[D’backs.com] 5 offseason questions looming for D-backs - Plenty of questions. Just as many opinions on the way. It’ll be up to the Diamondbacks front office to develop the roadmap going forward. We’ll be here either way.
[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks mutually split with hitting coach Dave Magadan - Dave Magadan, Tim Laker, and Robert Van Scoyoc played paper-rock-scissors in the clubhouse on Monday to see who stayed. Laker and Van Scoyoc will now play chicken on the shoulders of Goldy and Peralta in the Ram Trucks Pool to see who takes over as hitting coach later today.
“It was a mutually-agreed-upon decision,” Lovullo said. “On the one side, the offensive performance wasn’t up to what I felt like was our capabilities, and in our discussions with him, he expressed an interest to be a little bit closer to home and be near his family.”
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks enter offseason with course ahead still uncharted - As Jim informed last night, the staff will be discussing rebuilding, retooling, and going for it. From yesterday’s press conference, it sounds as if the braintrust will be doing their own whiteboarding as well.
“The one thing I would just say is we’re not where we need to be right now, clearly,” Hazen said. “There were certainly some good things that happened this year, but I think it wasn’t what we envisioned in terms of what our goals were. Our goal was to go out and compete for a World Series championship and we didn’t do that. That falls as much on me as anybody in regard to what we did this year.”
[The Athletic] ‘My job is to make it work’: A Q&A with hitting coach Dave Magadan as he leaves the Diamondbacks - Lets ask the hitting coach himself about how he feels after leaving the team.
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[MLB Trade Rumors] First-Round Order For 2019 MLB Draft - Mike Hazen’s first two drafts have been less than stellar for lack of better terms. Now that the 2018 regular season has concluded, we know that Arizona will be drafting 16th and 26th in the 2019 First Year Amateur Draft. There will surely be a competitive balance pick following the first round in the 30’s or 40’s. There is also the possibility of two compensation picks provided that Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock are extended, and decline, qualifying offers and sign with another team in free agency for a certain set of terms.
[Cincinnati.com] MLB umpire’s race discrimination suit moved to New York court - The federal racial discrimination lawsuit brought by a Major League Baseball umpire against the league in Cincinnati is moving. U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett ruled Sunday in favor of MLB to change the venue of the case to New York City, where the league is headquartered. Veteran umpire Angel Hernandez sued the league in July 2017, stating that he had been routinely passed over for a promotion to crew chief and for post-season assignments.