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If you want to put a bag over your head at Chase Field this year, it’ll have to be a clear one...

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National League Wild Card Game: Colorado Rockies v. Arizona Diamondbacks

Team News

D-backs announce new bag policy for all events at Chase Field

Approved bags:

  • Clear Bags (Plastic, vinyl or PVC) with no obscured interior pockets cannot exceed 12” x 6” x 12”
  • Plastic Storage Bag (Re-sealable, clear) -1 Gallon
  • Small Clutch Bags/Wallets no larger than 6.5” x 4.5”
  • All small clutch bags/wallets within a clear tote bag must fit the approved dimensions (6.5” x 4.5”)
  • Seat cushions without pockets, zippers or concealable areas cannot exceed 18” wide
  • Clothing and blankets are permitted if carried loosely or in an approved clear bag

Not approved bags:

  • Backpacks
  • Bags and wallets exceeding the size of a small clutch bag (6.5” W x 4.5” H)
  • Non-approved seat cushions
  • Luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, briefcases, fanny packs, cinch bags or any bag larger than the permissible size (6.5” W x 4.5” H)

However, “The Arizona Diamondbacks have elected not to change our existing food and beverage policy at this time.” So, you can still bring in food - just stock up on clear bags!

[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks sign LHP David Huff, assign him to Triple-A Reno - Originally drafted by Cleveland in the first supplemental round in 2006, Huff, 35, has spent time with the Indians (2009-13), New York Yankees (2013-14), San Francisco Giants (2014), Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) and Los Angeles Angels (2016). Huff also made stops in the Pacific Coast League in Fresno, Oklahoma City, Omaha and Salt Lake City, while spending 3.5 seasons with the LG Twins of the KBO League and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball.

[al.com] Former all-star to lead Trash Pandas in inaugural season - The Rocket City Trash Pandas, gearing up for its inaugural season in Madison, will have a former Major League all-star as its first manager. The team will announce Jay Bell as its manager at a press conference Tuesday at Toyota Field, according to sources close to the team. Bell has been a manager in the New York Yankees minor league system the past three seasons. Bell also worked as hitting coach in 2012 for the Mobile BayBears, which are relocating to Madison to become the Trash Pandas.

[CBN News] Diamondbacks Star Recalls Incredible Encounter With God on Minor League Baseball Field That Changed His Life Forever - “I still go through ups and downs, but I’m not riding this huge roller coaster of extreme highs and extreme lows and having no peace and no joy,” he explained. “My circumstances still stink sometimes.. I’ve gone through a lot of different things. I had four surgeries in a 13-month period. My wife and I had a miscarriage; we lost the baby. Three of my best friends that I played with the last three years have all left my team. I’m dealing with life and things still happen. We’re not immune to life. But now I have Jesus.”

[AZ Central] Kevin Pillar: MLB free agent 'perfect match' with Arizona Diamondbacks - He could be a stop-gap option for a couple of years for the Diamondbacks before one of Arizona's highly regarded outfield prospects is ready to take over. Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen recently said that the team was still looking for a centerfielder. Pillar is considered the best centerfielder left in a limited free agency market at the position. “I think we’ve stated how we sort of prefer to have the alignment,” Hazen told The Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. “We still haven’t solved that issue. … But we haven’t given up on that possibility.”

[The Athletic] Five Diamondbacks predictions for 2020 that will probably make us look dumb - 3. Daulton Varsho hits the majors and hits the ground running. It’d be a surprise if Varsho makes the Opening Day roster, as he’s yet to take an at-bat above Double A. But most agree the 5-foot-10 (a generous appraisal of his height) and 190-pound dynamo will hit. He’s strong and fast for his size — see his 47 career stolen bases, against just 10 caught-stealings — and could even wind up the rare catcher/center fielder combination. If he succeeds at Triple-A Reno, and most do, expect to see him in the majors sometime in midsummer.

And, elsewhere...

[The Athletic] MLB’s sign-stealing controversy broadens: Sources say the Red Sox used video replay room illegally in 2018 - Three people who were with the Red Sox during their 108-win 2018 season told The Athletic that during that regular season, at least some players visited the video replay room during games to learn the sign sequence opponents were using. The replay room is just steps from the home dugout at Fenway Park, through the same doors that lead to the batting cage. Every team’s replay staff travels to road games, making the system viable in other parks as well.

[ESPN] MLB near decision on discipline for Astros - The targets for discipline will be employees of the team, including the front office and on-field coaching personnel, but will not include the players involved in the scheme, according to three players who have been interviewed. Those who could face discipline include Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, Astros manager AJ Hinch and other front-office members, sources said. The team also could face a record fine.

[MLB Trade Rumors] Reds Announce Shogo Akiyama Signing - The Reds announced today that they have signed a three-year deal with Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama. It’s a $21MM pact, the club added. Akiyama will earn successive salaries of $6MM, $7MM, and $8MM, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com (via Twitter). This deal reportedly came together just before the calendar flipped, but details had remained murky. It turns out Akiyama is indeed headed to Cincinnati, becoming the organization’s first player from Japan. (Every MLB team has now employed at least one player from the Asian baseball giant.)