(Arizona Sports) D-backs make multiple coaching changes to start offseason
Buchanan reports that catching coach Robby Hammock’s contract was not renewed, bench coach Luis Urueta was given an MLB staff position, pitching coach Matt Herges was offered a different role within the organization and both hitting coaches — Rick Short and Drew Hedman — will not return to the position.
(AZCentral) Matt Herges out as pitching coach as Diamondbacks shuffle coaching staff
First base coach Dave McKay, third base coach Tony Perezchica and bullpen coach Mike Fetters will return to work under manager Torey Lovullo, who last month had his contract extended through next season.
(MLBTR) Diamondbacks Outright Three Players
The offseason roster shuffle has begun in the desert. The Diamondbacks announced that they’ve outrighted reliever Brandyn Sittinger, outfielder Henry Ramos and infielder Ildemaro Vargas to Triple-A Reno. The moves leave the club with 37 players on their 40-man roster.
(ESPN) Randy Arozarena’s history-making homer, straight steal of home provide Rays with more MLB playoff heroics
Arozarena — the leading candidate for American League Rookie of the Year — made history Thursday by becoming the first player in playoff history to steal home and hit a home run in the same game during Tampa Bay’s 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS in St. Petersburg, Florida.
(Chicago Sun Times) Lance Lynn KO’d early, White Sox never threaten in Game 1 loss to Astros
White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn has been one of baseball’s top pitchers the last three seasons.
But not against the Astros.
Not this season, not last year and certainly not Thursday, when Lynn was peppered for five runs in 3‰ innings in a 6-1 Sox loss in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The best of five competition shifts to Friday (1:07 p.m), with right-hander Lucas Giolito opposing Astros lefty Framber Valdez.
(Sporting News) Tropicana Field ground rules, explained: Why home runs count when they hit the catwalk at Rays’ stadium
Are you confused as to how Nelson Cruz hit a home run that never touched the seats? You aren’t alone! Learn all about the catwalks at Tropicana Field here!
(The Mercury News) The SF Giants used the Dodgers’ model to shock baseball. Now the historic rivalry will put it to the test
Together, along with the largest coaching staff in the big leagues, some tracking devices used primarily by golfers, pitching machines that can throw Clayton Kershaw’s slider, and a burgeoning think tank that’s set to become the go-to destination for bright young minds who want to be in baseball, Zaidi and Kapler have done it. They’ve made the Los Angeles model work in San Francisco.
(New York Times) Once the Commissioner, Back to Being Milwaukee’s Superfan
You will eventually reach Selig himself — the former baseball commissioner who, at one time or another, and maybe all at once, you perhaps thought revived baseball, ruined baseball and epitomized whatever could be good and bad about baseball. There he was this week, 87 years old, still watching the sport that is no longer his problem but remains his obsession.
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