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Snakebytes 2/18: Almost there

Just 1 day til the first sounds of leather meeting leather at 90 mph.

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"I understand I'm different from what everyone expects or wants to see, but at this point, if you're not going to buy in to at least say that I can hold my own here, then you probably never will. So at this point it doesn't really matter if people are still second-guessing or still wondering how or why or if there's some black magic involved in how I'm able to get guys out." - Josh Collmenter

"Our staff is young, but I still think that we're going to pitch well." - General Manager Dave Stewart

Arizona Diamondbacks' soft-tossing Collmenter slowly gaining acceptance

For a pitcher without an explosive fastball, the industry-wide approval process, with its built-in bias toward velocity, can take years.

A soft-tosser can post good results in the minors but won't get the benefit of the doubt until he can do the same in the majors. And even if he gets outs in the big leagues, the industry will often want to see him do it again and again before the results are finally accepted at face value.

Diamondbacks to host Fan Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the 11th annual Subway D-backs Fan Fest from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Chase Field. This year's free event will feature question-and-answer sessions with D-backs players and a special musical performance by D-backs players Bronson Arroyo, Aaron Hill, A.J. Pollock and Mark Trumbo.

Diamondbacks: 3 Potential Breakout Candidates to Watch in Spring Training

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been busy this offseason. With new general manager Dave Stewart, new manager Chip Hale and Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa, there are high hopes for a turnaround in the desert this year.

Diamondbacks believe young pitchers can surprise

A veteran player stood alongside the bullpen mounds at Salt River Fields as a half-dozen pitchers threw side sessions one day last week. Robbie Ray was on one mound, Rubby De La Rosa on another. Was that Allen Webster at the end? The veteran wasn't sure.

Arizona Diamondbacks Players To Watch In Spring Training

It’s that time of year, baseball is right around the corner. Spring training is set to begin very soon with the Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers reporting on Thursday.