"I know that Tony's days as a manager are over -- he wanted to finish on top and he did. Now he's in this new role and again, he wants to get on top and eventually finish on top there, too. He's determined and he's motivated by that."
- Derrick Hall on Tony La Russa possibly managing.
The D-backs defeated the Padres, 5-1, in the series opener at Chase Field on Friday thanks to Josh Collmenter's 8 1/3-inning gem.
Miguel Montero doesn't watch baseball on television. Nor does he play it on his PlayStation. "It's kind of a slow game," he said. "I think it's boring."
While a pair of Diamondbacks are closing in on the end of their recoveries, another's return from injury is a little more uncertain.
Outfielder A.J. Pollock is expected to restart his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Saturday, the D-backs announced before Friday's game against the Padres. Ziegler's first and final games of the trip went fine, as he combined for 1 2/3 innings with no runs allowed, but in between he had a pair of blown saves and gave up three runs. The D-backs and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt introduced a third, throwback Goldschmidt "Bleacher Creature" doll on Friday.
When the Arizona Diamondbacks hired Tony La Russa as their new chief baseball officer in Mid-May, the thought crossed your mind that the third-winningest manager in the history of the sport would come down into the dugout to skipper the team. When the Diamondbacks released a season ticket renewal video on their official website with La Russa depicted in uniform, you probably thought about it even more. Club president and CEO Derrick Hall is here to erase that thought from your mind.
Yes, he's 32 years old and advanced defensive metrics would suggest things aren't going as smoothly at the keystone as in previous seasons, but Hill insists he feels the same as he always has.
San Diego manager Bud Black won't have to check in with Andrew Cashner before Saturday night to see if the hurler is ready to face the D-backs at Chase Field.
Mike Minor's resurgence continued in a flirtation with history on Friday night in Cincinnati. The left-hander tossed 7 2/3 no-hit innings before yielding a game-tying single to Billy Hamilton, but a two-run homer by Justin Upton in the12th lifted the Braves to a 3-1 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Fans were excited when the Creighton Bluejays unveiled their new logo, but not everyone felt the same way. According to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays are fighting the logo change, arguing that Creighton's design is too similar to theirs: