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Snake Bytes 9/9: 5 In A Row

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Diamondbacks News:

D-backs 5, Rangers 8

From the Keegan: The longest at bat in the Majors this season, according to the Bally Sports broadcast, came in the sixth inning on a matchup between Jake Faria and Nick Solak. On the sixteenth pitch of his at bat, after eleven foul balls, Solak reached on another infield single. Texas tacked on two more runs after loading the bases giving them a 5-to-2 advantage. Arizona scratched one back in the bottom of the sixth in unexciting fashion making the score 5-to-3.

Diamondbacks release Seth Frankoff

Frankoff had been on optional assignment to Triple-A Reno. The move clears a spot on Arizona’s 40-man roster.

D-backs’ Ramos ‘very happy’ for MLB opportunity after 11 years in the minors

“Very happy for what I’ve been able to accomplish,” Ramos said. “After 11 years, very happy.”

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo described Ramos’ hit Sunday as a bright spot for the team, currently residing in last place in the National League West with the second-worst record in MLB.

“It was a good moment,” Lovullo said. “We’re always looking for good moments right now.”

The Diamondbacks are a symptom of MLB’s worst feature

From the article: Having taken the scenic route, we now arrive at my point,: The Diamondbacks are certainly the NL’s answer to the Baltimore Orioles, and are Exhibit 1A as to why MLB needs a European soccer style relegation system. But they are a symptom – they are not the problem.

The problem is that MLB’s financial system is broken, and it’s not broken in the way that the simpletons on sports radio claim it is with the “rich teams and poor teams” drivel. It’s broken because it’s rigged in favor of team owners to the detriment of everybody else involved in baseball, especially the fans. MLB’s financial system ensures that MLB teams and their owners will turn a profit regardless of whether or not they win. Heck, they’re guaranteed to turn a profit whether or not they even try to win, let alone actually win.

Diamondbacks honor the legacy of Mike Kennedy

From the article: The announcement was made at the 14th annual “Evening On The Diamond,” as the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation eclipsed $75 million in charitable contributions raised and donated to the Arizona community since the Foundation’s inception in 1997.

Michael Kennedy, the co-founding partner, shareholder and member of the board of directors of Gallagher & Kennedy, died in February after a courageous battle with liver cancer. He was the passionate force behind the “Diamonds Back” Field Building Program, Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards, youth sports and education programs and so much more.

Baseball News:

2021 Hall of Fame inductions

Rays promote Eric Neander to President of Baseball Operations, sign him to multi-year extension

From the article: Neander, 38, has been in the Tampa Bay organization since 2007, when he came on as an intern. He worked his way to baseball operations VP in October 2014 when former GM Andrew Friedman departed to take over the Dodgers’ front office. He picked up the GM title and responsibilities two years thereafter. Both of those promotions came in junction with boosts for Chaim Bloom, with whom Neander shared high billing atop baseball ops. However, Bloom departed in October 2019 to become chief baseball officer of the Red Sox, leaving no question that Neander was the front office head in Tampa Bay over the past two seasons.

Snek Byte:

Snake on display in Abu Dhabi believed to be World’s largest