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AZ Snake Pit Jan 9, 2021
Your Saturday Sporcle: The hot corner

Your Saturday Sporcle: The hot corner

Yeah, you get Matty as a free starter. I’m feeling generous... :) Last week’s results. We asked about shortstops. No prizes for guessing Nick Ahmed and Stephen Drew were the two best-known, scoring more than 90% of the 96 participants. Though I would like to hear from the two who failed to get Ahmed. I can only presume their cat went on fire just after they started the quiz or something. Average was 36%, which is about in line with previous efforts. At the other end, Jack Reinheimer, Tim Olson and Donnie Sadler proved trickiest. 32% of you figured out that the MW who...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 4, 2021
Diamondbacks’ Platoon Advantage

Diamondbacks’ Platoon Advantage

Riley Smith, Christian Walker, Nick Ahmed, and Wyatt Mathisen. | Photo by Ralph Freso/ A short exploration of at-bats with Diamondback platoon advantage discovered a surprise in 2020. What are platoons? Two players share a position. There are several types. Three examples are: old & declining player paired with a young inexperienced prospect. strong batter & poor fielder paired with a weak batter & excellent fielder. left handed batter paired with right handed batter. This article focuses on the third example. What is platoon advantage? A left handed batter hits...
AZ Snake Pit Dec 27, 2020
2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #10 Nick Ahmed

2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Reviews: #10 Nick Ahmed

Photo by Ralph Freso/ Arizona’s slick fielding shortstop was one of the few Diamondbacks to more or less shrug off the performance issues of the pandemic season. Introduction Nick Ahmed joined the Diamondbacks organization way back in 2013 as part of the trade that sent Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to Atlanta. He is also the only player from all those involved in the trade to still be playing with the team which traded for him. In fact, other than Justin Upton, who is playing alongside Mike Trout in Los Angeles, he is the only one still in baseball (though Brandon...

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