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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.
Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick at Chase Field.

When Major League Baseball made its “best and final” collective bargaining proposal to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday, not all owners were on board. According to The Athletic’s Evan Drellich, there were four detractors: Angels’ owner Arte Moreno, Reds owner Bob Castellini, Tigers owner Chris Ilitch and Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick. Of course, the MLBPA unanimously voted against the...

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MLB fans grow restless as MLB lockout negotiations continue in Florida.

Beat reporters Jesse Friedman of PHNX Diamondbacks and Patrick Lyons of DNVR Rockies meet on the corner of their respective states for a discussion of the latest news in the world of baseball. After a week of long but largely unproductive meetings between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association, baseball fans are beginning to wonder if Opening Day...

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Zac Gallen pitches as the Diamondbacks face the Dodgers at Chase Field.

In July 2019, Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen made the most fascinating trade of his tenure when he dealt highly-touted shortstop prospect Jazz Chisholm to the Miami Marlins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Zac Gallen. Most fans had the same reaction: Zac who? Gallen’s anonymity didn’t last long. Just over a year after the D-backs acquired him, Gallen broke the...

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Dan Straily signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks.

Is it possible to make a splash in minor league free agency? That sounds like an oxymoron. But heck, we’re in a lockout. Any transaction that could impact a major league roster in 2022 is a splash. Speaking of which, the Diamondbacks have reportedly signed 33-year-old righty Dan Straily to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. All...

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Madison Bumgarner

The date is April 30, 2021. After back-to-back wins over the Colorado Rockies, the Diamondbacks are 14-12. Less than a week ago, they shut out the Atlanta Braves on the road in both games of a day-night doubleheader. Madison Bumgarner threw a seven-inning no-hitter in one of them. Following a disappointing 25-35 finish in 2020, expectations for the team are...

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Diamondbacks fans look on as Donovan Solano homers into the left field bleachers.

If you have any Diamondbacks fans in your life, you may want to send them an Edible Arrangement. It has been a difficult few seasons for fans of the Sedona red. The D-backs have gone from perceived playoff contender to arguably the worst team in baseball in less than two years. Fans are still grappling with the departure of franchise...

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitching legends Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, and Brandon Webb greet other at the 20th anniversary celebration.

Even after enduring a 110-loss season, Arizona Diamondbacks fans are probably more spoiled than they’re willing to admit. Entering year 25, their franchise has had more than its fair share of legendary talent. Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson, future Hall-of-Famer Zack Greinke and potential Hall-of-Famer Curt Schilling each spent significant portions of their careers in Arizona. But we all know the Diamondbacks...

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Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen watches batting practice at PNC Park.

“There are rich teams, and there are poor teams. Then there’s 50 feet of crap. And then there’s us.” Those are the iconic words of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in “Moneyball,” discussing the state of his cash-strapped franchise in the early 2000s. The Diamondbacks’ situation, granted, is less dire: Their final 2021 payroll ranked a reasonable 21st in...

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D-backs general manager Mike Hazen signed Madison Bumgarner to a five-year contract in 2019.

Entering his sixth season with the team, Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen has dished out major league contracts to 24 free agents for a total of just over $204 million. That’s $2 million less than the team spent on Zack Greinke the year before Hazen’s arrival, but the Greinke deal was an exception. The D-backs may never give that kind...

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