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December hasn’t been kind to the Phoenix Suns, but amidst their 5-9 record and mounting injury woes, Josh Okogie sure has been. In fact, he’s been nothing short of an X-factor handily exceeding his contract value during one of the team’s most trying stretches of the season. Landing in Phoenix on a veteran minimum deal, Okogie’s first brush with free…...

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I have long believed that the entire period between Christmas Eve Day and New Year’s Day should be a national holiday. Business leaders probably don’t agree. The US is so hyper focused on productivity and work ethic that it fails to consider the benefits that more balance might be create. An entire week off probably sounds like blasphemy. Some smaller...

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Diamondbacks pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt delivers a pitch for the Reno Aces.

In 2019, Brandon Pfaadt worked primarily as a reliever at Bellarmine, a then-Division II university in Louisville, Kentucky. Entering 2023, he is widely viewed as the best overall pitching prospect in the Diamondbacks organization, and he could break into the big leagues as soon as Opening Day. “He just keeps getting better and better,” Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield said. “First year we’re like, oh man, this guy’s kind of interesting. He can throw strikes, has a pretty good changeup. The next year, it’s like, alright, now he’s throwing harder and the breaking ball’s getting better and…you know, Amarillo is not an easy place to pitch and he does just fine there. Then he goes to Triple A, which has…

I hope … That everyone realizes what quarterback Colt McCoy has gone through since training camp. He missed practice time during the summer with an injury and has continued to compete during the season despite more issues that have occurred during the games he’s played. When McCoy went down against Denver, coach Kliff Kingsbury said, “It’s tough anytime you see...

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As colleague Steve Peters has noted, the November edition of the PHNX Coyotes prospect report felt like the Euro edition — and a mouthful for readers, who had to memorize the pronunciations of EHC Red Bull München defenseman Maksymilian Szuber, IK Oskarshamn defenseman Emil Martinsen Lilleberg and Madison Capitols forward Miko Matikka. It’s the holiday season so I kept it...

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I hope … That whatever Cardinals general Steve Keim is experiencing isn’t too serious and that all fans have prayers for Keim and his family at this time. It’s no surprise that some people on social media feel compelled to post nasty and snide comments about him because that’s the nature of dialogue these days. After news broke nationally on...

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen reacts after allowing a home run to Kris Bryant at Chase Field.

For the first time since early 2020, there is a palpable buzz around the Diamondbacks. It’s not that the Diamondbacks are favored to win the NL West. Heck, the San Francisco Giants just signed Carlos Correa — the latest addition to a long list of obstacles in what is arguably baseball’s best division. It’s that there is an increasing sense among fans that the next generation of Diamondbacks — including Corbin Carroll, Daulton Varsho, Jake McCarthy, Alek Thomas and a plethora of young pitchers in Drey Jameson, Ryne Nelson and eventually Brandon Pfaadt — could usher in a new era of Diamondbacks baseball that is not only good, but sustainable. In many respects, that hype is justified. The emerging core…

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker has become a masterful manipulator of double-teams.

Much like the summer of 2019, the biggest topic surrounding Devin Booker right now is double-teams. Or at least, it should be. But unlike those mind-numbingly stupid arguments about what should and shouldn’t fly in open gyms, this new narrative is a positive one: Book has mastered the very traps that inspired all those doubly lame jokes in the first...

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Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte could be hurt by MLB's new shift restrictions in 2022.

For the last decade, the sight of curmudgeonly, traditionalist baseball fans clamoring for players to learn to beat the shift by hitting the ball to the opposite field has grown more and more prevalent. Just bunt down the third-base line already, they say. In theory, it shouldn’t be that hard, right? Baseball is a game of adjustments, after all. Opposing...

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I hope . . .  Or wish that those who advocate for firing people would at least get their facts right. It’s no secret that numerous outlets are listing Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury being in danger of losing their jobs. Whether that’s true or not, no one on the outside actually knows. However, some of...

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