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Snake Bytes, 9/20: The end is nigh

Tragic Number: 5

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MLB: Miami Marlins at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

An off day yesterday, so not a ton of news to report. Most of the ink spilled on the internet right now is, correctly, being focused on those likely to make the playoffs, i.e. not the Diamondbacks. What there is, though, is presented for your reading enjoyment

Diamondbacks News

(Arizona Sports)Hall: D-backs’ synthetic turf not an issue after Ketel Marte injury

“I think it’s been just the opposite. I mean this surface that we put in, the synthetic grass has been phenomenal. And we have teams that come in here like Florida [Miami], who just left with rave reviews and have asked a lot about it. … It’s a lot softer, it’s a lot safer, it’s cut back on the injuries. And when you see visiting teams come here and say, ‘Wow, this is so much better than what you had before,’ which was very dangerous and very hard before, I think it’s just the opposite.”

Don’t worry, folks. Dr. Hall, M.D. says that there is no way could have caused Marte’s injury. Also, he’s never heard of anyone having issues with it, despite two of his outfielders seemingly not being fans.

( This Day In Dodgers History: 2013 NL West Title Clinched Against Diamondbacks, Celebration In Chase Field Pool Ensues

#NeverForget #UnlessTheySignPuigThisOffseason #ThenMaybeForgetALittle

MLB News

( Yanks 100th win clinches 1st East title since ‘12

“Boone could not have imagined the obstacles his club would need to overcome, their depth tested to incomprehensible levels when a Major League-record 30 players landed on the injured list. Yet the Yankees popped corks as division champions for the first time since 2012, defeating the Angels, 9-1, on Thursday for their 100th victory of the season.”

First of all, ew. Second of all, seven years? Doesn’t seem a minute over two...

(MLB Trade Rumors) Marlins Extend Don Mattingly

Indeed, it’s hard to blame Mattingly for the 272-364 record he carries as the Marlins’ manager. A respectable 79-82 campaign in 2016 was marred by the tragic death of Jose Fernandez near the end of the season, 2017 was a 77-85 writeoff dominated by the impending team sale and rumors of yet another fire sale of the Marlins’ top players, and the miserable 116-197 record of the last two seasons have borne the results of that fire sale. The Fish are on pace to crack the 100-loss threshold for the third time in franchise history.

(CBS Sports) Yankees’ Domingo German placed on administrative leave for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy

“On Thursday, Major League Baseball announced that Yankees right-hander Domingo German was placed on administrative leave under the league and Major League Baseball Player Associations’ domestic violence policy.”