Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Arizona Diamondbacks Chapter 1: Great Expectations 1998-2002 Three division titles and World Series title made the Diamondbacks' first five seasons an overwhelming success. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Register your digital access. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks: Where are they now? Pitcher Randy Johnson: Business owner, photographer and serves as a Diamondbacks’ special assistant to the President and CEO. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com, David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks: Where are they now? DIGITAL -- 26158 … [Read more...] about Arizona Diamondbacks Chapter 1: Great Expectations 1998-2002
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Arizona Diamondbacks' 2001 World Series team: Where are they now? Taking a look at what some of the key members of the Diamondbacks' 2001 World Series championship team are doing now. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Register your digital access. Bob McManaman, azcentral sports Published 12:24 p.m. MT March 25, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Where are they now? A look at some of the key figures from the Diamondbacks’ 2001 winning World Series championship team and what they are doing now: Infielder Jay Bell: Manager … [Read more...] about Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2001 World Series team: Where are they now?
I’m not the biggest Jim Leyland fan in the world. I was around him for a few days in Arizona spring training in 1999. You could see early that he was going to give a half-hearted effort to his new job as manager of the Colorado Rockies.Leyland has admitted the lousy attitude that he carried into that job. He has dived into the task since getting another shot with the Detroit Tigers in 2006. On Tuesday night, Leyland did a tremendous favor for Major League Baseball. He demonstrated that determining home-field advantage for the World Series through the outcome of the All-Star Game does not have to be a ridiculous notion. Leyland showed that you can manage to win in this game while also using most of the roster. The infamous tie in the 2002 All-Star Game was the result of what the game had been turned into by managers. They had become fully fixated on getting every last body in the game, so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings.. Win or lose, it mattered not. Arizona manager Bob … [Read more...] about Leyland makes Series advantage a good thing
Tom Kelly had the chance to be an All-Star manager twice and guided the American League to victory both times. But even with the pageantry and excitement associated with those games, he never was sad to see them end. Sure, it was nice having a clubhouse full of the world’s best baseball talent at his disposal, but that also complicated things. “On one hand, you feel like a kid in a candy store,” Kelly said. “And then, on the other hand, it becomes a little bit of a headache.” To manage an All-Star team, you have to first lead your own team to the World Series. The late Johnny Oates thought baseball had it backwards. He often said last-place managers should be summoned to manage the All-Star Game since the duty was more punishment than reward. A manager’s All-Star roster choices are heavily scrutinized, fairly or unfairly, as Boston’s John Farrell and St. Louis’ Mike Matheny will learn when this year’s rosters are revealed Sunday. … [Read more...] about Managing at All-Star Game: an honor and a headache
The All-Star Game has gotten serious. Torii Hunter blames himself. For the players, the All-Star Game used to be about having a good time and putting on a good show, win or lose, sort of like the NBA does at its midseason gala. "It used to be like the dunk contest, guys having fun, joking around, making people laugh. [You'd] wear your helmet backwards," the five-time All-Star outfielder said. "Now, you have guys out there playing their butts off, getting intense. You're trying to get that home-field advantage." And it might not have happened, the former Twin believes, if he hadn't seized the spotlight so memorably a dozen years ago. Hunter was patrolling center field at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the Red Sox' Derek Lowe on the mound, when Barry Bonds came to the plate in the first inning. On a 1-1 pitch, Bonds crushed a sinker to right-center and it came soaring out over Hunter's head. "I knew he hit it pretty hard, so I just took off at a trot. Then I saw it blowing back from the wind … [Read more...] about Does Hunter’s All-Star catch shoulder blame for injecting home-field incentive?