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Snake Bytes 9/18: Day Baseball Blues

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Diamondbacks successfully avoid the sweep

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Alex Young, just after releasing a pitch, during the first inning of the 9/17 Dbacks game Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

For two straight games, stellar Diamondbacks offense was able to overcome... not stellar pitching. That came to an end yesterday, as the offense wasn’t able to power past the seven runs the Diamondbacks pitching staff gave up.

(AZ Central) Rendon, Trout power Angels past Diamondbacks in series finale

Alex Young (2-4) yielded six runs on eight Los Angeles hits while failing to get out of the third inning.

The Angels jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning on Trout’s sacrifice fly and Rendon’s ninth homer of the season. Walsh had a sacrifice fly and Trout added an RBI single in the second.

(Arizona Sports) Arizona Diamondbacks release 2021 spring training schedule

“The 33-game schedule will feature three split-squad games and four night contests. However, none of those night games will take place at Salt River Fields.”

I really hope we are back to a point where I can be upset next spring about the lack of night games at Salt River Fields. I really do.

(ESPN) New York Yankees hit 5 homers in inning for first time in franchise history

With the score tied at 2-2, Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning from the Toronto Blue JaysChase Anderson on Thursday night. Voit’s home run was his major league-leading 20th. Aaron Hicks struck out, and Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with home runs that gave the Yankees a 9-2 lead and chased Anderson.

(MLB Trade Rumors) Ubaldo Jimenez Retires

Jimenez began his big league tenure with the Rockies in 2006 and, despite calling the hitter-friendly Coors Field his home, eventually became one of the league’s top hurlers. At his best, Jimenez pitched to a 2.88 ERA across 221 2/3 innings in 2010, a year in which he threw a no-hitter. That was the second straight 200-inning season and the lone All-Star campaign for Jimenez, whom the Rockies traded to the Indians in July 2011.

(Fangraphs) Mets’ Sale To Steve Cohen Is Biggest in MLB History

After a deal with Steve Cohen to purchase the New York Mets was nixed last year due to issues of continued team control, the Wilpons looked for other suitors only to end up back with the hedge fund billionaire. According to Sportico, the deal values the Mets at $2.42 billion. Cohen will assume 95% ownership of the team, increasing his stake from 8%; the Wilpon family will retain control of the remaining 5%. The transaction will not include the Mets’ regional sports network SNY, a cash cow currently controlled by the Wilpons’ Sterling Equity with a 65% share.

cc: Ken Kendrick

( Joe Buck named 2020 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipient

The award is annually presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame “in recognition of longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football,” according to a press release from the Hall of Fame Thursday night shortly after Buck was surprised by the honor during halftime of the Bengals-Browns game he was calling on the NFL Network.

Buck will join his legendary father Jack Buck as the only father-son combination to receive the honor.

I’ll leave you with this trivia question. It seems likely that Joe Buck will one day also be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame. If and when that happens, though, he will not be the first person in both sports Halls. Who is the only other person to have been inducted into both Halls of Fame?