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Snake Bytes 9/23: Eat, Drink, and Be Merrill

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D-backs ride a four game llosing streak

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks News:

D-backs 2, Braves 9

From the Keegan: Merrill Kelly returned from the COVID injured list last Wednesday and struggled quite a bit. His outing tonight was just as bad right from the outset. He walked the lead off hitter Jorge Soler on five pitches and then gave up a 107 MPH double off the batter’s eye to Freddie Freeman to follow.

Diamondbacks to reassess positional versatility after brutal defensive year

From the article: Hazen called the Diamondbacks’ defense a “big culprit” for their miserable season. He also called it an area that can be addressed and corrected with more ease, perhaps, than any other shortcomings that have emerged with his club this season.

“We have a chance to go into this offseason and — fix is the wrong word, I don’t know exactly what’s broken — but to lock down on being a good defensive team,” Hazen said. “We have that within our capability.”

Hazen hoped to have Torey’s future decided by season’s end

From the article: “It’s not cut and dry from all of this,” Hazen said. “I think Torey does a good job of managing a baseball game. I think Torey does a good job of managing a baseball team. But our win total is where it’s at, which (is going to be) in and around worst record in club history. I think we need to walk through this decision methodically.

“We’ve gotten to this point, certainly. We haven’t done anything yet. We’re trying to work through this as subjectively as possible.”

Poll

* Shakes Magic 8-Ball. What is Torey’s future?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    One more season with the team
    (14 votes)
  • 38%
    Unemployed in Greenland
    (13 votes)
  • 20%
    Tough to say
    (7 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now

D-backs and Honeywell team up to inspire youth, teachers and STEM education.

From the article: “We are excited to continue driving awareness and interest in STEM alongside our friends and partners at Honeywell,” said Derrick Hall, D-backs President & CEO. “Developing talent is an integral part of both of our businesses, and it is thrilling to know that their pipeline can be filled with young fans who visit us right here at Chase Field.”

Marte likely to play 1 position in 2022

From the blurb: The Diamondbacks are expected to have Marte anchored at one position next season instead of bouncing between second base and center field, Steve Gilbert of the Diamondbacks’ official site reports.

Poll

What 1 position will Marte play in 2022

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Center Field
    (0 votes)
  • 82%
    Second Base
    (29 votes)
  • 17%
    Long relief bullpen arm (Hazen forced me to add this option)
    (6 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now

Baseball News:

Orioles to retain Manager Brandon Hyde

From the article: There’d been at least some speculation about Hyde’s job status, given his original contract was set to expire. MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko wrote recently, however, that the “expectation” was for Hyde to return in 2022, and it appears that will indeed be the case.

Cardinals outright Ponce De Leon

From the article: The Cardinals announced Monday that they’ve designated right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon for assignment. His spot on the roster will go to lefty Brandon Waddell, who has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Snek Byte:

Copperhead snake byte felt worse than being hit by a car, victim says

From the article: “Easily one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced in my life. I’ve been hit by a car on my bike. I’ve broken numerous bones... I thought I knew pain until I got bit by this snake,” he told the Austin Television News Station. “My entire foot looked like a giant sausage like I couldn’t even get a finger between my toes. They were so, so swollen.”