Snake Bytes: 01/30 – 10 games under .500

Diamondbacks News

Las Vegas sets the Arizona Diamondbacks’ win total

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ win total is set at 75.5 with some juice on top. The number is -121 to take the upper hand over that winning total. Based on a 162-game schedule, that number suggests the D-Backs will finish about 10 games below .500.

Diamondbacks sign Jeuris Familia to minor league deal

Not only did the Diamondbacks sign Austin Adams and Jesse Biddle, as Jim McLennan mentioned, and whoever they are, but former Mets relief ace Jeuris Familia appeared in the desert.

This is why D-backs have the edge in the spring

Players and coaches like to start in January.

Injury notes: Kirilov, Maeda, Ahmed

Ahmed is not expected to have any restrictions until the start of spring training.

Around the MLB

How Comerica’s new fences will affect tigers

Here’s what the changes will be and why they’re deemed necessary.

  • Center field moved from 422 feet to 412. (Although the wall tag previously read 420, it was actually 422.)
  • Left field corner relabeled from 345 feet to 342. (No actual physical change, just labeling.)
  • The height of the fence will be a constant seven feet throughout, down from 8 1/2 feet on center and right and 13 feet on right center.

Fun piece with some quotes from players who hate Comerica.

Ian Kennedy and Reyes Moronta sign minor league deals with Rangers

Veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy and outfielder Clint Frazier were among five players the Texas Rangers signed Friday to minor league contracts that include invitations to major league spring training.

Lefty Danny Duffy, righty Reyes Moronta and outfielder Travis Jankowski also received invitations to spring training in Arizona.

Kennedy, 38, returns to Texas after going 4-7 with 10 saves and a 5.36 ERA in 57 relief appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Rockies owner Dick Montfort questions the Padres’ spending

The Padres are trying to win, and that continues to upset some owners.

Who Joins the 2024 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot?

Carlos Beltran, Todd Helton, Billy Wagner, Andrew Jones, Gary Sheffield, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Omar Vizquel, Andy Pettitte, Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu, Mark Buehrle, Torey Hunter and Francisco Rodriguez will return.

Many new names will be eligible for the first time.

Diamond Sports Group bankruptcy could shake baseball revenue

I’ll be honest: I didn’t read the article because there was too much text in it. But in case you’re wondering what might happen, aside from our “expert” views, here’s one more.

Dana Brown will take over as GM of the Houston Astros, a well-earned but dubious honor

Dana Brown, who is leaving an Atlanta Braves organization loaded with young talent after four years as vice president of scouting, has earned the surprisingly dubious honor of leading the defending champions’ baseball operations department. In taking the Houston Astros job, he joins White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams as the only black heads of baseball operations in MLB.

Mets to keep David Peterson, Tyler Magill ready as rotation depth: ‘We need them to be who they are’

The Mets are preventing their own top pitching prospects from taking a spot in the rotation.

Across the Atlantic

Dominic Scheffler becomes the first Swiss player to sign with an MLB organization

The Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB) have signed 17-year-old left-handed pitcher Dominic Scheffler. Born in Zurich, Scheffler became the first Swiss-developed player to get a shot at major league baseball in the United States. Otto Hess (1878-1926, also a left-handed pitcher), the only Swiss-born player to perform at the MLB level, developed as a player in the US.

When asked about his favorite baseball team, the kid said it was “neutral.” XD

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