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Snake Bytes 8/20: Hello .500 My Old Friend

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I’m feeling like an idiot for claiming in spring training that Mike Hazen would not allow this team to finish around .500.

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Colorado Rockies 3

[D’backs.com] Kelly’s HR ties record, leads uprising past Rox - Carson Kelly hit a go ahead home run in the eighth inning giving Arizona a 3-2 lead. That home run, his 18th of the season, ties him with Miguel Montero’s 2011 season for most home runs by a D’backs catcher in a single season.

[AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks score 3 in 8th to rally past Colorado Rockies - Zac Gallen had a roller coaster of a start for the D’backs. Gallen struck out eight and allowed only one earned run, but walked a whopping six batter. His problems with the walk came to a head in the fourth inning. He struck out Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado for the first two outs, but then walked three of the next four batters allowing Colorado to score the first run of the game.

Diamondbacks News

[MLB.com] Devers, Ahmed named Players of the Week - Nick Ahmed becomes the first shortstop in Diamondbacks history to be named National League Player of the Week. He owned a .423/.464/1.038 with four home runs, a triple, two doubles and eleven RBIs in seven games. Might be prudent to push a contract extension with him this offseason.

[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks announce 2020 spring training schedule, will play GCU - Next year’s D’backs game against a local college during spring training will be against Grand Canyon University on March 17th.

[The Athletic] Derailed by spine injury but not defeated, Cory Hahn finds a way to stick with baseball - Anyone who claims to be a true fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks should know who Cory Hahn is. You can run into him periodically on the concourse of spring training stadiums. At 27 years old, he continues to make a career for himself as a scout with the Arizona Diamondbacks after an injury on the baseball diamond at Arizona State paralyzed him. There is usually a story each season about how he addresses his challenges, but what drew my attention this time is how, like me at 27 years old, he uses his phone at the game to take notes.

“One scout came up to me like, ‘Hey, man, I just want to let you in on a little secret — you can’t be looking at your phone this much during a game. You’re going to miss stuff,’” Hahn says. “I’m like, ‘I’m not missing anything. I’m typing my notes on my phone.’ He was like, ‘What do you mean?’ I would create these Excel files on my phone and I showed it to him like, ‘Look at it. This is everything you just wrote down on your paper. I just wrote it down right there.’”

Around the League

[MLB Trade Rumors] Chris Sale Out For Remainder Of Regular Season - If the Boston Red Sox hope to climb their way into a wild card spot and defend their World Series championship, they’ll have to do so without Chris Sale. He’s been shutdown with an unspecified elbow injury. The fact that he didn’t require Tommy John Surgery after visiting Dr. James “The Knife” Andrews could be viewed as somewhat of a relief for Red Sox Fans.

[USA Today] MLB lifers decry the state of the modern baseball: ‘Unwatchable’ - What lies within ties into a conversation Edbigghead and myself had during our early Sunday morning hike. The game of Major League Baseball is changing rapidly, and much of the blame can be placed on undeniable changes to the baseball. Edbigghead joked that within a few years all positions on the diamond besides pitcher and catcher would be filled by a Kevin Cron type player, that there would be no need for a defensive wizard like Nick Ahmed because everyone will be swinging for the fences. I don’t share the same disdain for the modern day game that Goose Gossage does, but I wouldn’t be opposed to a regression towards “normalcy”.

Said Gossage: “They got it so an [expletive] coming off the street who doesn’t even know what a damn baseball is can manage our sport. It’s like rotisserie baseball. These [expletives] won their rotisserie leagues at Harvard and all of those [expletive] schools and now they’re general [expletive] managers.”

[Sporting News] Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the Atlantic League’s experimental rules have eye on baseball’s future - Since we’re already on the subject of changes to the game, Joe Rivera summarizes the impact that experimental rule changes have had on the Atlantic League. MLB attendance has continuously been dropping, and in an effort to reverse that trend the league is trying to find ways to speed the game up and make it more exciting. Experimental changes came at the expense of players in the independent Atlantic League who were given no input on the changes.

“They’re not trying to hurt the game,” [Jon Hunton] said. “They’re just trying to adjust it accordingly, to the fan base. If there’s no fan base, there’s no fans, there’s no money, there’s no baseball.”

MLB Power Rankings

Las week began reasonably well for the D’backs. They took the first two games against the Colorado Rockies and were well on their way to a sweep, but then Nolan Arenado hit a walkoff home run. That sent Arizona on their way to four game losing streak including losing the first three of a four game set against the San Francisco Giants. So once again, they’re sputtering as a .500 team and this week’s power rankings reflect that.

ESPN - #16

MLB.com - #16

CBS Sports - #17

Yahoo Sports - #17

Bleacher Report - #18

The Athletic - #18