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Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:58 am
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Out with the old , in with the...?"ks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodSnake ESTShareTweetShareShareSnake can never have too much depth in the bullpen , so this is always going to be an area he's looking to bolster. Manager Torey Lovullo said he's leaning towards Archie Bradley being the team's closer, but that could change depending who Arizona adds between now and Spring Training. While you shouldn't expect the D-backs to bid big money for Craig Kimbrel or Adam Ottavino, they will likely add an arm or two, and if a closer should fall through the cracks, they will be ready to swoop in.[Arizona Sports] Journey of D-backs’ Bo Takahashi shows value of being multilingual - Takahashi learned Spanish rather quickly once he started playing professional baseball, saying that the similarities between Portuguese and Spanish made it easier to pick up. In fact, by his third spring training, his Spanish was strong enough to fool fellow Diamondbacks minor leaguer Tyler Mark. “I thought he was just an Asian guy hanging out with all the Latins,” Mark said. “And then he just came out speaking Spanish and I was like, ‘OK, what’s that about?’ ”And, elsewhere...[NBC Sports Chicago] White Sox latest bullpen addition follows the 2018 model - It looks like the White Sox are giving themselves some bullpen depth in much the same way they accomplished that goal a year ago. And if it works out in similar fashion, we could see the latest addition in the major leagues in 2019. The White Sox added veteran reliever Randall Delgado on a minor league deal, according to FutureSox, seemingly following in the footsteps of last offseason's relievers on minor league contracts Hector Santiago, Chris Volstad, Bruce Rondon, Xavier Cedeno and Jeanmar Gomez.And Joe DiMaggio Jersey , slightly less known, but I’ve always been interested in D-backs from unusual places, such as Takahashi. Sadly. the German D-back has gone over to the other side...[Adelaide Bite News] Solbach signs with LA Dodgers - Markus Solbach will make his return to professional baseball in the USA after signing a contract with the LA Dodgers ahead of his Thursday night start for the Bite against Geelong-Korea. From 2011-2016 he was in the Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks organisations while he represents Germany internationally.[Reddit] Graphs showing every team's consistency/volatility since 1996 - Inspired by a post on /r/hockey that showed the volatility of every NHL team (which, in of itself, was inspired by that Jon Bois video that showed the volatility of every NFL team since 1988), I made a series of graphs that showed the volatility of every MLB team since 1996. 1996 was convenient, since that spans 22 years, and it wasn't affected by the player's strike in 1994/95. [Guess which team is the most inconsistent? Clue: why is this post here?] And like it or not, the Cincinnati Reds might be in a good spot for these changes."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FameOff-seasonPeer into the FutureMLB is considering rule changes for 2019, including the DH in the National LeagueNew,169commentsAnd like it or not, the Cincinnati Reds might be in a good spot for these changes.ESTShareTweetShareShareMLB is considering rule changes for 2019, including the DH in the National LeagueTim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsMLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has never shied away from attempts to modernize the way baseball is played. His concerted effort to speed up the pace of play has been well chronicled, for instance, from experimenting with pitch clocks to limiting the number of mound visits in each game. On Tuesday, though, we learned of perhaps the most impactful of proposed changes we’ve yet seen under his command. As The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal laid out in detail, the commish and the MLB Players Association are considering several significant alterations to the way rosters are built and games are played, with a three-batter requirement for all pitchers and universal DH being kicked around as rule changes that could be put in place as early as this 2019 season. Rosenthal later discussed these proposed changes on MLB Network Mickey Mantle Jersey , too.As the bow-tied wonder noted in his article, these were just two of the proposed changes that were listed in dueling proposals - one from the MLBPA, one from the commisioner’s office - that listed a litany of potential changes, from penalties for not winning enough (anti-tanking, in essence), addressing service time manipulation (helloooo, Nick Senzel’s rookie season), and others. From a shock-value perspective, though, eliminating LOOGYs and adding the DH to the National League sure do seem to be the headlines here.The LOOGY issue is one that I can somewhat embrace, since endles pitching changes do tend to add minutes to each game played, as do the subsequent counter moves by opposing managers to get better matchups at the plate. From the perspective of the Cincinnati Reds, that’s currently a rule change that might carry some immediate significance, since their pending deal with potential LOOGY Zach Duke has been on hold for going on a week now. The other lefties they currently feature on the roster that are in-line for bullpen work - Amir Garrett, Cody Reed, and Brandon Finnegan, primarily - all have histories of starting, though, and so this is not a rule change that suddenly would render a significant portion of the current roster irrelevant for the upcoming season. That’s a good thing.As for the DH in the National League , well, that’s a much touchier subject. I’ve long been on the side that neither league should sport an option to have a guy hit for 9 innings without having to use a glove, and have spent most of my life against the idea of an NL DH. Of course, that was also a sentiment I picked up during the years when starting pitchers routinely threw 200 innings a year, bullpen usage was significantly lower, and teams more often than not carried as many as 14-15 position players. Getting those bench players involved through strategic managing and active pinch-hitting was an aspect of the game I’ve always enjoyed, and that was largely behind my reasoning to be adverse to the DH. In today’s game, though, when so much more of the roster is used up by burgeoning bullpen arms, that leaves little room for a large bench, and in that context I think I’m much more inclined to embrace the idea of an NL DH. If anything, I do think it’d be nice to see both leagues play by the same rules, since MLB is still intent on interleague play year-round.(Not to mention that if the Reds were to see this rule take shape as early as the 2019 season, they’d be in a pretty good spot to manage it. There are only two teams in all MLB at the moment that have two position players over the age of 34 who are making more than $20 million in 2019 - the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, and only one currently gets to use the DH.)I do also wonder if the consideration of these two large rule changes is a way to circumvent the would-be dumb decision to obliterate shifting on defense. Allowing NL teams to keep a more potent bat in the lineup all game is, in theory, a pro-offense move, as is prohibiting the use of specialized lefties for one left-handed hitter at a time. Considering the initial concept of banning shifts was because it had inhibited left-handed hitting offensively, perhaps these are tandem considerations that make more sense to put in place than arbitrarily trying to tell defensive players where they can and cannot stand. In that context Roger Maris Jersey , I’m even more inclined to think the new proposal is more reasonable.Perhaps this is also a mutual ploy by both parties to ramp up the investment in veteran free agent hitters, who generally carry a bit more name value as DHs than LOOGYs generally do. If there’s one opening on a 25 man roster for, say, Curtis Granderson, Adam Jones, or Carlos Gonzalez, that tends to provide 15 more chances for big names like those to stay in the game, and that does sound more appealing to the average fan than, say, the Dukes or Boone Logans of the baseball world. Not to mention the obvious impact for NL teams that are looking to sign star hitters to long-term contracts and would now have more piece of mind that they can keep their bats in the lineup long after their glovework has begun to decline.It’s certainly a major set of changes that teams and players will have to consider, but this time around they do seem to have some decent reasoning behind them. On top of that, it appears the Reds might well be in perfect position to adapt to them immediately, should they get put in place in time for 2019. Perhaps these have been rumored for much longer than we, the general public, has known, and that might well be why the free agent market for so many players has been dragging out all winter long.