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Zac Gallen gets ready to deliver a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field.

In some ways, Zac Gallen was everything the Diamondbacks could have hoped for in 2022. He bounced back from an injury-plagued 2021 season with a 12-4 with a 2.54 ERA, a National League-leading 0.91 WHIP and the lowest opponent batting average by a qualified starting pitcher in Diamondbacks history at .185. The man once viewed by scouts as a back-of-the-rotation...

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When PHNX Sports began highlighting dogs for adoption and fostering last year at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control’s east shelter in Mesa, I steeled myself for the depressing conditions at that overcrowded, underfunded, understaffed and badly outdated facility. When I stepped inside Heidi’s Village for the first time this summer, I had a “Wizard of Oz” revelation. You’re not in county anymore. Instead of rows of tiny kennels housed by psychologically deteriorating dogs who hadn’t been walked or talked to for days, I entered a bright and open campus with eight separate buildings for dogs and cats, play areas outside each of those buildings, a splash pad, an on-site veterinary clinic, an on-site groomer, training rooms and evidence of…

Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis, just traded to the Diamondbacks, jogs to first after drawing a walk.

The Diamondbacks made their second trade in three days on Thursday, acquiring 27-year-old outfielder Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners for outfielder/catcher Cooper Hummel. On paper, the D-backs exchanged a player that might not have made their Opening Day roster for a player that was once the consensus top prospect in the Mariners’ system and is still only two years removed from winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award. So, what’s the catch? There are several, the most pressing of which is that Lewis’ injury history might not fit on a CVS receipt. With that comes inherent risk, but Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said that Lewis fills a more pressing need for the team than Hummel. “We felt…

The Diamondbacks designated Stone Garrett for assignment on a busy day of roster moves in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

The fact that the Diamondbacks made nine roster moves before Tuesday’s MLB roster protection deadline might appear as nothing more than basic roster housekeeping. But the fact that they made any moves at all speaks to how far the franchise has come. The need to make difficult decisions about which players to protect from the Rule 5 draft is a sign of a healthy farm system. It means that the Diamondbacks are flush with desirable prospects. That doesn’t mean hard decisions aren’t hard, though, and there is no doubt that designating outfielder Stone Garrett for assignment was among them. The D-backs outfielder slashed .276/.309/.539 in 84 plate appearances in 2022. In addition to being one of the best stories in…

Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte celebrates a two-run homer at PNC Park with Christian Walker and Josh Rojas.

As a team, the Diamondbacks ranked no higher than 21st in batting average, on-base percentage or OPS in 2022. But they still hit some baseballs really freaking hard along the way. The crack of the bat has brought baseball fans joy for more than a century, but for a long time that sound was impossible to quantify. The ball just sounds different off his bat, we used to say. That adage still makes its rounds, but in 2015, Major League Baseball took the guessing game away by tracking exit velocity on every batted ball in every big league game. And if you’re like me, you can hardly remember what watching a baseball game was like before that. (Most people aren’t.)…

Diamondbacks prospect Jordan Lawlar smiles to the dugout during an Arizona Fall League game at Chase Field.

Jordan Lawlar’s Arizona Fall League season was cut short by a fractured left scapula, but that didn’t stop the 20-year-old from showing he belonged in baseball’s most prestigious assembly of minor-league talent. In 49 plate appearances in the AFL, Lawlar slashed .278/.469/.528 with two homers, four stolen bases and 11 walks. After struggling in a short stint in Double-A before the end of the regular season, Lawlar seems poised to succeed there next year. He could reasonably follow a similar path as Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll, who opened the 2022 season in Double-A and was a big-leaguer by the end of the year. Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield told The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro that the injury, suffered on a…

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Daulton Varsho makes a catch at Chase Field.

Remember what it feels like to have a player snubbed in end-of-year awards, Diamondbacks fans? Memories of Paul Goldschmidt’s second-place finish in 2013 NL MVP voting may have rushed back for some on Tuesday, as outfielder Daulton Varsho fell short of winning his first career Gold Glove award. While unfortunate for fans, Varsho’s exclusion was somewhat unsurprising. Despite being a...

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Philadelphia Phillies outfielder/designated hitter Bryce Harper reacts after hitting a game-winning home run in game five of the NLCS at Citizens Bank Park.

The evening desert air has a newfound crispness, coffee shops are overrun with pumpkin-flavored beverages and Game 1 of the fall classic between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros is less than 48 hours away. Baseball fans across the country are picking their sides. For many, that will be an easy choice. https://twitter.com/PHNX_Dbacks/status/1584400127925444608?s=20&t=2Z28V1iTj5C9HphUiA5z1g For others, not so much. The Astros, despite their past mistakes (more on that in a moment), have a plethora of exciting young players and a 73-year-old manager in Dusty Baker who is widely regarded as a baseball legend. Meanwhile, Justin Verlander has been pitching nearly as long as Baker has been managing and still looks as good as ever. This Phillies team is lovable in…

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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