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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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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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Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker didn't get moved at the trade deadline.

From standing pat to potentially dealing one of the team’s young up-and-coming outfielders, there was always a wide range of possible outcomes for the Diamondbacks at this year’s MLB trade deadline. President and CEO Derrick Hall told Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta less than a week before the deadline that any moves the team made would be aimed at improving...

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The Diamondbacks finished the first half of the season on a high note Tuesday with a 6-2 win over the Giants. After 81 games, they are 37-44 and on pace for 74 wins (just one shy of the 75-win prediction I made back in April.) After finishing with 52 wins last year, a 22-game improvement would be a big lift for the franchise. Unsurprisingly, manager Torey Lovullo stressed the need for his players to stay focused on what’s in front of them and continue to improve. “I don’t want these guys to get complacent and say we’ve had a first half that we’re satisfied with,” Lovullo said before Tuesday’s game. “I like excellence. I like greatness. That’s what I want…

Christian Walker homers at Dodger Stadium.

After two months and exactly 200 plate appearances, Christian Walker is batting .203/.295/.469 with 13 homers, eight doubles and 25 RBI in 2022. At first glance, it seems unremarkable. A first baseman batting a tick over the Mendoza line while slugging .469? Chris Carter, is that you? A closer look reveals that, not only are Walker’s offensive numbers far more...

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