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The minute the words left general manager Kevin Towers lips — the Arizona Diamondbacks need to add a power-hitting outfielder next year — the second-guessers of the Justin Upton deal shifted into high gear.
Every fan and media member and most NFL players loathe the fourth and final preseason game. Most of the players you care about either play a series or sit out completely. Anyone with a nagging injury? Take seat. Nothing beats spending four hours pondering “Why hasn’t the season started already?”
First thing’s first: Even though he had no possible reason to want to hit Dodgers instant-living-legend Yasiel Puig with a 2-0 lead and no one on in the sixth inning last Tuesday, Arizona’s Ian Kennedy put a pitch where you just don’t put a pitch in today’s baseball.
Let’s say a huge Arizona Diamondbacks fan spent three months completely out of touch – a stint on a space station, sealed in the Biosphere, working for the IRS in Cleveland, take your pick – and had no idea how his favorite baseball team had fared over the first two-plus months of the season.
D.J. Peterson will be home from college soon, and little brother Dustin will be there waiting with a smile on his face and a paddle in his hand.
Brothers Dustin and D.J. Peterson could both be first-round draft picks, joining the Uptons (Justin and B.J.), Weavers (Jered and Jeff) and Drews (J.D. and Tim) among brothers to be first-round choices in the MLB Amateur Draft which begins Thursday.
The enigma of Justin Upton was in full display during his recent three-day return to Chase Field.
It’s way too early. The National League West is way too talented. Summer in Arizona is way too long.
Watch out for the construction zone.
The Cardinals are back to drafting in the top 10, back to enduring losing streaks that last months. They have fired the coach that guided them to the Super Bowl and have no quarterback in a league where it is the No. 1 requirement.
A lack of outward intensity might have led to Thursday's trade of Justin Upton to Atlanta.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the ninth annual SUBWAY D-backs FanFest on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chase Field. The free event will offer fans unprecedented access to current players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters, including autograph and photo sessions on the field. Last year’s event drew an estimated 25,000 fans to Chase Field.
There are two different points I would like to make concerning two of Arizona’s sports teams.
The addition of Cody Ross and the leadoff potential of Adam Eaton make it easier for the D-backs to consider parting with Justin Upton's bat.
Am I the only one who’s waiting to see if Arizona running back Beanie Wells writes his home phone number and email address on the back of his helmet for today’s 49ers game? Perhaps he can put it right over the Cardinals logo, since that doesn’t mean anything to him anymore.
After speculation swirled around Justin Upton at the general managers' meetings, the Diamondbacks reiterated Friday that they are not shopping their 25-year-old right fielder and would only move him if 'blown away by an offer.'
Unlike many local sports fans, I spent Halloween night at US Airways Center to catch the regular season debut of the new Suns.
As the two highest-paid outfielders on a team that appears to have five legitimate starters, Justin Upton (right) and Chris Young know they could be on the trading block in the offseason.
The Rangers are blessed with one of the AL's top shortstops in Elvis Andrus (above) and have elite prospect Jurickson Profar behind him in the minor leagues.
For the second time since the end of 2010 World Series, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has talked openly about listening to trade offers for Justin Upton.
Reports of the demise of the Phoenix Coyotes remain greatly exaggerated — for now.
Given Towers' parameters, trade partners for Justin Upton could be difficult to find.
Last year at this time, some of my colleagues in the newsroom were laughing at me.