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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.

On Dec. 4, 2015, the baseball world looked on in disbelief as the so-called small-market Arizona Diamondbacks signed pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5-million contract. After a World Series run with the Houston Astros, that deal that originally brought Greinke to the Valley has expired. Now that the dust has settled and his numbers are final, we can answer…...

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Following a 52-win season, the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks weren’t going to take home any team trophies. That doesn’t mean individual awards were off limits. Outfielder David Peralta was named a National League Gold Glove finalist in left field, joining the Cardinals’ Tyler O’Neill and former Diamondback A.J. Pollock, now with the Dodgers. Madison Bumgarner was named a Silver Slugger finalist...

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On June 1, 2014, David Peralta made his Arizona Diamondbacks debut at the age of 26. Going from flipping burgers at McDonald’s to pitching in independent ball to cracking the majors as an outfielder, Peralta – more commonly known as the “Freight Train” – has blossomed into arguably the most popular player on the team. As the 34-year-old enters the...

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After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Arizona Fall League returned to the Valley on Wednesday on a sunny, 75-degree Phoenix afternoon. A meager $9 entry fee lets you pick your own seat as you watch baseball’s top prospects clash as part of a 39-day barrage of baseball awesomeness. According to MLB.com, nearly 60 percent of Arizona Fall...

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Let’s face it: The last six months have been an unmitigated disaster for your beloved baseball franchise. No National League West team has ever finished as far out of first place as the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks. They won fewer than half as many games as the division-winning San Francisco Giants, a team they were projected to hang with at the...

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Since June 1, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been arguably the best position player in baseball not named Bryce Harper or Juan Soto. In that span, Goldy is slashing .326/.398/.592 with 25 homers, 70 RBI and a 165 wRC+. His 4.8 fWAR trail only the aforementioned Harper and Soto. Goldy, at 34 years old, has found it...

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It would be a stretch to call the Arizona Diamondbacks “good” over the last decade. But there’s one thing no team in baseball has been better at in that span: defense. In fact, it’s not even close. From 2010 through 2019, the Arizona Diamondbacks posted 445 defensive runs saved (DRS). This suggests that, in the 2010s, the D-backs’ defense prevented...

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot of questions to answer this offseason, but one of the first is whether or not to bring back Manager Torey Lovullo. Lovullo has managed 692 regular season games with the D-backs since taking the job prior to the 2017 season. Only Kirk Gibson has managed more games in franchise history at 729. Over Lovullo’s...

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Luis Gonzalez High Fives Randy Johnson

On Saturday night, nearly 20,000 fans gathered at Chase Field to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Arizona Diamondbacks World Series run. With the new norm of crowds below 10,000 amid a dreadful on-field product and the reawakened pandemic, it felt like a sellout. Fans came decked out in purple and teal to be taken back to the most iconic...

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