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Diamondbacks Most Valuable Player: Zac Gallen

Diamondbacks Most Valuable Player: Zac Gallen

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The SnakePit has spoken. A pitcher can also be the most valuable player... It was a two-horse race for this title, between Zac Gallen and Kole Calhoun. Well, at least it was, once I’d eliminated the person who had voted seven times for Tim Locastro. I’d like to thanks Mrs. Locastro for visiting the SnakePit. :) Otherwise though, I let the ballots fall where they may, and Gallen edged Calhoun, though the final margin was relatively tight - just two votes. And the SnakePit Supreme Court i.e. me, has declared that there will not be any...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 16, 2021
Your Saturday Sporcle: Arizona’s Save-iours

Your Saturday Sporcle: Arizona’s Save-iours

Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via We have some closers over the year, good and bad. How many do you remember? Last week’s results We asked you about starting third basemen for the D-backs, and we got our first unanimous pick of the series. 88 people tried their hand, and 88 of them got Matt Williams. Of course, it might have been a bit of a help that we discussed him at length in the article, in reference to his time at shortstop, and the pic illustrating it was also of Williams... Eduardo Escobar also crossed the 90% threshold, while Jake Lamb fell...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 16, 2021
Snake Bytes: 1/16: At Least Something Happened

Snake Bytes: 1/16: At Least Something Happened

The Diamondbacks came to terms with three arbitration eligible players yesterday. Diamondbacks Avoid Arbitration with Three Players Also covered by the Pit here yesterday, the Diamondbacks have come to terms with pitchers Luke Weaver and Caleb Smith, as well as catcher, Carson Kelly. These agreements mean that the team will avoid the testy arbitration process with these three players. Universal DH, Expanded Playoffs Still Under Consideration With spring training right around the corner, a decision is going to need to be made soon on whether or not the 2021 season will feature...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 15, 2021
Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with all three 2021 candidates

Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with all three 2021 candidates

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/ Guess we can put down the popcorn. :) 1 pm Eastern time today was the deadline for arbitration, with players and teams exchanging figures. While doing so doesn’t prevent them coming to an agreement - that can happen, literally, up until the two sides enter the arbitration hearing - it’s quite common for there to be a flurry of agreements on this date. Teams would rather not have to tell players a hard figure of what they think the player is worth, and the same probably goes from the other side. It could be disconcerting to find a large gap...
Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with three players

Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with three players

The Diamondbacks reached contract agreements with each of their three arbitration-eligible players.        
AZ Snake Pit Jan 15, 2021
Corbin Carroll continues rise up D-backs farm system rankings

Corbin Carroll continues rise up D-backs farm system rankings

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Arizona’s swiss-army-knife is generating buzz as the team’s top prospect A new prospect has reached the top of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system rankings. Outfielder Corbin Carroll, 20, has been on a steady rise since his pro debut in 2019 and has garnered recognition as the club’s top prospect heading into 2021. Baseball America ranked him as its No. 1 prospect ahead of notable outfielders Kristian Robinson and Alek Thomas. Prospects Live also ranked Carroll above Robinson in its 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks Top Prospects...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 14, 2021
2020 SnakePit Awards: Most Valuable Player nominations

2020 SnakePit Awards: Most Valuable Player nominations

Photo by Norm Hall/ The final contenders in the last award for the 2020 season Thanks to those who chipped in with their nominees previously. Two names received multiple votes, though as usual there was some confusion i.e. Zac Gallen was already on the final ballot. Read the instructions, people. :) Anyway, Kole Calhoun and Christian Walker were deemed to be the two players most deserving of joining the Pitcher, Unsung Hero and Rookie of the Year winners on the final ballot. Details of all five candidates are below along with the usual poll. It will be interesting to...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 14, 2021
Your 2021 Career Year Diamondbacks

Your 2021 Career Year Diamondbacks

Or how to create a great Diamondbacks team by channeling youthful fantasy When I was 11 years old growing up on Long Island I was introduced to the board simulation game Strat-O-Matic Baseball. The son of one of my Mother’s friends, Michael, was into the game and once while visiting their house he showed it to me. Michael was a bit of a loner, didn’t play sports, and was more or less nerdy. I played sports all day, every day, every season, and was just so-so in school. Baseball was of course my favorite sport. I played little league at the time, and was obsessed with the...

Arizona Diamondbacks analytics director Mike Fitzgerald in line for bigger role

With assistant GM Jared Porter leaving for the Mets, Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen will lean more on analytics director Mike Fitzgerald.       
AZ Snake Pit Jan 13, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Whither Bauer?

SB Nation Reacts: Whither Bauer?

Photo by Rob Tringali/ Where do people think Trevor Bauer will land when the free-agency wheel stops turning? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Arizona Diamondbacks fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. Nope, still nothing much to report. Of the top 60 free agents according to CBS Sports, less than one-quarter (13) have found a new home. The start of spring training is within eyeshot - a month until pitchers and catchers show up - but some of baseball’s biggest...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 13, 2021
Snake Bytes: 1/13 - Something, Something Watching Paint Dry...

Snake Bytes: 1/13 - Something, Something Watching Paint Dry...

Sean Logan-USA TODAY Sports Your Wednesday morning dose of non-news Diamondbacks Top-5 Offensive Performances Steve Gilbert ranks his top five single-game offensive performances in team history. No bonus points for guessing the top performance in this category. SOmething tells me it may still hold the title in 20 more years. MLB Will Not Mandate Vaccination, COVID Testing When MLB gets back to business this summer, it will not be requiring fans to be tested for COVID or to have taken the vaccination. Nor will MLB be doing temperature checks on fans wishing to enter...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 11, 2021
Diamondbacks’ Lineup Protection

Diamondbacks’ Lineup Protection

A pregame line of players. | Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Did lineup protection positively impact the Diamondbacks in 2020? Does the Diamondback batting order have spots with lineup protection? Lineup protection means that the next batter is a power hitter who is respected by the other team’s pitcher. In theory, because of that next batter the pitcher gives the current batter pitches that are easier to hit. If I was a pitcher, the Diamondback power batters who would concern me most are Kole Calhoun and Christian Walker. This AZ SnakePit article concludes...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 11, 2021
Snake Bytes: 01/11 - Diversity

Snake Bytes: 01/11 - Diversity

Chris Brown-USA TODAY Sports Curt Schilling bad. Bianca Smith good. Diamondbacks news Curt Schilling tweets support for U.S. Capitol rioters: ‘A confrontation that matters’ Curt Schilling’s Capitol rioters comments should keep him out of Hall of Fame Without the intent to spark any political discussion, but if there was a case being made for Curt Schilling and the HoF, maybe after last week’s ocurrences his name can be definitely written off the ballots. [MLB Trade Rumors] Offseason Outlook: Arizona Diamondbacks If you do not already know what you should know,...
AZ Snake Pit Jan 10, 2021
Diamondbacks Pitcher of the Year: Zac Gallen

Diamondbacks Pitcher of the Year: Zac Gallen

Photo by Norm Hall/ The first unanimous vote in the history of the SnakePit Awards Clearly making people attach their usernames to their vote resulted in a general degree of conscientiousness. Technically, it was unanimous across qualified ballots. While there was one vote from Keury Mella, the username attached to that was “Yasmany Tomas”. I have no clue at all who that is, but they are definitely not a member of the SnakePit. Probably some loser somewhere. Otherwise, it was Gallen across the board, to the extent that GuruB voted for him twice. And, really, it’s...
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...

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