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Snake Bytes: 05/10 - Mama gonna knock you out

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A pink team won and an other pink team lost on Mother’s Day.

Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Diamondbacks News

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks swept again as offensive woes continue vs. Mets

[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks swept by Mets, drop 6th game in a row

[dbacks.com] D-backs plan to leave frustration on the road

It is the first time they’ve gone winless on a road trip of six or more games since they went 0-9 on a trip to Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2010.

[NY Post] Jacob deGrom’s early exit hangs over Mets’ sweep of Diamondbacks

“He bunted for a hit, he ran the bases, he tagged and went from second to third,” Rojas said. “It could be a lot of things that helped develop a little bit of a tightness on that right side.”

I vote for carrying pitchers on and off the field, just in case they might get injured by walking or moving their arms and hands while doing so.

Around The MLB

[CBS Sports] Weekend winners and losers

Scherzer striking out lots of batters, Astros knowing what pitch is coming and Panda being clutchy for the Braves.

[ESPN] After five straight series losses, the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for answers

I will give you the answer: s i x t y G a M e S e a S o N ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[MLB Trade Rumors] injury updates

Jacob DeGrom gets an MRI for his right side tightness, the Pirates moved their top prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes to the 60-day IL, while the Rays placed Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day IL, where he joins backstop Francisco Mejía, and moved Chris Archer to the 60-day IL. Cardinals’ heat thrower Jordan Hicks will be out for at least 6 weeks. Jazz Chisholm starts a rehab in Triple A, so we won’t see him against the D-Backs this season. Our NL West neighbours Rockies and Padres saw a starting pitcher return: Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela and San Diego’s Chris Paddack were activated before the teams meet in a three game series in Denver.

[CBS Sports] Mark Appel, ex-No. 1 MLB Draft pick, makes first professional appearance since 2017

The trash banging didn’t work for pitchers, so the Astros couldn’t help Appel, but the almost 30-year old former top prospect thinks the Phillies organization might help him achieve more success. He pitched in Double A this weekend.

Across The Pacific

[South Korea] LG Twins cheerleading staff test positive for Covid-19

Devastating news hit headlines in South Korea as two members of the cheerleading staff of the LG Twins were tested positive for COVID. Season ticket holders are offered a cancellation possibility if they decide to stay away from the stadium after this hellish report.

[South Korea] ‘Stone Buddha’ Oh Seung-hwan gets actual stone buddha

The closer best known for his stay with the Cardinals, already has the KBO all time record for saves, but is just one away of achieving a Spartan 300 saves. His club, the Samsung Lions, have temporarily built a buddha to support the veteran in this remarkable quest.

[China] Final WBSC Olympic baseball qualifier to be five-team tourney as China withdraws

  • Spy on foreign countries: check.
  • Launch rockets into space: check.
  • Have them fall uncontrollably back onto earth: check.
  • Be the origin of a world wide pandemic: check.
  • Be able to set up a baseball team to play an Olympic qualifier: fail.

Across The Wall

[Dominican Republic] Parents ask doctors for banned substances for baseball kids (google translate)

The article is from a couple of weeks ago, but I ran into it after doing some clicks. Last week (promo alert!) I wrote an article on this year’s international prospects the Diamondbacks signed. We all know they are a hit and miss with their age at which they sign a contract. When you have 16 year old kids sign for 6 digit bonuses in the States, obviously ethics become important. How far are parents and coaches willing to go to make sure a family gets some financial security for a very long time? Health has been quite an issue in baseball lately, and this is another example of “unhealthy” practises surrounding baseball.

Across The Atlantic

[Europe] Europeans in the Majors & Minors: 2021 Preview

Curious where MLB’s European born prospects play in 2021? Here you have a list. No big prospects though, except for maybe Dutch outfielder Darryl Collins, who is nº 23 on the KC Royals MLB Pipeline top 30.

[WBSC] Czech umpire Zdenek Židek to work Minor League Baseball games in the US

The former softball player and 2020 baseball umpire of the year in the Czech Republic will be the only European referee in American pro ball. The Czech will be present at games in the Class A 12-team East Division. The Czech Republic is slowly climbing up the ladder of world baseball.