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Snake Bytes 12/20: Joe’s back.

The former Dbacks GM is now a Special Advisor to Mr. Hall.

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Joe Joe Joe, Merry Christmas!

Dbacks news:

Dbacks hire Joe Garagiolaa Jr.

He originally came to the D-Backs when the franchise was awarded to the region, serving as Sr. Vice President & General Manager of the club through the 2005 season, helping guide the team to division titles in 1999, 2001 and 2002 as well as the first major championship for a sports franchise in the state of Arizona.

Dbacks release 3 min torture fantasy, wish fans Happy Holidays.

Upon learning nobody is at work because the team is off for the holidays, Hall begins some innocuous hijinks—rummaging through the chief revenue officer’s office, announcing his name on the PA system and driving the bullpen cart—until embarking on a series of darker quests in his isolation. Video in link.

Whips and chains in aisle 5.

Arizona Dbacks promote Nona Lee

The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Nona Lee to Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. The longtime sports executive will be entering her 20th season with the D-backs in 2019.

Dbacks GM ‘not optimistic’ Greinke trade will happen.

A name that has come up recently in trade talks is starting pitcher Zack Greinke. The 35-year-old still has three years remaining on his contract worth a total of $104.5 million and $35 million per season.

Around Baseball:

Cuban baseball players will no longer have to defect to join MLB.

The initial deal will run through Oct. 31, 2021, and will allow Cuban players to sign under rules similar to those for players coming from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, MLB and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced.

Mariners sign 25 year naming rights deal with T-Mobile.

The team on Wednesday announced the agreement, which takes effect Jan. 1 and runs through December 2043.

Former MLB catcher lands viscous punch in Venezuela Winter League Brawl.

Hector Sanchez is the former catcher.

Off topic snake news:

New snake species discovered in serpents stomach.

In the guts of a Central American coral snake (Micrurus nigrocinctus), herpetologists have found the remains of a snake unknown to science.