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SnakeBytes 9/25:

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A mound conference discusses the best ways to ensure the Diamondbacks get a better draft pick.
A mound conference discusses the best ways to ensure the Diamondbacks get a better draft pick.
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Update: Terrible news out of Miami, where Jose Fernandez has passed away at 24 following a boating accident. I know I speak for the Snake Pit as well as the rest of the baseball world in expressing shock at the loss, and thoughts and prayers for Fernandez, and all of his family and the Marlins family.

Last Night's Game

Ray Falters, Miley Dominates D-backs as Orioles Cruise
We sure are great at playing spoiler, aren't we? On the bright side, although the Twins have the #1 pick locked up, we are still in easy striking distance for the #2 pick, as the Braves are only 1 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks right now. Ideally, of course, the Diamondbacks need to win just one game the rest of the way, to get to the magic 65-97 record. Every time the D-backs have finished 65-97, they've won the division the next season.

Ray Chased Early as D-backs Fall to O's

Yasmany Tomas Benched for Apparent Lack of Hustle
I'd rather him be benched for obvious lack of defensive acumen, but that's just me, and apparently that's not "old-school" enough.

And in case you missed it...Miley salutes Goldy!

Diamondbacks News

Three Needs: Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB Trade Rumors covers the Diamondbacks in their latest installment of a series that looks at non-contenders. It's amazing how they manage to fit all of the needs into three points!

Rubby De La Rosa Likely Done for Season
I'm pretty sure this is the third or fourth time I've seen that same headline.

Season Likely Over for Zack Greinke
Not so much due to severity of the shoulder problems as to the timing. And in case you were keeping track (and plenty of people here were) his salary for the year breaks down to $1.3 million a start, $214,286.26 per inning, and $13,583.70 per pitch. Not bad work, if you can get it. Of course, the most valuable starting pitcher performance by bWAR in La Russa's time with the club belonged to Josh Collmenter in 2014, and he made less than a million in all of his 28 starts (and five relief appearances!) combined.

Around Baseball

The Worst Called Ball on Record

I'm pretty sure I remember a similar call last year in either the Phillies or Reds series, where, once again, it was the fault of the catcher.

Walk Up Music, Twisted