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On the third day of D-backsmas, Ken Kendrick gave to me...

Merry Christmas!

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Hohoho! Hope you’ve woken up to find everything you want lying under your Christmas tree. Unless that was for a person, in which case it probably sounds a bit Silence of the Lambs-like to me. Anyway, The second day of Christmas resulted in a close-fought battle, with both aricat and DbacKid getting well recommended. In the end aricat picked up his second straight win, edging DbackKid’s punnish “Too many losses” out with “Two Cuban projects.” I had to confirm that was not an auto-correct from “prospects,” so we’ll go with that as written.

There have been a total of seven Cuban-born players to have appeared for the Diamondbacks over their history. The most valuable pitcher is Livan Hernandez, who put up 3.1 bWAR over his season and a half in Arizona, despite a losing record overall (15-16) and a 4.64 ERA. His most memorable outing, however, was probably in the 2007 NLDS, when he won the game at Wrigley Field where we clinched the division series over the Cubs. The most valuable hitter by bWAR is... Er, turns out it’s his brother, Orlando Hernandez. He only made nine starts for us in 2006, but hit .273 in that time, to accumulate 0.2 bWAR. That’s more than either of the actual position players have with Arizona: Juan Miranda is -0.4, and Yasmany Tomas is -1.8 bWAR. Here’s to the latter changing in 2017!

And let’s move on to the next stanza.

On the third day of Xmas, Ken Kendrick gave to me...

  • ______________________________________________ [Three French hens]
  • Two Cuban projects
  • And a catcher you can have for free!