to the bullpen, Burgos has suddenly blossomed, and became a real force to be reckoned with in 2014. Now in the AFL, Burgos is trying to reward the Diamondbacks for choosing to add him to the 40-man roster.
Unsurprisingly, the Diamondbacks' home attendance was down drastically in 2014. That happens when a team plays themselves into the first overall pick of the draft. Meanwhile, the team's television numbers have been quite strong, despite the team's performance on the field. This is only going to help the team negotiate its new television contract that will kick in in 2016 - a deal that could net the Diamondbacks an additional $30 million a year in television revenue.
Both teams in the World Series needed to play an extra game to earn their Wild Card slot in the playoffs, so perhaps it is only fitting that the series has stretched into a deciding Game 7 tonight. Tim Hudson will toe the rubber for San Francisco while Kansa City will send Jeremy Guthrie to the mound.
No, this is not a recycled article from Spring Training. The Minnesota Twins' hot prospect, Byron Buxton, has once again injured himself diving for a baseball. This time, he has dislocated a finger. It is currently uncertain how much time Buxton will miss as a result, but it likely Minnesota isn't thrilled by their rising star suffering hustle injuries in meaningless games.
It seems that the Tampa Bay Rays may be looking into extreme alternatives when dealing with the untenable situation in St. Petersburg, Florida.
There is open speculation that the Cubs could be courting Joe Maddon to helm the team, despite having Rick Renteria under contract for two more years. Renteria signed a guaranteed three-year deal with Chicago before the 2014 season in which the North-siders went 73-89. The general expectation is that the team, and everyone else, will know by Friday what is going to happen.
Fangraphs list and discusses their top 55 free agents going into this year's Hot Stove season.