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If you have been a baseball fan for any length of time, chances are you have heard this saying before: Hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. There is some truth there. When I showed up at the batting cages for my first — and last — year of high school baseball, my coaches set the…...

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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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Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Joe Mantiply (35) throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

You’ve probably heard it said by now: The Diamondbacks had to have someone in the All-Star game. Disrespectful? Sure. Wrong? Well, not really. The D-backs did need a representative, and that someone is left-handed reliever Joe Mantiply. ​​ https://twitter.com/PHNX_Dbacks/status/1546544666006278144?s=20&t=-WJrgAxzqGXasjssp5wu_A While many baseball fans view his All-Star selection as nothing more than an obligatory formality, Mantiply’s first half has been remarkable — particularly for a franchise that has been riddled with bullpen problems since its inception. The timing of this piece is unfortunate, given that Mantiply’s ERA has more than doubled in the past 10 days. Still, entering Tuesday’s game in San Francisco, Mantiply had a 2.08 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 25.0 percent walk rate and 1.5 percent walk rate over 34 ⅔…

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