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SnakeBytes 9/26: 3 Games

It's finally here, the last series of the season at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. Can the D-backs finish the season on a strong note?

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where'd everybody go?
where'd everybody go?
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Daily D-backs

D-backs hire Stewart as new general manager |
Dave Stewart officially became the D-backs' fourth full-time general manager Thursday, while De Jon Watson was hired for a key role in the baseball operations department. Both men will report to chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, with Stewart holding the title of senior vice president and general manager, and Watson as senior vice president of baseball operations.

D-backs hire Dave Stewart as GM, De Jon Watson |
The Diamondbacks officially announced the additions of Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson to their baseball operations department on Thursday afternoon. Interestingly, both will report to Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa, suggesting they are on somewhat equal footing in the organization's revamped baseball ops department.

Cahill looks to finish season on high note | Preview
Cahill fell victim to the Rockies at Coors Field in his last outing, a five-run, five-inning effort. That was the latest misstep that has yielded a 7.23 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in four September games. Manager Kirk Gibson and Cahill were both pleased with that Colorado game, during which Cahill allowed no walks for the first time since July. "I felt a lot better," Cahill said afterward. "Obviously, the results weren't there. But as far as everything else, I felt a lot better. It's just really frustrating. You give up five runs in five innings and you feel like you had better control of the game. I felt like it was one of my better games."

D-backs announce affiliation with Kane County |
The D-backs on Wednesday announced a two-year player development contract with the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League. The D-backs had been affiliated with South Bend, but when their agreement expired this year, South Bend signed a deal with the Cubs.

Arizona reacts to Jeter's walkoff
Derek Jeter capped his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, the latest storybook moment in a charmed and illustrious career, to give New York a 6-5 victory Thursday night over the Baltimore Orioles.

Gibson's relationship with La Russa helps his chances of return |
Personally, I think Gibson will be back next season. Call it an inside "hunch." But other facts are hard to ignore. The friendship he has with Tony La Russa, the team's chief baseball officer, is very real. The two are peas-and-carrots tight. Long before La Russa joined the Diamondbacks as their new czar over all baseball decisions, the two often hung out together. La Russa liked to invite Gibson to concerts and comedy shows, introducing him to entertainers from all genres.

D-backs saw good stuff from Vidal Nuño |
Just because Vidal Nuño didn't register a win in 14 starts with the Diamondbacks doesn't mean the left-hander didn't throw well or at least show promise following a July trade with the New York Yankees.


Tears Well In Derek Jeter's Eyes Following Final Botched Grounder | The Onion

Derek Jeter: Not Just a Good Hitter for a Shortstop | FanGraphs Baseball
But that’s not the only misconception I heard fairly regularly about Jeter. Perhaps because his career spanned the era where nearly ever team had a shortstop who could hit 30 home runs, even Jeter’s offensive value has been called into question, and more than once, I’ve had people ask me if Jeter was even really a great hitter; would we hold him in the same high esteem if he had (perhaps rightfully) been moved to an easier defensive position earlier in his career?

Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu | The New Yorker
Replace Ted Williams with Derek Jeter and this article still fits.

Mets Writer Notes Team Hasn't Balked All Year; Mets Immediately Balk

Twins offered to give Phil Hughes his $500,000 bonus and he turned it down | HardballTalk
Yesterday afternoon an hour-plus rain delay in the eighth inning meant Twins right-hander Phil Hughes finished his final start of the season one out short of reaching 210 innings to receive a $500,000 bonus. It was terrible timing, as the rain started pouring in Minnesota just as Hughes was cruising through his eighth inning of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks. He was in total control, with a low pitch count, and definitely would have pitched the ninth inning.

Hunter Pence is a little hyped up (Language)

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