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D-backs named among best places to work in Phoenix for 12th straight year

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks were named among Valley companies as one of the "Best Places to Work," when the Phoenix Business Journal announced its list of 2018 recipients at an awards luncheon today at the J.W. Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The D-backs finished among the top large-sized companies for the 12th year in a row.

"We are proud to be named among the best in Phoenix once again," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "At the D-backs, our employees come first and a strong company culture is imperative to prevail both on and off the field and this year has been no exception. Our D-backs family bond is unmatched and has proven to be a competitive advantage for us in our industry."

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks were named among Valley companies as one of the "Best Places to Work," when the Phoenix Business Journal announced its list of 2018 recipients at an awards luncheon today at the J.W. Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The D-backs finished among the top large-sized companies for the 12th year in a row.

"We are proud to be named among the best in Phoenix once again," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "At the D-backs, our employees come first and a strong company culture is imperative to prevail both on and off the field and this year has been no exception. Our D-backs family bond is unmatched and has proven to be a competitive advantage for us in our industry."

Founded in 2003, the "Best Places to Work" program ranks Valley companies through a third-party administered employee survey. The areas surveyed include various parts of employee life, including workplace environment, leadership direction, culture and management practices. Hundreds of companies were nominated for the award and selected companies were named among the "Best Places to Work" in micro-, small-, medium-, large- and extra-large-sized company categories. The D-backs were the first professional sports organization to receive the honor in 2007.

D-backs employees operate under core values established by the leadership team that provide true framework for effective decision making. Those values include investing into the people who work for the organization, cultivating and enhancing relationships with employees, establishing integrity by accepting individual and collective responsibility, foster learning throughout the organization while considering outside points of view, and expecting positive results from the organization both on and off the field. Culture is also one of the five areas of focus within the organization's Circle of Success.

Among the unique perks enjoyed by employees in 2018 is an extended two-week holiday break, team player trip to San Diego to see the D-backs play, quarterly company outings, roundtable meetings between management and employees and a rotating council comprised of members from all levels of the organization focusing on enhancing company events and culture.

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D-backs Rule 5 Draft selections

LAS VEGAS, NEV. - The Arizona Diamondbacks selected RHP Nick Green (@ngreeny12) in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Arizona also selected OF Jeffrey Baez in the Triple-A phase. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 38.

 

LAS VEGAS, NEV. - The Arizona Diamondbacks selected RHP Nick Green (@ngreeny12) in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Arizona also selected OF Jeffrey Baez in the Triple-A phase. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 38.

 

Green, 23, combined to go 8-7 with a 3.32 ERA (49 ER in 132.2 IP), 102 strikeouts and a .235 opponent average in 23 starts with Single-A Advanced Tampa and Double-A Trenton in the Yankees' organization in 2018. He was named to the Florida State League midseason All-Star Team after going 7-5 with a 3.28 ERA (42 ER in 115.1 IP) in 20 starts with Tampa.

 

Green also limited left-handers to a .207 average (50-for-241) last season and pitched at least 6.0 innings in 14 of his 23 starts, including 7.0 scoreless frames with 1 hit allowed in his final outing on August 29 @ Altoona.

 

In 5 Minor League seasons in the Rangers (2014-2016) and Yankees' (2016-18) systems, Green was 26-25 with a 4.06 ERA (178 ER in 395.0 IP), 320 strikeouts and a .245 opponent average in 85 games (75 starts). He was selected by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2014 draft and traded to the Yankees on August 1, 2016 with RHP Dillon Tate and RHP Erik Swanson for OF Carlos Beltran.

 

Baez, 25, hit .262 (67-for-256)/.346 OBP/.414 SLG with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 30 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 88 games with Double-A Tennessee in 2018 and was named a Southern League midseason All-Star. A native of El Tigre, Venezuela, the 6-foot-0, 180-pounder is a career .260 hitter with 105 doubles, 26 triples 56 home runs, 265 RBI and 203 stolen bases in 633 games across 8 seasons in the Cubs' organization. He signed with the Giants as a Minor League free agent on November 5.

 

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D-backs acquire Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andrew Young and a Competitive Balance pick from the Cardinals for Paul Goldschmidt

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired RHP Luke Weaver (@DreamWeava7), C Carson Kelly (@carskelly), INF Andrew Young (@AndyjYoung15) and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick (No. 6) from the St. Louis Cardinals for INF Paul Goldschmidt. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 37.

"I would like to personally thank Paul Goldschmidt for everything he did as a D-back," said D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen. "It's not often you come across a player of his caliber who carries himself with such selflessness and humility, both on and off the field, while representing the organization and the state of Arizona."

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired RHP Luke Weaver (@DreamWeava7), C Carson Kelly (@carskelly), INF Andrew Young (@AndyjYoung15) and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick (No. 6) from the St. Louis Cardinals for INF Paul Goldschmidt. The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 37.

"I would like to personally thank Paul Goldschmidt for everything he did as a D-back," said D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen. "It's not often you come across a player of his caliber who carries himself with such selflessness and humility, both on and off the field, while representing the organization and the state of Arizona."

Weaver, 25, was 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA (75 ER in 136.1 IP) and 121 strikeouts in 30 games (25 starts) for the Cardinals in 2018, including a 3.57 ERA (16 ER in 40.1 IP) over his final 8 starts. He also ranked third on the Cardinals in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts, and posted a 21.38 pct. swing-and-miss rate on his fastball, the 23rd-best mark in the Majors (min. 1,000 pitches).

Weaver entered 2017 ranked by Baseball America as the Cardinals' No. 2 prospect (50th overall) and went 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA (26 ER in 60.1 IP) and 72 strikeouts in 13 games (10 starts) for St. Louis. As a starter, he averaged 11.22 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, the third-highest mark in the National League after Robbie Ray/ARI (12.11) and Max Scherzer/WSH (12.02), and recorded a 4.93 strikeout-to-walk ratio (69 SO/14 BB), the fourth-best mark in the NL, behind Clayton Kershaw/LAD (6.73), Jeff Samardzija/SF (6.41) and Madison Bumgarner/SF (5.05) [min. 10 GS].

Also in 2017, Weaver became the fifth rookie pitcher in the previous 70 years to allow 2 runs or fewer in 7 consecutive winning starts (August 2-September 20), joining Fernando Valenzuela/LAD (8 starts in 1981), Cal Eldred/MIL (1992), Jared Weaver/LAA (2006) and Steven Matz/NYM (2016) [source: Elias Sports Bureau].

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was named the Cardinals' 2016 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 7-3 with a 1.30 ERA (12 ER in 83.0 IP), .206 opponent average, 12 walks and 92 strikeouts with Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield. He made his Major League debut on August 13, 2016 @ Cubs (2 ER in 4.0 IP).

Weaver has gone 15-17 with a 4.79 ERA (124 ER in 233.0 IP) and 238 strikeouts in 52 Major League games (43 starts) with St. Louis (2016-18), and 25-11 with a 2.03 ERA (63 ER in 279.1 IP) and 275 strikeouts in 54 starts over 5 Minor League seasons in the Cardinals' organization (2014-18). He was selected in the first round (27th overall) in the 2014 draft out of Florida State University.

Kelly, 24, was ranked by Baseball Prospectus as a Top 7 catcher in 2017-18 at Triple-A (2018: No. 7 with a 9.9 FRAA_ADJ; 2017: No. 6 with a 12.2 FRAA_ADJ) and has been worth +22.1 runs defensively, third-most in Triple-A. *FRAA_ADJ is the total of the values of FRAA augmented with framing, throwing and blocking contributions.

He was ranked by Baseball America in 2018 as the second-best defensive catcher in the Minor Leagues, the third-best catching prospect in the Minors and the Cardinals' No. 3 prospect.

Kelly was named a midseason All-Star in 2017 with Memphis, 2016 with Springfield and 2014 with Single-A Peoria, a 2016 Futures Game selection with Springfield, a 2016 Arizona Fall League Rising Stars and All-Prospect Team selection with Glendale, a 2015 MiLB Gold Glove recipient with Single-A Advanced Palm Beach and a 2014 MiLB.com organization All-Star.

He played for the Cardinals in parts of the last 3 seasons (2016-18), appearing in 63 games and hitting .154 (18-for-117) with a .227 OBP/.188 SLG/.415 OPS with 4 doubles, 10 RBI and 8 walks. Defensively, he has caught in 57 games (27 starts) with a 4.11 catchers ERA and .996 fielding percentage (1 E in 282 TC) while throwing out 2-of-13 attempted basestealers.

Over parts of 3 seasons at Memphis, he appeared in 183 games and hit .278 (181-for-651) with a .373 OBP/.416 SLG/.789 OPS, 37 doubles, 1 triple, 17 homers, 96 RBI and 92 walks. He started 183 games at catcher and posted a .994 fielding percentage (9 E in 1591 TC) while throwing out 35-of-120 attempted basestealers.

In 6 Minor League seasons (2012-18) in the Cardinals' organization, he appeared in 622 games and hit .255 (573-for-2249) with a .324 OBP/.380 SLG/.704 OPS, 111 doubles, 7 triples, 52 homers, 284 RBI and 208 walks. Kelly appeared in 426 games (423 starts) at catcher and compiled a .993 fielding percentage (24 E in 3618 TC) while throwing out 48.2 pct. (124-of-257) attempted basestealers. He also logged time at third base (144 G) and first base (1 game).

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound right-handed hitter was the Cardinals' second-round pick in the 2012 draft out of Westview High School in Portland, Ore.

Young, 24, finished fifth in the 2018 Arizona Fall League with a .936 OPS, was a midseason All-Star in 2018 at Single-A Advanced Palm Beach and 2017 at Peoria and was also named a 2017 MiLB.com organization All-Star.

In 20 games with Surprise in the 2018 AFL, he hit .301 (22-for-73) with a .416 OBP/.521 SLG/.936 OPS, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, 15 RBI and 14 walks. Following the season, Young was named by MLB.com as one of the league's Top 10 breakout prospects.

He spent 2018 with Springfield (35 G) and Palm Beach (84 G) and hit .289 (125-for-432) with a .379 OBP/.479 SLG/.858 OPS, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 21 homers, 58 RBI and 38 walks in 119 games. He appeared in 103 games (101 starts) at second base and 14 games (12 starts) at third base.

In 37 games at Springfield between 2017-18, he hit .326 (45-for-138) with a .408 OBP/.558 SLG/.966 OPS, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 9 homers, 25 RBI and 8 walks.

In 3 seasons in the Cardinals' system, he has appeared in 289 games and hit .281 (291-for-1034) with a .367 OBP/.462 SLG/.829 OPS, 38 doubles, 13 triples, 41 homers, 141 RBI and 88 walks. Young has appeared at second base (189 games), third base (40), shortstop (40), left field (7) and right field (2). In 269 games (262 starts) at second, third and shortstop, he has a combined .981 fielding percentage (20 E in 1,068 TC).

The 6-foot-0, 195-pound right-handed hitter was the Cardinals' 37th-round pick in the 2016 draft out of Indiana State University. He is a native of West Fargo, North Dakota.

Goldschmidt, 31, is 2-time runner-up for the NL Most Valuable Player Award, a 6-time NL All-Star and won 4 Louisville Slugger® Silver Slugger Awards™ and 3 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards® at first base, while hitting .297 (1,182-for-3,975)/.398 OBP/.532 SLG with 267 doubles, 209 home runs and 710 RBI in 8 seasons with the D-backs (2011-18). He ranked among the franchise leaders in OPS (1st, .930), on-base pct. (1st), slugging pct. (1st), walks (1st, 655), home runs (2nd), RBI (2nd), average (2nd), hits (2nd), doubles (2nd) and games (2nd, 1,092).

 


QUOTES FROM KEN KENDRICK AND DERRICK HALL

D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick

"Paul has been a key member of the D-backs family and this is not a decision we made without careful thought and consideration. Ultimately, we have complete confidence in Mike Hazen and our Baseball Operations staff and we are all in agreement that this was the best decision, but that doesn't minimize how much Paul has meant to us and will continue to mean to us. He is a great player but an even better person."

D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall

"This was an extremely difficult decision given how much Paul has meant to our team both on and off the field. He represents everything it means to be a D-back, and we are very thankful to him for all that he has done for our franchise and our fans. We wish him, Amy and their family nothing but the best in the years ahead."

 

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D-backs agree to terms with Merrill Kelly on a 2-year contract

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with RHP Merrill Kelly (@Mert_723) on a 2-year contract through 2020, with club options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The D-backs 40-man roster is now at 36. 
 
D-backs Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager Jared Porter & Merrill Kelly will be available on a conference call at 5:45 p.m. PHX (7:45 p.m. ET). The call-in number is 877.820.7831, passcode 6637172#.
 
Kelly, 30, spent the past 4 seasons (2015-18) pitching for the SK Wyverns of the KBO League in South Korea, going 48-32 with a 3.86 ERA (313 ER in 729.2 IP), 641 strikeouts and 206 walks in 119 games (118 starts). Acting as the staff ace last season, he helped lead the Wyverns to the 2018 Korean Series title, going 12-7 with a 4.09 ERA (72 ER in 158.1 IP), .250 opponent average, 161 strikeouts and 47 walks in 28 starts, including a 6-2 mark with a 2.93 ERA (25 ER in 76.2 IP) in 13 starts after July 1. Kelly also made a pair of starts in the Korean Series vs. Doosan Bears, earning the victory in Game 3. 
 
While pitching in the KBO, Kelly ranked among the league leaders in several categories, including ERA (4th in 2016 with 3.60; 7th in 2017 with 3.68), wins (3rd in 2017 with 16), strikeouts (1st in 2017 with 189; 2nd in 2016 with 152) and innings (2nd in 2016 with 200.1; 3rd in 2017 with 190.0; 9th in 2015 with 181.0).   
 
Kelly, who played 5 seasons in the Rays' organization (2010-14) after being selected in the eighth round of the 2010 draft, was 39-26 with a 3.40 ERA (199 ER in 527.1 IP), .237 opponent average, 379 strikeouts and 194 walks in 125 games (76 starts). He was named an International League All-Star in 2014 while playing for Triple-A Durham, going 9-4 with a 2.76 ERA (35 ER in 114.0 IP) in 28 games (15 starts). 
 
Kelly grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., and attended Desert Mountain High School, Yavapai College and Arizona State University, which would make him the fifth player in D-backs history to play high school, college (4-year university) and the Majors all in Arizona, joining Jake Barrett, Tuffy Gosewisch, Cody Ransom and Ed Vosberg. Additionally, Kelly would join Ransom (South Mountain CC) as the only players to play high school, junior college, college and the Majors all in Arizona. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with RHP Merrill Kelly (@Mert_723) on a 2-year contract through 2020, with club options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The D-backs 40-man roster is now at 36. 
 
D-backs Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager Jared Porter & Merrill Kelly will be available on a conference call at 5:45 p.m. PHX (7:45 p.m. ET). The call-in number is 877.820.7831, passcode 6637172#.
 
Kelly, 30, spent the past 4 seasons (2015-18) pitching for the SK Wyverns of the KBO League in South Korea, going 48-32 with a 3.86 ERA (313 ER in 729.2 IP), 641 strikeouts and 206 walks in 119 games (118 starts). Acting as the staff ace last season, he helped lead the Wyverns to the 2018 Korean Series title, going 12-7 with a 4.09 ERA (72 ER in 158.1 IP), .250 opponent average, 161 strikeouts and 47 walks in 28 starts, including a 6-2 mark with a 2.93 ERA (25 ER in 76.2 IP) in 13 starts after July 1. Kelly also made a pair of starts in the Korean Series vs. Doosan Bears, earning the victory in Game 3. 
 
While pitching in the KBO, Kelly ranked among the league leaders in several categories, including ERA (4th in 2016 with 3.60; 7th in 2017 with 3.68), wins (3rd in 2017 with 16), strikeouts (1st in 2017 with 189; 2nd in 2016 with 152) and innings (2nd in 2016 with 200.1; 3rd in 2017 with 190.0; 9th in 2015 with 181.0).   
 
Kelly, who played 5 seasons in the Rays' organization (2010-14) after being selected in the eighth round of the 2010 draft, was 39-26 with a 3.40 ERA (199 ER in 527.1 IP), .237 opponent average, 379 strikeouts and 194 walks in 125 games (76 starts). He was named an International League All-Star in 2014 while playing for Triple-A Durham, going 9-4 with a 2.76 ERA (35 ER in 114.0 IP) in 28 games (15 starts). 
 
Kelly grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., and attended Desert Mountain High School, Yavapai College and Arizona State University, which would make him the fifth player in D-backs history to play high school, college (4-year university) and the Majors all in Arizona, joining Jake Barrett, Tuffy Gosewisch, Cody Ransom and Ed Vosberg. Additionally, Kelly would join Ransom (South Mountain CC) as the only players to play high school, junior college, college and the Majors all in Arizona. 

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D-backs offer 12-game mini plan

Fans can secure tickets for Opening Day vs. Red Sox and Yankees series

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have launched a 12-game Mini Plan that allows fans to secure tickets now for Opening Weekend vs. Red Sox and games against the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. Fans can select any 12 games during the 2019 regular season with prices starting as low as $17 per ticket.

The D-backs will host their 2019 home opener against the world champion Boston Red Sox on April 5 at Chase Field. It will be the second time in franchise history the D-backs have hosted the Red Sox at Chase Field (also 2007). The D-backs will also host the New York Yankees at Chase Field for the first time since 2016 with a two-game set on April 30 and May 1 and will be the fourth time the Yankees have visited Chase Field during the regular season. Other highlights include Mother's Day (May 12 vs. Braves), a weekend series vs. Cubs (April 26-28), series against the Dodgers (starting June 24) and a Fourth of July fireworks spectacular on July 5 (vs. Rockies).

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have launched a 12-game Mini Plan that allows fans to secure tickets now for Opening Weekend vs. Red Sox and games against the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees. Fans can select any 12 games during the 2019 regular season with prices starting as low as $17 per ticket.

The D-backs will host their 2019 home opener against the world champion Boston Red Sox on April 5 at Chase Field. It will be the second time in franchise history the D-backs have hosted the Red Sox at Chase Field (also 2007). The D-backs will also host the New York Yankees at Chase Field for the first time since 2016 with a two-game set on April 30 and May 1 and will be the fourth time the Yankees have visited Chase Field during the regular season. Other highlights include Mother's Day (May 12 vs. Braves), a weekend series vs. Cubs (April 26-28), series against the Dodgers (starting June 24) and a Fourth of July fireworks spectacular on July 5 (vs. Rockies).

The D-backs offer many ticket packages including a Series Plan and Weekend Plan as well as half-season and full-season packages. All ticket packages, including the 12-game Mini Plan, can be purchased by calling 602-462-4600 or by emailing seasontickets@dbacks.com. More information can be found online at dbacks.com/miniplan.     

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Billy Joel in concert Saturday, March 9 at Chase Field

His 1st-ever stadium show in Arizona; tickets on sale to public Friday, December 7 at 10 a.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment and Live Nation are proud to announce legendary musician Billy Joel will perform on Saturday, March 9 at Chase Field. This performance will be Billy Joel's first-ever baseball stadium appearance in Arizona and the first concert at Chase Field under the direction of Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, December 7 at 10 a.m.

"We are thrilled to have music legend Billy Joel perform at Chase Field," said Derrick Hall, D-backs President & CEO. "Billy's music is known and loved amongst fans across multiple generations, much like baseball, and we are excited to offer our fans an additional form of entertainment at Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks."

Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment and Live Nation are proud to announce legendary musician Billy Joel will perform on Saturday, March 9 at Chase Field. This performance will be Billy Joel's first-ever baseball stadium appearance in Arizona and the first concert at Chase Field under the direction of Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, December 7 at 10 a.m.

"We are thrilled to have music legend Billy Joel perform at Chase Field," said Derrick Hall, D-backs President & CEO. "Billy's music is known and loved amongst fans across multiple generations, much like baseball, and we are excited to offer our fans an additional form of entertainment at Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks."

In December 2013, Billy Joel became Madison Square Garden's first-ever music franchise, joining the ranks of the storied venue's other original franchises - the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Since January 2014, Joel has played one show per month at The Garden. This unprecedented and wildly successful residency will mark a 60th consecutive sellout with its January 24, 2019, show and hit its record-setting 100th career MSG show last July.

Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world and continues this achievement with an impressive run of sold-out consecutive stadium shows and concert arenas. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected "Piano Man" for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, and artistic significance."

In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists' lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.

In December 2013, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a TONY AWARD for "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel's music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden's most extraordinary benefit concerts - "12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief," which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and "The Concert for New York City," which was held to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes. Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his brilliant career.

American Express card members will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Monday, December 3 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, December 6 at 10 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 7 and will be available at www.dbacksevents.com and livenation.com.

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D-backs announce 2019 Major League coaching staff & medical staff

Team adds Darnell Coles, Eric Hinske, Dan Butler and Kyle Torgerson

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) finalized their 2019 Major League coaching staff and medical staff under third-year manager Torey Lovullo.

The coaching staff will be (current role, on the coaching staff):

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) finalized their 2019 Major League coaching staff and medical staff under third-year manager Torey Lovullo.

The coaching staff will be (current role, on the coaching staff):

Jerry Narron

Bench coach

Second season, third overall

Mike Butcher

Pitching coach

Fourth season

Mike Fetters

Bullpen coach

Third season, seventh overall

Darnell Coles

Hitting coach

First season

Eric Hinske

Assistant Hitting coach

First season

Dave McKay

First Base coach

Sixth season

Tony Perezchica

Third Base coach

Third season

Robby Hammock

Quality Control/Catching coach

Third season

Luis "Pipé" Urueta

Major League coach

Second season

Humberto Quintero

Bullpen catcher

Third season, fourth overall

Dan Butler

Bullpen catcher

First season

 

The team's medical staff will consist of (current role, in D-backs organization):

Ken Crenshaw

Director, Sports Medicine & Performance

Second season, 14th overall

Ryan DiPanfilo

Head Athletic Trainer

Second season, 13th overall

Nate Shaw

Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

Second season, 14th overall

Ben Hagar

Physical Therapist

Fourth season

Kyle Torgerson

Assistant Athletic Trainer

First season, seventh overall

Junko Yazawa

Manual Therapist/Athletic Trainer

Second season

Matt Tenney

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Second season, ninth overall

Tetsu Maruyama

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Second season

 

Bios for the new staff members are below: 

Coles, 56, enters his first season as D-backs hitting coach, fifth overall in that capacity, sixth on a Major League coaching staff and 16th in a managerial/coaching role. He served as hitting coach for the Brewers (2015-18) and assistant hitting coach for the Tigers (2014). He spent 4 years in the Nationals' organization (2006-09), serving as Minor League roving hitting instructor (2006), manager for Short-Season A Vermont (2007) and Single-A Hagerstown (2008) and hitting coach for Triple-A Syracuse (2009). He began his coaching career as the Minor League hitting coordinator for the Mariners in 2000. He worked for ESPN as a baseball analyst from 2001-06. Coles played in 957 games over 14 Major League seasons with the Mariners (1983-85, '88-90), Tigers (1986-87, '90), Pirates (1987-88), Giants (1991), Reds (1992), Blue Jays (1993-94), Cardinals (1995) and Rockies (1997). 

Hinske, 41, enters his first season as D-backs assistant hitting coach, fourth overall in that capacity and fifth in a Major League coaching role. He has been part of 3 World Series winners, twice as a player in 2007 with the Red Sox, 2009 with the Yankees, and once as a coach in 2016 with the Cubs. He was hitting coach for the Angels (2018) and assistant hitting coach for the Cubs (2015-17). He played parts of 12 seasons with the Blue Jays (2002-06), highlighted by 2002 American League Rookie of the Year honors, Red Sox (2006-07), Rays (2008), Pirates (2009), Yankees (2009), Braves (2010-12) and D-backs (2013). 

Butler, 32, enters his first season as D-backs bullpen catcher. He had 2 stints in the Majors Leagues with the Red Sox in 2014 and '18, appearing in 9 games. He played 10 seasons in the Minor League systems for the Red Sox (2009-14, '16-18) and Nationals (2015). He signed with the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in 2009. He is a native of Phoenix and played collegiately at the University of Arizona from 2006-09 after attending Greenway High School. 

Torgerson, 31, enters his first season as D-backs assistant athletic trainer and seventh in the organization. He previously served as the Minor League medical coordinator (2016-18) and Manual Performance coordinator (2013-15). He spent 2012 as a trainer for the Royals' Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls. He graduated in 2012 from Weber State University with a master's degree in athletic training and 2009 from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in physiology.

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D-backs add Clarke, Cron, Payamps, Takahashi & Vargas to 40-man roster

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks added RHP Taylor Clarke (@t_clarke9), 1B Kevin Cron (@kevin_cron24), RHP Joel Payamps, RHP Bo Takahashi and RHP Emilio Vargas to the 40-man roster. The D-backs' 40-man roster is at 38.

 

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks added RHP Taylor Clarke (@t_clarke9), 1B Kevin Cron (@kevin_cron24), RHP Joel Payamps, RHP Bo Takahashi and RHP Emilio Vargas to the 40-man roster. The D-backs' 40-man roster is at 38.

 

Added to the 40-man roster

  • RHP Taylor Clarke (25) - Last season at Triple-A Reno, started 27 games and went 13-8 with a 4.03 ERA (68 ER in 152.0 IP), .254 opponent average and 125 strikeouts…in his final 10 starts, went 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA (19 ER in 61.1 IP)…tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with 13 wins and also ranked in innings (3rd, 152.0) and strikeouts (6th, 125)…in 2017 at Double-A Jackson, was named a Southern League midseason All-Star…in 2016, was named a MILB.com D-backs' organization All-Star…in 4 seasons in the D-backs' system (2015-18), in 94 games (81 starts), is 37-26 with 3 saves, a 3.41 ERA (177 ER in 467.1 IP), .239 opponent average and 408 strikeouts…over parts of 2 seasons at Reno, in 33 starts, is 16-10 with a 4.17 ERA (86 ER in 185.2 IP), .249 opponent average and 156 strikeouts…was the D-backs' third-round selection in the 2015 draft out of the College of Charleston.
  • 1B Kevin Cron (25) - Last season at Triple-A Reno, in 104 games, hit .309 (121-for-392)/.368 OBP/.554 SLG with 28 doubles, 1 triple, 22 homers, 97 RBI and 36 walks…led D-backs Minor Leaguers with 97 RBI and ranked second with 22 home runs…ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in RBI (2nd, 97), SLG (5th, .554) and homers (T-10th, 22)...has been a 3-time postseason All-Star (2018 at Triple-A Reno, 2017 at Double-A Jackson, 2016 at Double-A Mobile)…in 2017 at Double-A Jackson, was the Southern League MVP and a midseason All-Star, a Baseball America Double-A All-Star and a MILB.com D-backs organization All-Star…in 2016, was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game…over 5 seasons in the D-backs' system (2014-18), has appeared in 560 games and hit .273 (587-for-2,151)/.332 OBP/.494 SLG with 135 doubles, 2 triples, 112 homers, 418 RBI and 173 walks…was the D-backs' 14th-round pick in the 2014 draft out of TCU (Texas Christian University)…attended Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix…his dad, Chris, has served as the D-backs' hitting coordinator since 2014…his brother, C.J., is an infielder/designated hitter and played 5 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2014-17) and Tampa Bay Rays (2018).
  • RHP Joel Payamps (24) - Last season at Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Reno, appeared in 31 games (15 starts) and went 9-8 with a 3.87 ERA (50 ER in 116.1 IP), .241 opponent average, 122 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP…in 25 games (10 starts) at Jackson, went 9-4 with a 2.90 ERA (29 ER in 90.0 IP), a .217 opponent average, 96 strikeouts and a 0.97 WHIP…over 7 seasons in the Rockies' (2011-14) and D-backs' systems (2016-18), has appeared in 130 games (104 starts) and is 36-37 with a 4.19 ERA (273 ER in 587.0 IP), .253 opponent average and 507 strikeouts…signed with the D-backs as a Minor League free agent on Nov. 30, 2015…originally signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2010…is a native of Santiago, Dominican Republic.
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  • RHP Bo Takahashi (21) - Last season at Single-A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Jackson, made 23 starts and went 6-6 with a 4.03 ERA (54 ER in 120.2 IP), .246 opponent average and 130 strikeouts…in 14 starts at Jackson, went 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA (38 ER in 73.0 IP) and 77 strikeouts…participated in the 2018 Arizona Fall League…in 2017 at Visalia, was named a California League midseason All-Star…over 5 seasons in the D-backs system (2014-18), has appeared in 91 games (83 starts) and is 30-27 with a 4.26 ERA (212 ER in 448.1 IP), .245 opponent average and 392 strikeouts…signed with the D-backs as a Minor League free agent on Dec. 23, 2013…is a native of Presidente Prudente, Brazil.
  • RHP Emilio Vargas (22) - Last season at Single-A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Jackson, appeared in 26 games (25 starts) and went 9-8 with a 2.88 ERA (46 ER in 143.2 IP), .229 opponent average and 170 strikeouts…was named a California League mid- and postseason All-Star for Visalia after going 8-5 with a 2.50 ERA (30 ER in 108.0 IP) in 20 games (19 starts)…averaged 11.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and ranked third in the California League in strikeouts (140)…in 2014, was named a Dominican Summer League midseason All-Star…in 6 seasons in the D-backs' system (2013-18), has appeared in 107 games (79 starts) and is 30-28 with 2 saves, a 3.40 ERA (179 ER in 473.2 IP), .237 opponent average and 472 strikeouts…signed with the D-backs as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 23, 2013…is a native of Moca, Dominican Republic.
Arizona Diamondbacks

Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta Win 2018 NL Silver Slugger® Awards™

Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt and OF David Peralta have been named 2018 Louisville Slugger® Silver Slugger Award™ recipients for the National League, as announced by Louisville Slugger. The award recognizes the players who were the best offensive producers at each position in both leagues as voted by Major League Baseball managers and coaches with selections based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the managers' and coaches' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value.
 
Goldschmidt, who also garnered the offensive honor in 2013, '15 and '17, is tied with Todd Helton and Albert Pujols (4 each) for the most Silver Slugger Awards by a first baseman since its inception in 1980. Goldschmidt ranked among NL leaders in BABIP (2nd, .359), OPS (3rd, .922), times on base (3rd, 268), game-winning RBI (T-5th, 13), on-base pct. (6th, .389), extra-base hits (6th, 73), walks (6th, 90), slugging pct. (7th, .533), runs scored (9th, 95) and go-ahead RBI (T-10th, 23).
 
The 6-time All-Star (2013-18) is the first player in team history to win the award in back-to-back seasons, and reached the 30-homer/100-RBI plateau for the fourth time (also: 2013, '15 and '17), extending his club record. Additionally, Goldschmidt was the first player in the liveball era (since 1920) to increase their average to .300 or higher in a season in which it was under .200 at some point after 200 plate appearances [source: Elias Sports Bureau].
 
Peralta won his first Silver Slugger Award and became the sixth Venezuela-born outfielder to receive the honor, joining Tony Armas (1984), Bobby Abreu (2004), Miguel Cabrera (2005), Magglio Ordóńez (2007) and Carlos González (2010, '15). Peralta ranked among NL players in average with runners in scoring position (2nd, .356), game-winning RBI (T-3rd, 14), slugging pct. (10th, .516), average (11th, .293), OPS (13th, .868), extra-base hits (T-14th, 60) and RBI (16th, 87).
 
He set career highs in plate appearances (614), hits (164), homers (30), RBI and walks (48), and was the sixth Arizona outfielder to reach the 30-homer milestone (stats at OF only) along with Steve Finley (1999-2000), Luis Gonzalez (2000-01), Reggie Sanders (2001), Chris Young (2007) and Justin Upton (2011).
 
From 2017-18, Peralta's 30-RBI increase (57-to-87) was tied for the second highest in the Majors among qualified players (min. 502 PA) with Jed Lowrie/OAK (69-to-99), while his 16-homer upsurge (14-to-30) was second to only Christian Yelich/MIA-MIL (18-to-36).
 
Goldschmidt and Peralta's awards marked the second time the D-backs boasted multiple Silver Slugger winners (also: 2011 - Upton and RHP Daniel Hudson) and first time the club had 2 position players garner the honor.

Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt and OF David Peralta have been named 2018 Louisville Slugger® Silver Slugger Award™ recipients for the National League, as announced by Louisville Slugger. The award recognizes the players who were the best offensive producers at each position in both leagues as voted by Major League Baseball managers and coaches with selections based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the managers' and coaches' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value.
 
Goldschmidt, who also garnered the offensive honor in 2013, '15 and '17, is tied with Todd Helton and Albert Pujols (4 each) for the most Silver Slugger Awards by a first baseman since its inception in 1980. Goldschmidt ranked among NL leaders in BABIP (2nd, .359), OPS (3rd, .922), times on base (3rd, 268), game-winning RBI (T-5th, 13), on-base pct. (6th, .389), extra-base hits (6th, 73), walks (6th, 90), slugging pct. (7th, .533), runs scored (9th, 95) and go-ahead RBI (T-10th, 23).
 
The 6-time All-Star (2013-18) is the first player in team history to win the award in back-to-back seasons, and reached the 30-homer/100-RBI plateau for the fourth time (also: 2013, '15 and '17), extending his club record. Additionally, Goldschmidt was the first player in the liveball era (since 1920) to increase their average to .300 or higher in a season in which it was under .200 at some point after 200 plate appearances [source: Elias Sports Bureau].
 
Peralta won his first Silver Slugger Award and became the sixth Venezuela-born outfielder to receive the honor, joining Tony Armas (1984), Bobby Abreu (2004), Miguel Cabrera (2005), Magglio Ordóńez (2007) and Carlos González (2010, '15). Peralta ranked among NL players in average with runners in scoring position (2nd, .356), game-winning RBI (T-3rd, 14), slugging pct. (10th, .516), average (11th, .293), OPS (13th, .868), extra-base hits (T-14th, 60) and RBI (16th, 87).
 
He set career highs in plate appearances (614), hits (164), homers (30), RBI and walks (48), and was the sixth Arizona outfielder to reach the 30-homer milestone (stats at OF only) along with Steve Finley (1999-2000), Luis Gonzalez (2000-01), Reggie Sanders (2001), Chris Young (2007) and Justin Upton (2011).
 
From 2017-18, Peralta's 30-RBI increase (57-to-87) was tied for the second highest in the Majors among qualified players (min. 502 PA) with Jed Lowrie/OAK (69-to-99), while his 16-homer upsurge (14-to-30) was second to only Christian Yelich/MIA-MIL (18-to-36).
 
Goldschmidt and Peralta's awards marked the second time the D-backs boasted multiple Silver Slugger winners (also: 2011 - Upton and RHP Daniel Hudson) and first time the club had 2 position players garner the honor.

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D-backs win 2018 Wilson Defensive Team of Year; Greinke named top fielding pitcher

Wilson®, The Official Ball Glove of Major League Baseball®, announced the 2018 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards tonight in a special telecast on MLB Network hosted by Robert Flores and Eric Byrnes. The Oakland Athletics' 25-year-old third baseman Matt Chapman is one of four first-time winners and the overall Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. The Angels' Andrelton Simmons continued his dominance as MLB's leading defender at shortstop, winning a fifth award over the last six seasons. The Rockies' DJ LeMahieu earned honors as baseball's best defender at second base for a third time. Meanwhile, the Arizona Diamondbacks are MLB's Defensive Team of the Year for the second time in four seasons. Here's the complete list of the 2018 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners:

POSITION | WINNER TEAM | # of WDPOY's Won
Catcher | Mike Zunino Mariners | 1st
1B | Freddie Freeman Braves | 1st
2B | DJ LeMahieu Rockies | 3rd ('13, '17, '18)
3B | Matt Chapman Athletics | 1st
SS | Andrelton Simmons Angels | 5th ('13, '14, '15, '17, '18)
LF | Alex Gordon Royals | 3rd ('14, '17, '18)
CF | Kevin Kiermaier Rays | 2nd ('16, '18)
RF | Mookie Betts Red Sox | 2nd ('16, '18)
P | Zack Greinke Diamondbacks | 2nd ('16, '18)
Player of Year | Matt Chapman Athletics | 1st
Defensive Team of the Year | Arizona Diamondbacks | 2nd ('15, '18)

Wilson®, The Official Ball Glove of Major League Baseball®, announced the 2018 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards tonight in a special telecast on MLB Network hosted by Robert Flores and Eric Byrnes. The Oakland Athletics' 25-year-old third baseman Matt Chapman is one of four first-time winners and the overall Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. The Angels' Andrelton Simmons continued his dominance as MLB's leading defender at shortstop, winning a fifth award over the last six seasons. The Rockies' DJ LeMahieu earned honors as baseball's best defender at second base for a third time. Meanwhile, the Arizona Diamondbacks are MLB's Defensive Team of the Year for the second time in four seasons. Here's the complete list of the 2018 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners:

POSITION | WINNER TEAM | # of WDPOY's Won
Catcher | Mike Zunino Mariners | 1st
1B | Freddie Freeman Braves | 1st
2B | DJ LeMahieu Rockies | 3rd ('13, '17, '18)
3B | Matt Chapman Athletics | 1st
SS | Andrelton Simmons Angels | 5th ('13, '14, '15, '17, '18)
LF | Alex Gordon Royals | 3rd ('14, '17, '18)
CF | Kevin Kiermaier Rays | 2nd ('16, '18)
RF | Mookie Betts Red Sox | 2nd ('16, '18)
P | Zack Greinke Diamondbacks | 2nd ('16, '18)
Player of Year | Matt Chapman Athletics | 1st
Defensive Team of the Year | Arizona Diamondbacks | 2nd ('15, '18)

HOW WILSON DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR ARE DETERMINED
Touted as one of the more prominent and respected Major League Baseball awards, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award is the official MLB defensive achievement award. The award recognizes the top defensive player at each position across Leagues, and since 2014 has recognized the best overall defensive team. One player is also recognized as the top Overall Defensive Player in MLB. Winners, both individual positions and the team award, are determined using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, as well as the data logged by the baseball experts working for the scouting service Inside Edge.

MLB NETWORK HAS EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
For the seventh consecutive year, MLB Network made the exclusive announcement of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards. The special telecast featured Matt Chapman's Overall Player of the Year Award and the Diamondbacks Team of the Year Award inside MLB Network's studios. Those and all Wilson Defensive award trophies bear the name of the winner, including the team award earned by the Diamondbacks. The specially designed Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards will be presented to each winner in on-field ceremonies early in the 2019 MLB season.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Nick Ahmed and Zack Greinke Win NL Gold Glove Awards®

Arizona Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed and RHP Zack Greinke have been named winners of the 2018 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, as announced by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. The award recognizes the best defensive players at their respective positions as voted by Major League Baseball managers and coaches.
 
Since 2013, Arizona has boasted 9 Gold Glove Award winners, including multiple winners in each of the last 2 seasons (also: Greinke and Paul Goldschmidt in 2017), the first time in franchise history it has had multiple winners in consecutive seasons. 
 
Ahmed, 28, won his first career Gold Glove Award and is the first shortstop in team history to earn the honor. He was tied with Andrelton Simmons/LAA for the Major League lead at the position with a career-high 21 defensive runs saved, and was tied with Simmons for second overall behind only Oakland A's third baseman Matt Chapman (29). It was also the third-best defensive season in club history in terms of defensive runs saved, trailing only right fielder Gerardo Parra in 2013 (32) and second baseman Craig Counsell in 2005 (30). 
 
Ahmed's .985 fielding percentage (9 E in 606 TC) ranked second among NL shortstops behind Freddy Galvis/SD (.986), and he was 1 of 5 NL shortstops since 2010 to commit 9 or fewer errors in 600 or more chances, joining Troy Tulowitzki/COL in 2011, Simmons/ATL in 2015, Jordy Mercer/PIT in 2016 and Galvis/PHI-SD from 2016-18. 
 
Greinke, 35, won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award, becoming the third NL pitcher to garner the honor 5 years in a row since the award's inception in 1959, joining Bob Gibson (1965-73) and Greg Maddux (1990-2002, '04-08). Overall, his 5 Gold Gloves are tied for seventh most in Major League history by a pitcher, joining Ron Guidry, Phil Niekro and Kenny Rogers. Greinke is 1 of 5 pitchers in history with 5+ Gold Gloves and All-Star selections, along with Maddux, Niekro, Gibson and Mike Mussina. Greinke has also has won the award in each of his 3 seasons with the D-backs, equaling Goldschmidt (2013, '15, '17) for the most in franchise history. 
 
Greinke, who posted a 1.000 fielding percentage with a Major League-most 57 total chances, was tied for the Major League-lead by a pitcher with 7 defensive runs saved, joining Julio Teheran/ATL and Masahiro Tanaka/NYY. His 57 total chances without an error were the most by a NL pitcher since Adam Wainwright/STL in 2013 (61). Greinke has an active errorless streak of 84 starts (525.0 IP) dating back to May 12, 2016, the fourth longest active streak in the NL, trailing Jon Lester (103), Madison Bumgarner (98) and Patrick Corbin (86).  
 
Ahmed and Greinke will have an opportunity for further recognition with the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award fan vote, which allows fans across the country to vote for the best defender in each league. Voting will end on rawlings.com on Thursday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. Fans can only select 1 player among the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners to take home the "best of the best" honor.

Arizona Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed and RHP Zack Greinke have been named winners of the 2018 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, as announced by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. The award recognizes the best defensive players at their respective positions as voted by Major League Baseball managers and coaches.
 
Since 2013, Arizona has boasted 9 Gold Glove Award winners, including multiple winners in each of the last 2 seasons (also: Greinke and Paul Goldschmidt in 2017), the first time in franchise history it has had multiple winners in consecutive seasons. 
 
Ahmed, 28, won his first career Gold Glove Award and is the first shortstop in team history to earn the honor. He was tied with Andrelton Simmons/LAA for the Major League lead at the position with a career-high 21 defensive runs saved, and was tied with Simmons for second overall behind only Oakland A's third baseman Matt Chapman (29). It was also the third-best defensive season in club history in terms of defensive runs saved, trailing only right fielder Gerardo Parra in 2013 (32) and second baseman Craig Counsell in 2005 (30). 
 
Ahmed's .985 fielding percentage (9 E in 606 TC) ranked second among NL shortstops behind Freddy Galvis/SD (.986), and he was 1 of 5 NL shortstops since 2010 to commit 9 or fewer errors in 600 or more chances, joining Troy Tulowitzki/COL in 2011, Simmons/ATL in 2015, Jordy Mercer/PIT in 2016 and Galvis/PHI-SD from 2016-18. 
 
Greinke, 35, won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award, becoming the third NL pitcher to garner the honor 5 years in a row since the award's inception in 1959, joining Bob Gibson (1965-73) and Greg Maddux (1990-2002, '04-08). Overall, his 5 Gold Gloves are tied for seventh most in Major League history by a pitcher, joining Ron Guidry, Phil Niekro and Kenny Rogers. Greinke is 1 of 5 pitchers in history with 5+ Gold Gloves and All-Star selections, along with Maddux, Niekro, Gibson and Mike Mussina. Greinke has also has won the award in each of his 3 seasons with the D-backs, equaling Goldschmidt (2013, '15, '17) for the most in franchise history. 
 
Greinke, who posted a 1.000 fielding percentage with a Major League-most 57 total chances, was tied for the Major League-lead by a pitcher with 7 defensive runs saved, joining Julio Teheran/ATL and Masahiro Tanaka/NYY. His 57 total chances without an error were the most by a NL pitcher since Adam Wainwright/STL in 2013 (61). Greinke has an active errorless streak of 84 starts (525.0 IP) dating back to May 12, 2016, the fourth longest active streak in the NL, trailing Jon Lester (103), Madison Bumgarner (98) and Patrick Corbin (86).  
 
Ahmed and Greinke will have an opportunity for further recognition with the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award fan vote, which allows fans across the country to vote for the best defender in each league. Voting will end on rawlings.com on Thursday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. Fans can only select 1 player among the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners to take home the "best of the best" honor.

Arizona Diamondbacks

D-backs name Darnell Coles as hitting coach

Tim Laker returns as assistant hitting coach

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Darnell Coles as hitting coach. Additionally, Tim Laker will return to the club as the assistant hitting coach.

Coles, 56, joins the D-backs after spending the previous 4 seasons (2015-18) as hitting coach with the Milwaukee Brewers. Last season, the Brewers featured 2 players in the top 5 in the National League in each Triple Crown category (average/home runs/RBI) [Christian Yelich .326 AVG/36 HR/110 RBI, Jesús Aguilar 35 HR/108 RBI, Lorenzo Cain .308 AVG], making them 1 of 2 teams in the last 35 years to accomplish that feat, joining the 1992 San Diego Padres [source: Elias Sports Bureau]. They were also the only team in the Majors to boast 3 30-homer players in each of the last 2 seasons (2017: Travis Shaw/Eric Thames/Domingo Santana; 2018: Yelich/Aguilar/Shaw), and the first to do so in back-to-back seasons since the 2008-09 Philadelphia Phillies. Overall, Milwaukee posted 2 of its top 3 single-season home run totals in franchise history in the last 2 seasons under Coles' guidance (2nd in 2017, 224; 3rd in 2018, 218).

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Darnell Coles as hitting coach. Additionally, Tim Laker will return to the club as the assistant hitting coach.

Coles, 56, joins the D-backs after spending the previous 4 seasons (2015-18) as hitting coach with the Milwaukee Brewers. Last season, the Brewers featured 2 players in the top 5 in the National League in each Triple Crown category (average/home runs/RBI) [Christian Yelich .326 AVG/36 HR/110 RBI, Jesús Aguilar 35 HR/108 RBI, Lorenzo Cain .308 AVG], making them 1 of 2 teams in the last 35 years to accomplish that feat, joining the 1992 San Diego Padres [source: Elias Sports Bureau]. They were also the only team in the Majors to boast 3 30-homer players in each of the last 2 seasons (2017: Travis Shaw/Eric Thames/Domingo Santana; 2018: Yelich/Aguilar/Shaw), and the first to do so in back-to-back seasons since the 2008-09 Philadelphia Phillies. Overall, Milwaukee posted 2 of its top 3 single-season home run totals in franchise history in the last 2 seasons under Coles' guidance (2nd in 2017, 224; 3rd in 2018, 218).

"We're excited to add a person of Darnell Coles' caliber to our Major League coaching staff," said Lovullo. "He is an exceptional communicator that values building relationships. As a teacher, his dynamic approach has proven to help players develop."

Last season for the NL Central Division Champions, Coles helped guide Yelich to the first batting title in franchise history (.326), as well as leading the league in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (1.000) and total bases (343). Yelich, who was a first-time All-Star in 2018, also ranked in the top 5 in runs (2nd, 118), hits (2nd, 187), RBI (T-2nd, 110), on-base percentage (3rd, .402), home runs (T-3rd, 36) and extra-base hits (5th, 77). Aguilar also made his first NL All-Star Team and ranked among the league leaders in RBI (T-4th, 108), slugging percentage (5th, .539), home runs (T-5th, 35) and OPS (9th, .890). Cain was selected to his second career All-Star Game (also: 2015) and ranked among the NL leaders in on-base percentage (4th, .395) and average (5th, .308), career highs in both categories.

Prior to working with the Brewers, Coles got his first Major League coaching experience as the assistant hitting coach with the Detroit Tigers in 2014. At the Minor League level, he served as the Brewers' hitting coordinator (2010-11) and manager for Double-A Huntsville (2012-13). Coles also spent 4 years in the Washington Nationals' organization (2006-09), serving as Minor League roving hitting instructor (2006), manager for Short-Season A Vermont (2007) and Single-A Hagerstown (2008) and hitting coach for Triple-A Syracuse (2009). He began his coaching career as the Minor League hitting coordinator for the Seattle Mariners in 2000 before working for ESPN as a baseball analyst from 2001-06.

Coles played in 957 games over 14 Major League seasons with the Mariners (1983-85, '88-90), Detroit Tigers (1986-87, '90), Pittsburgh Pirates (1987-88), San Francisco Giants (1991), Cincinnati Reds (1992), Toronto Blue Jays (1993-94), St. Louis Cardinals (1995) and Colorado Rockies (1997).

Laker, 48, will enter his third season as the D-backs' assistant hitting coach and his 13th overall as a coach/manager. He spent 2016 as the hitting coach the in the Cleveland Indians' organization with Double-A Akron and 5 seasons in the Chicago White Sox' system (2011-15) as a Minor League hitting instructor (2015), hitting coordinator (2012-14) and Triple-A Charlotte hitting coach (2011). He was the manager of Double-A West Tennessee (Mariners) in 2010 after beginning his career in Cleveland's system (2007-09) as the catching coordinator (2008-09) and manager of Short-Season A Mahoning Valley (2007). Laker played parts of 11 seasons in the Majors with the Montreal Expos (1992-95), Baltimore Orioles (1997), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998, 2005), Pirates (1998-99) and Indians (2001-06).

Arizona Diamondbacks

D-backs claim Artie Lewicki off waivers from Tigers

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed RHP Artie Lewicki (@theartist34) off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Lewicki (pronounced: loo-wick-ee) is on the 60-day disabled list following Tommy John surgery on August 31.

Lewicki, 26, was 0-2 with a 4.89 ERA (21 ER in 38.2 IP), 14 walks and 30 strikeouts in 13 games (3 starts) with the Tigers in 2018. He also made 12 starts with Triple-A Toledo and went 5-6 with a 4.67 ERA (32 ER in 61.2 IP), 16 walks and 55 strikeouts.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed RHP Artie Lewicki (@theartist34) off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Lewicki (pronounced: loo-wick-ee) is on the 60-day disabled list following Tommy John surgery on August 31.

Lewicki, 26, was 0-2 with a 4.89 ERA (21 ER in 38.2 IP), 14 walks and 30 strikeouts in 13 games (3 starts) with the Tigers in 2018. He also made 12 starts with Triple-A Toledo and went 5-6 with a 4.67 ERA (32 ER in 61.2 IP), 16 walks and 55 strikeouts.

In 2017, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder tied for seventh among all Minor League pitchers in wins, going 14-4 with a 3.38 ERA (53 ER in 141.0 IP), 31 walks and 123 strikeouts in 25 starts. Lewicki also appeared in 4 games (1 start) with Detroit and was 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA (7 ER in 10.1 IP), 4 walks and 6 strikeouts.

Lewicki has gone 27-24 with 2 saves, a 3.54 ERA (157 ER in 398.2 IP), 101 walks and 358 strikeouts in 81 games (68 starts) over 5 Minor League seasons in the Tigers' organization (2014-18). He was selected by Detroit in the eighth round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Virginia.

The D-backs' 40-man roster remains at 39.

Arizona Diamondbacks

D-backs agree to terms with Eduardo Escobar on a 3-year contract

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with INF Eduardo Escobar (@escobarmaracay) on a 3-year contract through the 2021 season.
  
Escobar, 29, established career highs in home runs (23), doubles (48), walks (52), runs scored (75), RBI (84), games (151), hits (154), total bases (277) and at-bats (566) while hitting .272 in 151 combined games with the D-backs and Minnesota Twins in 2018. He led all switch-hitters in doubles, ranked third in average and slugging pct. (.489), fourth in OPS (.824), fifth in RBI and hits and tied for eighth in home runs. Overall, his 48 doubles ranked second in the Majors behind Alex Bregman/HOU (51) and were tied for ninth most all-time in a season by a switch hitter.
 
Escobar, who was acquired from the Twins on July 27 RHP Jhoan Durán, OF Ernie De La Trinidad and OF Gabriel Maciel, appeared in 131 games at third base (124 starts), 21 games at shortstop (20 starts) and 1 at second (1 start). He led all third basemen with a .983 fielding pct. (5 E in 299 TC), the best fielding mark at that position since Placido Polanco/MIA in 2013 (.990).
 
Since 2014, Escobar ranks among the Major League switch-hitting leaders in doubles (6th, 144) and extra-base hits (7th, 228). He has recorded 30 or more doubles 3 times in the last 5 seasons, 1 of 6 Major League switch-hitters to accomplish that feat, joining Melky Cabrera (4), Asdrúbal Cabrera (4), José Ramírez (3), Francisco Lindor (3) and Ben Zobrist (3). Escobar was named the Twins' 2018 nominee for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's Heart and Hustle Award, and was 1 of 6 finalists for the 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given annually to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
 
Escobar is a career .257 (648-for-2520)/.308 OBP/.417 SLG hitter with 153 doubles, 19 triples, 71 home runs, 308 RBI, 180 walks and 310 runs scored in 770 games over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2011-12), Twins (2012-18) and D-backs (2018). He has made an appearance at every defensive position except first base, including 328 at shortstop, 311 at third base, 59 at second base, 43 in left field and 1 in right field, center field, catcher and pitcher. He was originally signed by the White Sox as a non-drafted free agent on January 28, 2006 and was traded to Minnesota on July 28, 2012 for LHP Francisco Liriano.

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with INF Eduardo Escobar (@escobarmaracay) on a 3-year contract through the 2021 season.
  
Escobar, 29, established career highs in home runs (23), doubles (48), walks (52), runs scored (75), RBI (84), games (151), hits (154), total bases (277) and at-bats (566) while hitting .272 in 151 combined games with the D-backs and Minnesota Twins in 2018. He led all switch-hitters in doubles, ranked third in average and slugging pct. (.489), fourth in OPS (.824), fifth in RBI and hits and tied for eighth in home runs. Overall, his 48 doubles ranked second in the Majors behind Alex Bregman/HOU (51) and were tied for ninth most all-time in a season by a switch hitter.
 
Escobar, who was acquired from the Twins on July 27 RHP Jhoan Durán, OF Ernie De La Trinidad and OF Gabriel Maciel, appeared in 131 games at third base (124 starts), 21 games at shortstop (20 starts) and 1 at second (1 start). He led all third basemen with a .983 fielding pct. (5 E in 299 TC), the best fielding mark at that position since Placido Polanco/MIA in 2013 (.990).
 
Since 2014, Escobar ranks among the Major League switch-hitting leaders in doubles (6th, 144) and extra-base hits (7th, 228). He has recorded 30 or more doubles 3 times in the last 5 seasons, 1 of 6 Major League switch-hitters to accomplish that feat, joining Melky Cabrera (4), Asdrúbal Cabrera (4), José Ramírez (3), Francisco Lindor (3) and Ben Zobrist (3). Escobar was named the Twins' 2018 nominee for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's Heart and Hustle Award, and was 1 of 6 finalists for the 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given annually to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
 
Escobar is a career .257 (648-for-2520)/.308 OBP/.417 SLG hitter with 153 doubles, 19 triples, 71 home runs, 308 RBI, 180 walks and 310 runs scored in 770 games over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2011-12), Twins (2012-18) and D-backs (2018). He has made an appearance at every defensive position except first base, including 328 at shortstop, 311 at third base, 59 at second base, 43 in left field and 1 in right field, center field, catcher and pitcher. He was originally signed by the White Sox as a non-drafted free agent on January 28, 2006 and was traded to Minnesota on July 28, 2012 for LHP Francisco Liriano.

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D-backs to utilize synthetic grass at Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks will install state-of-the-art synthetic grass at Chase Field in partnership with Shaw Sports Turf. The high-performance B1K™ surface is designed specifically for baseball and is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2019. 
 
"Our Baseball Operations staff has completed extensive research, including site visits and player testing and we are all in agreement that this is the best decision for our franchise," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "Research has shown the performance and health benefits associated with playing on this surface that did not previously exist, which factored heavily into our decision. Additionally, our ability to keep the roof closed during the summer months will allow Chase Field to remain at a perfect temperature for our fans, which has become increasingly difficult over the last several years.
 
"The challenges with growing natural grass in our climate and stadium have been well documented and we have considered alternate solutions for many years. We decided to make this change because the technology developed by Shaw is the best in existence and will provide a consistent playing surface and benefits to our players on the field while enhancing our fan experience throughout the ballpark." 
 
The "Batting a Thousand" Natural Turf (B1K) is a dual fiber system comprised of Shaw' high-performance Strenexe® XD slit film and Shaw's Bolt® monofilament. This system provides high durability and functionality by preventing the infill from "splashing," maintaining adequate infill levels across the field. The Bolt fiber provides excellent ball roll, friction and natural grass aesthetics, ensuring that the playing surface at Chase Field will appear nearly identical to that which has been in place since the stadium opened in 1998, including the dirt path between the mound and home plate.
 
"The Arizona Diamondbacks are known as an innovative franchise in their approach to so many areas of their business and we're very excited for the opportunity to work with them on this project," said Vice President of Shaw Turf Chuck McClurg. "Throughout our discussion, they have prioritized player safety as their top goal and we are confident that the product we deliver will be an exceptionally consistent, top-of-the-line playing surface that will mimic the best natural playing surfaces in Major League Baseball today." 
 
The Geofill® Performance Infill within the blades forms a firm surface similar to natural soil with lower energy rebound levels identical to high-performance natural grass. The result is a more natural playing posture and motion from the players, creating less fatigue as their bodies will not have to overcompensate for the "bounciness" of the surface. The B1K surface also creates natural baseball bounce, allowing players to charge the ball confidently while fielding.
 
The D-backs' commitment to sustainability also played a role in the change, as the Geofill infill is made from natural materials that are environmentally friendly. In addition to conserving cooling energy by keeping the roof closed during the daytime, the transition to a synthetic playing surface is expected to provide 90% savings -- nearly two million gallons -- in water consumption each season by requiring less water to maintain the system. 
 
With improved technology over the last several years, synthetic grass surfaces have become commonplace throughout collegiate and professional sports, with 14 of the 32 NFL teams using synthetic grass, including the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals as well as numerous college football and baseball powerhouses. Notable collegiate programs include Louisiana State University, Brigham Young University, Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri, Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, among others. 
 
Shaw Sports Turf will partner with Arizona-based Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering as well as Fields Inc., an industry leader in synthetic field construction to deliver the playing field in time for the 2019 season. Various fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will also be outfitted with the Shaw Sports Turf synthetic grass this offseason in order to allow players at all levels of the organization to utilize the new playing surface. 
 
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 3,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. STRENEXE, BOLT, BATTING A THOUSAND and B1K are trademarks of Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc.
 
Geofill is a registered trademark of Italgreen SPA.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will install state-of-the-art synthetic grass at Chase Field in partnership with Shaw Sports Turf. The high-performance B1K™ surface is designed specifically for baseball and is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2019. 
 
"Our Baseball Operations staff has completed extensive research, including site visits and player testing and we are all in agreement that this is the best decision for our franchise," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "Research has shown the performance and health benefits associated with playing on this surface that did not previously exist, which factored heavily into our decision. Additionally, our ability to keep the roof closed during the summer months will allow Chase Field to remain at a perfect temperature for our fans, which has become increasingly difficult over the last several years.
 
"The challenges with growing natural grass in our climate and stadium have been well documented and we have considered alternate solutions for many years. We decided to make this change because the technology developed by Shaw is the best in existence and will provide a consistent playing surface and benefits to our players on the field while enhancing our fan experience throughout the ballpark." 
 
The "Batting a Thousand" Natural Turf (B1K) is a dual fiber system comprised of Shaw' high-performance Strenexe® XD slit film and Shaw's Bolt® monofilament. This system provides high durability and functionality by preventing the infill from "splashing," maintaining adequate infill levels across the field. The Bolt fiber provides excellent ball roll, friction and natural grass aesthetics, ensuring that the playing surface at Chase Field will appear nearly identical to that which has been in place since the stadium opened in 1998, including the dirt path between the mound and home plate.
 
"The Arizona Diamondbacks are known as an innovative franchise in their approach to so many areas of their business and we're very excited for the opportunity to work with them on this project," said Vice President of Shaw Turf Chuck McClurg. "Throughout our discussion, they have prioritized player safety as their top goal and we are confident that the product we deliver will be an exceptionally consistent, top-of-the-line playing surface that will mimic the best natural playing surfaces in Major League Baseball today." 
 
The Geofill® Performance Infill within the blades forms a firm surface similar to natural soil with lower energy rebound levels identical to high-performance natural grass. The result is a more natural playing posture and motion from the players, creating less fatigue as their bodies will not have to overcompensate for the "bounciness" of the surface. The B1K surface also creates natural baseball bounce, allowing players to charge the ball confidently while fielding.
 
The D-backs' commitment to sustainability also played a role in the change, as the Geofill infill is made from natural materials that are environmentally friendly. In addition to conserving cooling energy by keeping the roof closed during the daytime, the transition to a synthetic playing surface is expected to provide 90% savings -- nearly two million gallons -- in water consumption each season by requiring less water to maintain the system. 
 
With improved technology over the last several years, synthetic grass surfaces have become commonplace throughout collegiate and professional sports, with 14 of the 32 NFL teams using synthetic grass, including the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals as well as numerous college football and baseball powerhouses. Notable collegiate programs include Louisiana State University, Brigham Young University, Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri, Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, among others. 
 
Shaw Sports Turf will partner with Arizona-based Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering as well as Fields Inc., an industry leader in synthetic field construction to deliver the playing field in time for the 2019 season. Various fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will also be outfitted with the Shaw Sports Turf synthetic grass this offseason in order to allow players at all levels of the organization to utilize the new playing surface. 
 
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 3,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. STRENEXE, BOLT, BATTING A THOUSAND and B1K are trademarks of Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc.
 
Geofill is a registered trademark of Italgreen SPA.

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