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[AZ Central] Arizona Sports Hall of Fame inducts 48th class headed by Pat Tillman - The range and diversity were on full display Thursday night at the 48th Arizona Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony where inductees ranged from the late Pat Tillman, who in his death during military service became a national hero, to Sister Lynn Winsor, for a life devoted to her faith and athletics at Phoenix Xavier Prep. Others in the six-member class are former Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace, 10-time Olympic swimming medalist Gary Hall Jr., University of Arizona softball coach Mike Candrea and former Scottsdale Chaparral High School softball coach Jeff Oscarson.
[2080 Baseball] Arizona Fall League Update - Jazz Chisholm and Jon Duplantier are covered. About the former, they say, “Chisholm’s mix of youth, athleticism, and offensive upside at an up-the-middle position might push him into Top 125 consideration this winter. On the heels of a breakout season, he has arguably blossomed into Arizona’s top position prospect. The best-case ceiling is an above-average shortstop in a Didi Gregorius (SS, Yankees) mold—able to impact the game defensively with unexpected ability to drive the ball. Chisholm will be 21 next year and likely gets his first taste of Double-A competition.”
[Tahoe Onstage] Diamondbacks re-sign Aces’ popular Cody Decker - Decker spent last offseason playing in Mexico, uncertain whether he would play again in the United States. Arizona picked him up on Feb. 22, 2017. The Aces are the 13th minor league team Decker has played with. Decker’s power at the plate was an immediate upgrade for the Triple-A Aces. In his first two games, he went 5-for-5 with three homers and five RBIs. “I know that one of these days I am going to have to get a big boy job. But until then, I will play every game as if it were my last,” he said last season.
[Pirates Prospects] Pirates Sign Outfielder Patrick Kivlehan to a Minor League Contract - The 28-year-old split the 2018 season between the New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, spending most of the season in the minors. He played nine games for the Diamondbacks in 2018, and has also spent time in the majors with the Reds and San Diego Padres over the previous two seasons, hitting .208/.302/.401 in 132 games. He was available to sign early due to electing free agency after he was sent outright to Triple-A by the Diamondbacks earlier this month.
Jake Lamb buys a house, and [Daily Press] Indians pitcher Oliver Perez aces Arizona home sale - Perez has signed off on a deal in the desert, selling his Tuscan-style spread for $2.75 million. Built in 2007, the amenity-minded home is found in Paradise Valley, Ariz., while Perez spent a season and a half with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In addition to six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, it holds a movie theater, stylish wine cellar and wood-paneled office in 7,379 square feet.
[BBC Sport] BBC Wales Sport looks at the demise of baseball - Has baseball in Wales gone for good? Baseball, a once popular sport in Cardiff, Newport and Liverpool appears to be fading away. BBC Wales Sport look at what led to its demise. [H/T megnetic]
[FanGraphs] The Worst Called Ball of the Season - Marvin Hudson took a slider to the crotch. This is 2018 — that slider would’ve passed for a fastball 20 years ago. It didn’t get there entirely untouched, but there was precious little along the way to impede the ball’s momentum. I know that he was probably a little protected. That protection is insufficient in the case of a targeted blow. It would’ve been entirely forgivable had Hudson just melted to the ground. Maybe he’d throw up on himself... Hudson kept on umpiring. He didn’t let his pain get in the way of his work.
The Padres appear to be trying to reform the 2003/06 Diamondbacks
Rod Barajas, Damion Easley added to padres coaching staff— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 31, 2018
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