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SnakeBytes 6/18: Ultimate Suck

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We have now officially reached levels of road futility never before seen

Zac Gallen’s luscious locks flow out behind him mid windup as he throws a pitch with the backdrop of Oracle Park Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Diamondbacks News

(AZ Central) Historic futility: Diamondbacks set MLB record for consecutive road losses

In losing, 10-3, to the San Francisco Giants, the Diamondbacks established a record with their 23rd consecutive road loss, the longest such streak in modern baseball history, passing the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics and 1963 New York Mets, each of whom had dropped 22 in a row.

(ESPN) Arizona Diamondbacks fall to San Francisco Giants, set modern-era record with 23rd straight road loss

“It’s nothing we’re proud of,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “It’s been an extended period of time. It weighs on you. It’s heavy.”

(The Athletic) Diamondbacks break MLB record with 23rd consecutive road loss

A stray road victory is certainly possible against the Padres, Cardinals, Dodgers and Cubs, their next four road opponents.

But if you’re looking to a series that looks like relief, you’ll have to wait for a two-game set against the Rangers at the end of July.

(KNBR) Another Gausman gem, Casali, Duggar near-cycles punctuate Giants’ four-game sweep of Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have the worst record in baseball. The Giants have the best record in baseball. A four-game sweep was always in play, and after Tuesday’s mind-blowing, grand-slam led comeback, it almost felt destined to happen. Thursday’s 10-3 win was the logical punctuation to a series between one team breaking out, and another which isn’t even hanging on.

MLB News

(ESPN) MLB relaxes COVID protocol restrictions for all vaccinated players and staff

All fully vaccinated players and staff can stop wearing masks in dugouts, bullpens and clubhouses under the latest change to Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols.

In addition, fully vaccinated players and staff may eat in restaurants without restrictions and attend sporting events as spectators at venues with government approved safety protocols, the commissioner’s office and players’ association said in a memo sent Wednesday night.

(NY Post) Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu glad MLB cracking down on pitchers

Yet the Yankees infielder didn’t deny there was a correlation, either. In fact, LeMahieu indicated this has been a season unlike any other for him.

“I’ve seen some pitches this year I’ve never seen in my whole career,” he said Thursday over Zoom, before the Yankees went for the sweep over the Blue Jays in Buffalo.

(Sports Illustrated) Report: Jacob DeGrom’s Second MRI Clean; Status is Day-to-Day

deGrom visited a doctor Thursday, who reportedly did not find any issues, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. New York sent the NL MVP favorite for a second opinion to be safe.

After the second MRI, Mets general manager Luis Rojas told the media that both doctors had the same prognosis.

(FOX Sports) Rangers Slugger Willie Calhoun’s Long, Winding Journey to His Place in the Show

“I don’t think I’m playing baseball no more. I’m done. It’s a wrap.”

That’s what Willie Calhoun was thinking toward the end of 2014 — a few months before he would produce one of the most dominant seasons in junior college baseball history and less than three years before he would hit his first major-league home run off future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander.