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Born and raised in Phoenix metro, Jesse’s sports broadcasting career began at the age of 12 when he impersonated D-backs radio voice Greg Schulte on FOX Sports Arizona as the Arizona Diamondbacks Kidkaster. He started writing and podcasting about the Diamondbacks shortly thereafter, and has been doing it ever since. Now, Jesse is a podcast host and writer for PHNX Diamondbacks. Jesse has a math degree and a journalism minor from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Daulton Varsho attempts to make a play on a fly ball at Guaranteed Rate Field.

From 2010 to 2019, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ defense was the best in baseball by a wide margin. After slipping back to near average in 2020, the 2021 Diamondbacks might have had the worst defensive season in franchise history. A year later, that seems like a distant memory. After posting a major-league worst minus-48 defensive runs saved in 2021, the Diamondbacks...

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Evan Longoria plays against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park.

Updated on Nov. 12, 2022. When USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that 37-year-old third baseman Evan Longoria had interest in playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023, it was unknown whether the sentiment was mutual. On Thursday, a new report from AZCentral’s Nick Piecoro suggested that the Diamondbacks could have interest in Longoria, too. It is no secret that Longoria...

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Zach Davies pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park.

When the Diamondbacks signed Zach Davies shortly before the 2022 season, the 29-year-old was coming off the worst season of his career. His league-leading 75 walks and 43.3-percent hard-hit rate in 2021 were severe outliers for a pitcher known as a control specialist and soft contact artist. His 5.78 ERA didn’t exactly stand out in last year’s free-agent class. The...

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Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen addresses the media at Chase Field.

For a 74-win team that finished 37 games out of the NL West and 13 games out of the playoffs, the Arizona Diamondbacks stirred more than their fair share of excitement in 2022. After winning 52 games a year ago, the team forged a new identity. The Diamondbacks are young, fast, athletic and — somehow — a not-so-outrageous pick to...

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Merrill Kelly pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.

After his last home start of the year on Sep. 24, Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly had already thrown an impressive 189.2 innings this season. And he was hellbent on reaching 200. “It’s pretty important to me, to be honest with you,” Kelly said. “You guys have heard me talk for four years now on what I pride myself on...

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Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield watches during a select training camp for Diamondbacks minor-league players at Salt River Fields.

From the addition of No. 2 overall pick Druw Jones to the rapid rise of top shortstop prospect Jordan Lawlar, 2022 was another solid year for an Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system that remains widely regarded as one of the 10 best in baseball. With the minor league season officially complete, it is time to look back on what transpired. I...

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Diamondbacks pitcher Drey Jameson makes his second career start at Chase Field.

If you have been a baseball fan for any length of time, chances are you have heard this saying before: Hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. There is some truth there. When I showed up at the batting cages for my first — and last — year of high school baseball, my coaches set the...

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Houston Astros left fielder Aledmys Diaz hits a grand slam.

In the home stretch of a 2022 season that has sparked optimism across the Valley, the words “Wild Card contender” are no longer alienated among Diamondbacks fans. People really think the team has a shot in 2023. The likelihood of a playoff run next year is something to dig into more deeply in the offseason, but for now, we have...

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