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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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D-backs coaching staff announcement

Hitting coach Dave Magadan will not return for 2019 season

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the following members of Torey Lovullo's coaching staff will return for the 2019 season: Mike Butcher (pitching coach), Mike Fetters (bullpen), Robby Hammock (quality control & catching), Dave McKay (first base), Jerry Narron (bench), Tony Perezchica (third base) and Luis Urueta (coach).
 
The D-backs have mutually parted ways with Hitting Coach Dave Magadan. The organization will open a search for a hitting coach, which will include Tim Laker, D-backs assistant hitting coach.

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the following members of Torey Lovullo's coaching staff will return for the 2019 season: Mike Butcher (pitching coach), Mike Fetters (bullpen), Robby Hammock (quality control & catching), Dave McKay (first base), Jerry Narron (bench), Tony Perezchica (third base) and Luis Urueta (coach).
 
The D-backs have mutually parted ways with Hitting Coach Dave Magadan. The organization will open a search for a hitting coach, which will include Tim Laker, D-backs assistant hitting coach.

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D-backs reinstate Shelby Miller from the 60-day disabled list, place Christian Walker on the 60-day disabled list

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated RHP Shelby Miller (@ShelbyMiller19) from the 60-day disabled list (right elbow inflammation) and placed INF/OF Christian Walker on the 60-day disabled list (facial fracture). The D-backs now have 36 players on their active roster and the 40-man remains at 40.
 
Miller, 27, was placed on the disabled list on July 12. He returned from Tommy John surgery on June 25 @ Miami Marlins, his first Major League outing since April 23, 2017 vs. Dodgers, and made 4 starts (0-4, 11.40 ERA). He made 4 rehabilitation starts between Single-A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Jackson from May 29-June 10, going 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA (10 ER in 19.1 IP), 28 strikeouts and 6 walks.
 
The 2015 National League All-Star has played in 130 career games (124 starts) over parts of 7 Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2012-14), Atlanta Braves ('15) and D-backs (2016-present), going 37-53 with a 3.84 ERA (304 ER in 713.1 IP), .249 opponent average and 592 strikeouts. 
 
Walker, 27, suffered a facial fracture on September 24 when he was hit by a pitch by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Kenta Maeda in the eighth inning. In 37 games for the D-backs this season, he hit .163 (8-for-49) with 2 doubles, 3 homers, 6 RBI and 3 walks. In 84 games at Triple-A Reno, he hit .299 with 25 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs, 71 RBI and 26 walks.

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated RHP Shelby Miller (@ShelbyMiller19) from the 60-day disabled list (right elbow inflammation) and placed INF/OF Christian Walker on the 60-day disabled list (facial fracture). The D-backs now have 36 players on their active roster and the 40-man remains at 40.
 
Miller, 27, was placed on the disabled list on July 12. He returned from Tommy John surgery on June 25 @ Miami Marlins, his first Major League outing since April 23, 2017 vs. Dodgers, and made 4 starts (0-4, 11.40 ERA). He made 4 rehabilitation starts between Single-A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Jackson from May 29-June 10, going 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA (10 ER in 19.1 IP), 28 strikeouts and 6 walks.
 
The 2015 National League All-Star has played in 130 career games (124 starts) over parts of 7 Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2012-14), Atlanta Braves ('15) and D-backs (2016-present), going 37-53 with a 3.84 ERA (304 ER in 713.1 IP), .249 opponent average and 592 strikeouts. 
 
Walker, 27, suffered a facial fracture on September 24 when he was hit by a pitch by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Kenta Maeda in the eighth inning. In 37 games for the D-backs this season, he hit .163 (8-for-49) with 2 doubles, 3 homers, 6 RBI and 3 walks. In 84 games at Triple-A Reno, he hit .299 with 25 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs, 71 RBI and 26 walks.

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Paul Goldschmidt wins fourth annual Luis Gonzalez Award

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks @LosDbacks) announced that Paul Goldschmidt was named the winner of the 2018 Luis Gonzalez Award, which is given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates, coaches and staff members.
 
Goldschmidt will be presented the award by Gonzalez during a ceremony prior to tomorrow's game.
 
"Paul Goldschmidt is an MVP both on the field and off," said Gonzalez, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO. "While his talents as a player often go unnoticed by the national media, so does his approach to giving back and that is by design. He never wants the recognition or the attention but he is a true leader for our team and the community."
 
Goldschmidt, like Gonzalez, has become a perennial MVP candidate and this season ranks among NL leaders in OPS (2nd, .937), on-base percentage (4th, .393), slugging percentage (5th, .543) and home runs (T-5th, 33). He ranks second all-time in franchise history with 1,088 games, 708 runs, 1,179 hits, 267 doubles, 209 home runs and 710 RBI, trailing only Gonzalez in each category. Goldschmidt was named to a franchise-record sixth All-Star Team in 2018, one more than Gonzalez and Randy Johnson (5 each).
 
Off the field, Goldschmidt has established himself as one of the city's most charitable athletes and was recently named the D-backs nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for the fifth consecutive season. Since his Major League debut in 2011, Paul and his wife Amy have supported Phoenix Children's Hospital in numerous ways, including serving as registered volunteers, launching Goldy's Fund 4 Kids in 2014 - a charitable fund that supports projects at PCH and chairing the first-ever Champs for Children event, which raised money for the hospital and celebrated the patients who embody the spirit of a champion. This past offseason, Paul and Amy hosted the second annual Goldy's Bowling Bash to raise money for PCH and the event was well-attended by professional athletes and local celebrities. The Goldschmidts were also named honorary chairs for the Hope Lives Here capital campaign to raise funds for the building of the new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at PCH and in addition to their personal $1-million gift, Paul and Amy have raised more than $1 million dollars. 
 
In addition to his work with Phoenix Children's Hospital, Paul has chaired events and organizations including Chrysalis, a non-profit domestic violence shelter, and assisted Soldier's Best Friend, a local non-profit that pairs veterans with adopted animals and then certifies them as a service animal. After graduating from University of Phoenix in 2013, Goldschmidt provides full-tuition scholarships for students wanting to continue their education at University of Phoenix. Paul and Amy personally select the finalists to receive the award and present the scholarships at a D-backs game.
 
One of the most popular figures in Arizona Diamondbacks history because of the way he interacted with fans and his game-winning single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series to give the organization its first world championship, Gonzalez became the first former player to have his number retired by the D-backs during a pregame ceremony in 2010. 
 
LUIS GONZALEZ AWARD WINNERS
 
YEAR | NAME
2015 | Paul Goldschmidt
2016 | Chris Owings
2017 | Paul Goldschmidt
2018 | Paul Goldschmidt

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks @LosDbacks) announced that Paul Goldschmidt was named the winner of the 2018 Luis Gonzalez Award, which is given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates, coaches and staff members.
 
Goldschmidt will be presented the award by Gonzalez during a ceremony prior to tomorrow's game.
 
"Paul Goldschmidt is an MVP both on the field and off," said Gonzalez, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO. "While his talents as a player often go unnoticed by the national media, so does his approach to giving back and that is by design. He never wants the recognition or the attention but he is a true leader for our team and the community."
 
Goldschmidt, like Gonzalez, has become a perennial MVP candidate and this season ranks among NL leaders in OPS (2nd, .937), on-base percentage (4th, .393), slugging percentage (5th, .543) and home runs (T-5th, 33). He ranks second all-time in franchise history with 1,088 games, 708 runs, 1,179 hits, 267 doubles, 209 home runs and 710 RBI, trailing only Gonzalez in each category. Goldschmidt was named to a franchise-record sixth All-Star Team in 2018, one more than Gonzalez and Randy Johnson (5 each).
 
Off the field, Goldschmidt has established himself as one of the city's most charitable athletes and was recently named the D-backs nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for the fifth consecutive season. Since his Major League debut in 2011, Paul and his wife Amy have supported Phoenix Children's Hospital in numerous ways, including serving as registered volunteers, launching Goldy's Fund 4 Kids in 2014 - a charitable fund that supports projects at PCH and chairing the first-ever Champs for Children event, which raised money for the hospital and celebrated the patients who embody the spirit of a champion. This past offseason, Paul and Amy hosted the second annual Goldy's Bowling Bash to raise money for PCH and the event was well-attended by professional athletes and local celebrities. The Goldschmidts were also named honorary chairs for the Hope Lives Here capital campaign to raise funds for the building of the new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at PCH and in addition to their personal $1-million gift, Paul and Amy have raised more than $1 million dollars. 
 
In addition to his work with Phoenix Children's Hospital, Paul has chaired events and organizations including Chrysalis, a non-profit domestic violence shelter, and assisted Soldier's Best Friend, a local non-profit that pairs veterans with adopted animals and then certifies them as a service animal. After graduating from University of Phoenix in 2013, Goldschmidt provides full-tuition scholarships for students wanting to continue their education at University of Phoenix. Paul and Amy personally select the finalists to receive the award and present the scholarships at a D-backs game.
 
One of the most popular figures in Arizona Diamondbacks history because of the way he interacted with fans and his game-winning single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series to give the organization its first world championship, Gonzalez became the first former player to have his number retired by the D-backs during a pregame ceremony in 2010. 
 
LUIS GONZALEZ AWARD WINNERS
 
YEAR | NAME
2015 | Paul Goldschmidt
2016 | Chris Owings
2017 | Paul Goldschmidt
2018 | Paul Goldschmidt

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D-backs name Jazz Chisholm & Taylor Widener organizational player and pitcher of the year

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named INF Jazz Chisholm (@j_chisholm3) and RHP Taylor Widener the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Chisholm, 20, hit .272 (124-for-456)/.329 OBP/.513 SLG with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 25 home runs, 70 RBI, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games between Single-A Kane County and Single-A Advanced Visalia. A Midwest League midseason All-Star, Chisholm led all D-backs farmhands in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (3rd), triples (T-5th), RBI (7th), slugging pct. (8th) and walks (T-9th).

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named INF Jazz Chisholm (@j_chisholm3) and RHP Taylor Widener the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Chisholm, 20, hit .272 (124-for-456)/.329 OBP/.513 SLG with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 25 home runs, 70 RBI, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games between Single-A Kane County and Single-A Advanced Visalia. A Midwest League midseason All-Star, Chisholm led all D-backs farmhands in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (3rd), triples (T-5th), RBI (7th), slugging pct. (8th) and walks (T-9th).

A native of Nassau, Bahamas, the left-handed hitting infielder joins Jack Cust (20) in 1999 and Justin Upton (20) in 2007 as the youngest players in organization history to receive Player of the Year honors. Chisholm is also the first player to win the award from the Single-A ranks since Paul Goldschmidt did so in 2010. Chisholm is rated by MLB.com as the No. 2 prospect in the D-backs' organization, and is ranked third by Baseball America, as well as possessing the Best Infield Arm.

Widener, 23, was named Baseball America's Double-A Pitcher of the Year, going 5-8 with a 2.75 ERA (42 ER in 137.1 IP), .197 opponent average, 176 strikeouts and 43 walks in 26 games (25 starts) for the Southern League Champion Jackson Generals. He led the SL in strikeouts and WHIP (1.03) and ranked among the leaders in ERA (2nd), starts (6th) and innings pitched (6th), and led all D-backs Minor League pitchers in ERA and strikeouts.

Widener, who was a SL midseason All-Star in 2018, was acquired from the New York Yankees on February 20 in the trade that sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees and sent Steven Souza Jr. to the D-backs. He is the third pitcher in team history to earn Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors in his first season with the organization, joining Vladimir Nuñez in 1996 and Mike Gosling in 2002. He is rated by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in the D-backs' organization, and No. 4 by Baseball America.

 

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS ORGANIZATIONAL PLAYER AND PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Year

Player

Club

 

Year

Pitcher

Club

1996

Kevin Sweeney

Lethbridge

 

1996

Vladimir Nunez

Lethbridge

1997

Travis Lee

High Desert

 

1997

Brad Penny

South Bend

 

Mike Stoner

High Desert

 

1998

Brad Penny

High Desert

1998

Jason Conti

Tulsa

 

1999

Andrew Good

South Bend

1999

Jack Cust

High Desert

 

2000

Bret Prinz

South Bend/El Paso

2000

Alex Cabrera

El Paso/Tucson

 

2001

Beltran Perez

South Bend

2001

Lyle Overbay

El Paso

 

2002

Mike Gosling

El Paso

2002

Scott Hairston

South Bend/Lancaster

 

2003

Brian Bruney

El Paso/Tucson

2003

Chad Tracy

Tucson

 

2004

Enrique Gonzalez

Lancaster

2004

Carlos Quentin

Lancaster/El Paso

 

2005

Dustin Nippert

Tennessee

2005

Andy Green

Tucson

 

2006

Micah Owings

Tennessee/Tucson

2006

Alberto Callaspo

Tucson

 

2007

Esmerling Vasquez

Mobile

2007

Justin Upton

Visalia/Mobile

 

2008

Cesar Valdez

Visalia/Mobile

2008

Josh Whitesell

Tucson

 

2009

Billy Buckner

Reno

2009

Ryan Wheeler

Yakima/South Bend

 

2010

Wade Miley

Mobile

2010

Paul Goldschmidt

Visalia

 

2011

Tyler Skaggs

Visalia/Mobile

2011

Paul Goldschmidt

Mobile

 

2012

Trevor Bauer

Mobile/Reno

2012

Adam Eaton

Mobile/Reno

 

2013

Archie Bradley

Visalia/Mobile

2013

Chris Owings

Reno

 

2014

Aaron Blair

South Bend/Visalia/Mobile

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Jake Lamb

Sócrates Brito

Mitch Haniger

Kevin Cron

Jazz Chisholm

Mobile/Reno

Mobile

Mobile/Reno

Jackson

Kane County/Visalia

 

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

Aaron Blair

Anthony Banda

Jon Duplantier

Taylor Widener

Mobile/Reno

Mobile/Reno

Kane County/Visalia

Jackson

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D-backs recall Jake Barrett from Triple-A Reno

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled RHP Jake Barrett from Triple-A Reno. The D-backs now have 36 players on their active roster and the 40-man remains at 40.
 
Barrett, 27, has appeared in 5 games in 3 stints with the D-backs this season, posting a 5.06 ERA (3 ER in 5.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .189 average (7-for-37) with 7 strikeouts in his last 16 outings since August 27, 2017. 
 
Barrett was 4-0 with 8 saves and a 2.87 ERA (17 ER in 53.1 IP), 67 strikeouts and a .195 opponent average in 42 games with the Aces this season. He averaged 11.31 strikeouts-per-9.0 innings, and held left-handers to a .149 average with 37 strikeouts.
 
Barrett, in 101 career games with Arizona, is 2-3 with 4 saves, a 4.03 ERA (41 ER in 91.2 IP), 10 holds, 87 strikeouts and a .237 opponent average.

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled RHP Jake Barrett from Triple-A Reno. The D-backs now have 36 players on their active roster and the 40-man remains at 40.
 
Barrett, 27, has appeared in 5 games in 3 stints with the D-backs this season, posting a 5.06 ERA (3 ER in 5.1 IP) with 5 strikeouts. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .189 average (7-for-37) with 7 strikeouts in his last 16 outings since August 27, 2017. 
 
Barrett was 4-0 with 8 saves and a 2.87 ERA (17 ER in 53.1 IP), 67 strikeouts and a .195 opponent average in 42 games with the Aces this season. He averaged 11.31 strikeouts-per-9.0 innings, and held left-handers to a .149 average with 37 strikeouts.
 
Barrett, in 101 career games with Arizona, is 2-3 with 4 saves, a 4.03 ERA (41 ER in 91.2 IP), 10 holds, 87 strikeouts and a .237 opponent average.

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D-backs select Randall Delgado from Triple-A Reno

Place Clay Buchholz on the 60-day disabled list

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected RHP Randall Delgado from Triple-A Reno and placed RHP Clay Buchholz (right elbow flexor strain) on the 60-day disabled list. The D-backs have 35 players on their active roster and the 40-man remains at 40.
 
Delgado, 28, has appeared in 6 games for the D-backs this season, going 2-0 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER in 7.0 IP), .250 opponent average and 2 strikeouts. He was designated for assignment by Arizona on July 25, released on July 31, and re-signed with the club on a Minor League contract on August 18. He was 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA (4 ER in 18.0 IP), .169 opponent average and 14 strikeouts in 13 appearances (1 start) for Reno this season, including a 0.93 ERA (1 ER in 9.2 IP), .147 opponent average and 7 strikeouts in 5 games after returning to the organization.
 
Delgado has gone 30-29 with 2 saves, a 4.10 ERA (245 ER in 538.1 IP), a .251 opponent average and 462 strikeouts in 267 career games (53 starts) over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Atlanta Braves (2011-12) and D-backs (2013-current). His 19 wins as a reliever since joining Arizona are the third most in franchise history behind Brad Ziegler (22) and Byung-Hyun Kim (20), while his 258 strikeouts in relief rank fourth behind Kim (345), Jose Valverde (331) and David Hernandez (289), and his 213 appearances rank eighth.
 
Buchholz, 34, was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA (22 ER in 98.1 IP), .220 opponent average and 81 strikeouts in 16 starts for the D-backs this season. He was a late scratch from his scheduled start on September 13 at Colorado Rockies. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected RHP Randall Delgado from Triple-A Reno and placed RHP Clay Buchholz (right elbow flexor strain) on the 60-day disabled list. The D-backs have 35 players on their active roster and the 40-man remains at 40.
 
Delgado, 28, has appeared in 6 games for the D-backs this season, going 2-0 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER in 7.0 IP), .250 opponent average and 2 strikeouts. He was designated for assignment by Arizona on July 25, released on July 31, and re-signed with the club on a Minor League contract on August 18. He was 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA (4 ER in 18.0 IP), .169 opponent average and 14 strikeouts in 13 appearances (1 start) for Reno this season, including a 0.93 ERA (1 ER in 9.2 IP), .147 opponent average and 7 strikeouts in 5 games after returning to the organization.
 
Delgado has gone 30-29 with 2 saves, a 4.10 ERA (245 ER in 538.1 IP), a .251 opponent average and 462 strikeouts in 267 career games (53 starts) over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Atlanta Braves (2011-12) and D-backs (2013-current). His 19 wins as a reliever since joining Arizona are the third most in franchise history behind Brad Ziegler (22) and Byung-Hyun Kim (20), while his 258 strikeouts in relief rank fourth behind Kim (345), Jose Valverde (331) and David Hernandez (289), and his 213 appearances rank eighth.
 
Buchholz, 34, was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA (22 ER in 98.1 IP), .220 opponent average and 81 strikeouts in 16 starts for the D-backs this season. He was a late scratch from his scheduled start on September 13 at Colorado Rockies. 

Arizona Diamondbacks

Homestand Lineup | Sept. 17 - 26, 2018

Homestand highlighted by Childhood Cancer Awareness Night, Suns Night, Coyotes Night & Fan Appreciation Day

   MON., SEPT. 17 | 6:40 P.M. | CHICAGO CUBS    
 
SUNS NIGHT: The D-backs will host Suns Night and will highlight Suns players, Gorilla and Suns Dancers throughout the game. For more information, visit dbacks.com/suns.   
 
MYSTERY BALL: Fans can purchase grab bags ($40 each) with a 'Mystery Ball' inside signed by a current D-backs player or coach and can choose from more than 500 grab bags. Mystery Ball will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. 
 
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS TAKE THE FIELD: D-backs season ticket holders will "Take the Field" with D-backs players at every Monday home game prior to the National Anthem.
 
HITS FOR HEROES: Precision Air & Heating and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will present a check for $40,000 to MANA House during a special pregame ceremony. 
 
D-BACKS EXPRESS: The D-backs offer a hassle-free way to see a D-backs game for fans in Tucson. A luxury bus will pick up fans at the Foothills Mall in Tucson and drop off fans in front of Chase Field. Round-trip fares are $25 per person and leaves three hours before game time. For more information, visit dbacks.com/express.
 
National Anthem: Rodney Glassman
Ceremonial First Pitch: Safelite
 
TUES., SEPT. 18 | 6:40 P.M. | CHICAGO CUBS     
 
A-GAME ALL STARS: The D-backs will recognize 13 part-time employees for their hard work and dedication to the organization in a pregame ceremony that includes a photo with a D-backs executive and a D-backs player. 
 
National Anthem: Derick Sebastian
Ceremonial First Pitch: Brent Wise, Allstate Senior Regional Sales Leader
 
 WED., SEPT. 19 | 6:40 P.M. | CHICAGO CUBS   
 
BROADCAST FUNDRAISER: The D-backs and FOX Sports Arizona will team up during the television broadcast to raise money for the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Fans can make a $750 donation to receive a limited-edition, commemorative print signed by all the members of the 20th anniversary team and a $25 donation will receive a smaller, unsigned commemorative 20th anniversary team print. The fundraiser will begin during the FOX Sports Arizona pregame show and conclude 30 minutes after the final out of the game. Tune into the broadcast to find out how to make a donation. Fans will also have an opportunity to make donations at locations throughout the ballpark. For more information, visit dbacks.com/giveback. 
 
PLAY BALL EVENT: Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, is a Program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, The Taylor Hooton Foundation, Henry Schein Cares, MLB Charities and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. PLAY is based upon raising awareness for steroid abuse and educate the youth about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Valencia Newcomer School will participate in a number of stations on the field hosted by the D-backs Athletic Training Team and representatives from each organization. The event will conclude with a Q&A from Steven Souza, Jr. and will receive a goodie bag to take home. We will host 75-100 kids and take them through stations of agility, strength and conditioning and a home run station between 10 a.m. - noon at Chase Field
 
National Anthem: Corona Del Sol High School
Ceremonial First Pitch: Pepsi 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Patsy Lowry
 
 FRI., SEPT. 21 | 6:40 P.M. | COLORADO ROCKIES   
 
COYOTES NIGHT: The D-backs will host Arizona Coyotes Night and Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Coyotes players, Howler and Paw Patrol will participate in several activities throughout the night. Fans can receive a discounted Baseline Box or bleacher ticket for Coyotes Night by visiting dbacks.com/coyotes. 
 
CHOIR ANTHEM: More than 300 students from various choirs across the Valley will perform the national anthem from the warning track. 
 
MOST VALUABLE TEACHER OF THE YEAR, supported by Papa John's: The D-backs and Papa John's will recognize this year's Most Valuable Teacher during a special pregame recognition. Parents and students nominated their favorite teacher to receive a $5,000 grant and be honored at a D-backs game in 2018. For more information, visit dbacks.com/mvt.  
 
SWIM SAFETY: The D-backs and Safelite AutoGlass will recognize kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs and instructors Phoenix Swim Club who have participated in this year's Swim Safety program during a special pregame recognition. 
 
99 CENTS ONLY STORES: The D-backs and 99 Cents Only Stores have teamed up to help provide Valencia Newcomer School with school supplies for the 2018-19 school year, as well as items for their prize vault at the school. In September, Jon Jay participated in a shopping spree at a local 99 Cents Only Stores to bring awareness to Valencia's need. Prior to the game, the D-backs will share a video recap with fans of this program coming to life.
 
GONZO'S HOMETOWN HEROES: The D-backs will recognize three heroes, including American Airlines employee Mike Glass who saved a passenger's life in Seattle by using an AED. The heroes will be recognized on the field alongside Luis Gonzalez and will receive a D-backs jersey and gift bag. 
 
SAT., SEPT. 22 | 5:10 P.M. | COLORADO ROCKIES  
 
CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT: The D-backs will raise awareness for childhood cancer through several pre-game and in-game activities. Patients from the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children's Hospital will take the field with the players prior to the game, and participate in various in-game activities. D-backs players and coaches will also wear gold-colored ribbons on their uniforms in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness. Prior to the game the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Paul and Amy Goldschmidt on behalf of Goldy's Fund 4 Kids, and Emily and Zack Greinke on behalf of the Greinke Family Foundation, will present checks to Phoenix Children's Hospital.
 
CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS PACK: The first 500 fans to purchase this special ticket package will receive a D-backs Childhood Cancer Awareness hat and $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to participating organizations that support childhood cancer research and services for families. For more information, visit dbacks.com/childhoodcancer. 
 
NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR SOCIETY: The D-backs will recognize members of the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) in a special pregame ceremony. The NBTS is committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who might be diagnosed tomorrow.
 
SWIM PACK: Fans can purchase a special Swim Pack ticket package that includes a game ticket and a limited-edition D-backs Swim Cap. For more information, visit dbacks.com/swim.  
 
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX ALUMNI: More than 1,500 alumni from the University of Phoenix will attend the game. 
 
ARIZONA LOTTERY: The D-backs will recognize the 10 finalists of an Arizona Lottery statewide promotion and one lucky winner will receive a $1 million check. 
 
UNITED HEALTHCARE PACK THE HOUSE: More than 75 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare will pack Bags of Hope during the 3rd inning of the game on the Upper Level of Chase Field. The Bags of Hope will be delivered to underserved children in the Phoenix Community. With this event, the UnitedHealthcare team will hit its goal of "Packing the House" by providing more than 49,000 meals to underserved children in Phoenix, one for each seat at Chase Field. Prior to the game, the D-backs and UnitedHealthcare will present a check to Kitchen on the Street for $20,000 to help with costs of providing food for the Bags of Hope program.
 
FRY'S DIAMOND DAYS PROGRAM: Fry's Food Stores and the USO will treat members from the Marine Corp Air Station in Yuma to the game. 
 
CHOIR ANTHEM: More than 300 students from various choirs across the Valley will perform the national anthem from the warning track. 
 
D-BACKS EXPRESS: The D-backs offer a hassle-free way to see a D-backs game for fans in Tucson. A luxury bus will pick up fans at the Foothills Mall in Tucson and drop off fans in front of Chase Field. Round-trip fares are $25 per person and leaves three hours before game time. For more information, visit dbacks.com/express.
 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Pepsi
Color Guard: Knights of Columbus 
 
SUN., SEPT. 23 | 1:10 P.M. | COLORADO ROCKIES  
 
FAN APPRECIATION DAY: The D-backs have teamed up with several partners to offer fans special promotions throughout the game as a thank you for their support throughout the entire season. All fans can enjoy special discounts on merchandise and concessions throughout Chase Field all weekend long. One lucky fan will be chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
 
20-YEAR D-BACKS TEAM PLAYERS: The D-backs will recognize Team Players who have worked for the team for all 20 seasons. 
 
WIVES FAVORITE THINGS CHECK PRESENTATION: D-backs wives and girlfriends of current players and coaches put together baskets full of their "Favorite Things" and included autographed memorabilia available for auction. The auction proceeds will be presented to The Singletons, an Arizona non-profit dedicated to providing support to single parent families affected by cancer.
 
GILA RIVER CASINOS GAME NIGHT CAR GIVEAWAY: The D-backs and Gila River Casinos will give away a 2018 Ford Echosport, courtesy of Sanderson Ford, to one lucky D-backs fan. Finalists won the opportunity while playing the Gila River Casinos Game Night at D-backs home games throughout the season.
 
ALL FANS RUN THE BASES FOR PCH: All fans are invited to run the bases after the game and can line up on the ramps near section 110 immediately following the game. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will donate $1 to Phoenix Children's Hospital for everyone that crosses home plate. 
 
SMILE GENERATION KIDS TAKE THE FIELD: Kids ages 7-15 can enter for the chance to "Take the Field" with D-backs players at every Sunday home game prior to the National Anthem.
 
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Fans can enjoy the game with their canine friend from the PetSmart Patio. Fans can use the PetSmart Dog Park and treat their dog to doggy concession favorites such as doggy ice cream. PetSmart will also have adoptable dogs on site for fans to find a forever home for the pups. For more information, visit dbacks.com/dogdays.  
 
COLD STONE KIDS SUNDAYS: Each Sunday home game, one winner is selected to deliver the lineup card to the umpires with a D-backs coach before the game and deliver Cold Stone Ice Cream to the D-backs' broadcast booths. 
 
SANDERSON FORD CRONISTA INFANTIL: The D-backs and Sanderson Ford will host the next Cronista Infantil as a guest on the D-backs' Spanish radio broadcast alongside Oscar Soria and Rodrigo Lopez during the game. Kids ages 10-14 are encouraged to sign up and audition to become the next Sanderson Ford Cronista Infantil by visiting losdbacks.com/kids.  
 
D-BACKS KIDS CLUB, presented by Danzeisen Dairy: The Kids Club is a free program for kids 15 & younger that rewards members with prizes for each game they attend, including a complimentary ticket to Sunday home games. Fans can register at Chase Field in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot, or online at dbacks.com/kidsclub.
 
D-BACKS EXPRESS: The D-backs offer a hassle-free way to see a D-backs game for fans in Tucson. A luxury bus will pick up fans at the Foothills Mall in Tucson and drop off fans in front of Chase Field. Round-trip fares are $25 per person and leaves three hours before game time. For more information, visit dbacks.com/express.
 
National Anthem & Color Guard: Casa Grande Union High School
 
 MON., SEPT. 24 | 6:40 P.M. | LOS ANGELES DODGERS   
 
A-GAME ALL STARS -- Rookies of the Year
: The D-backs will recognize 13 part-time employees as Rookies of the Year for their hard work and dedication to the organization in a pregame ceremony that includes a photo with a D-backs executive and a D-backs player.
 
National Anthem: Chandler Children's Choir
Ceremonial First Pitch: Pablito Cejudo
 
TUES., SEPT. 25 | 6:40 P.M. | LOS ANGELES DODGERS   
 
A-GAME ALL STARS -- MVPs: The D-backs will recognize 13 part-time employees as MVPs for their hard work and dedication to the organization in a pregame ceremony that includes a photo with a D-backs executive and a D-backs player.
 
MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: The D-backs will recognize the organization's Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year during a pregame ceremony featuring awards presented by D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen and D-backs Vice President of Player Development Mike Bell. 
 
PLAY BALL FUND: As part of the on-going D-backs Give Back charitable efforts, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will recognize Play Ball grant recipients during a special pregame ceremony on the field. Throughout the season, the Play Ball Fund, supported by Chase, will award teams, leagues and organizations $1,000 in grants for equipment, training resources and more. The D-backs will present up to 10 grants per month totaling $10,000. To apply for a Play Ball grant, visit dbacks.com/playball. 
 
National Anthem: Kyrene Aprende Middle School 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Alexa Zowine
 
WED., SEPT. 26 | 6:40 P.M. | LOS ANGELES DODGERS  
 
DANIEL BRYAN FIRST PITCH: WWE Super Star Daniel Bryan will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Bryan will be at the game in promotion of WWE's Royal Rumble, which will be held at Chase Field on January 27, 2019.
 
BREAK A BAT, PLANT A TREE: The Arizona Diamondbacks and Mattamy Homes will host a pregame check presentation for the Phoenix City Parks. As part of the Break A Bat, Plant A Tree program, each time a D-backs pitcher broke the bat of an opposing player during the 2018 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Mattamy Homes made a charitable contribution that will provide shade trees in Phoenix city parks and surrounding communities. With more than 200 bats broken this season, the D-backs and Mattamy Homes will be donating $10,000 toward the purchase of trees for City of Phoenix Parks.
 
LUIS GONZALEZ AWARD: The D-backs and Luis Gonzalez will present a D-backs player with the fourth annual Luis Gonzalez Award prior to the game. The award is given to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates and coaches.
 
National Anthem: Valley Youth Theater
Ceremonial First Pitch: Ron Goodson, Pepsi Regional General Manager
 
 COMMUNITY EVENTS   
 
SCIENCE OF BASEBALL TEACHER TRAINING, presented by Chase & Insight -- Sept. 15: More than 50 teachers from across the Valley will take part in a Science of Baseball teacher training course taught by University of Arizona professor Ricardo Valerdi from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Chase Field. Each teacher will receive a curriculum booklet as well as a supply kit to teach the Science of Baseball in their school. 
 
D-BACKS URBAN GARDEN HARVEST -- Sept. 20: The D-backs and United HealthCare will bring in kids from Capital School to help harvest the urban garden located at the North West corner of Chase Field. The harvest will begin at 8 a.m. 
 
D-BACKS SCHOOL CHALLENGE presented by UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: The D-backs and University of Phoenix are giving away $100,000 to benefit schools across Arizona. Twenty schools will be selected and will receive $5,000 to help improve their school. The deadline to apply is Sept. 28. Schools can apply for the grant online at dbacks.com/schoolchallenge.
 
20th ANNIVERSARY EXPERIENCE: Fans are encouraged to check out the 20th Anniversary Experience at every D-backs home game at Chase Field. The Experience is a 2,000 square-foot exhibit at Chase Field, located on the main concourse in right field behind the Coors Light Strike Zone. It features historic artifacts, memorabilia and photography celebrating the team's history and a wall featuring baseballs signed by nearly all D-backs players and coaches. The Experience also includes a showcase of the team's 2001 World Series championship and each Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and Cy Young Award won by a D-backs player. For more information, visit dbacks.com/experience. 
 
D-BACKS AUTHENTICS: The D-backs sell game-used and authenticated merchandise ranging from game-used bases, jerseys, bats, balls and lineup cards to autographed merchandise. A portion of the proceeds from D-backs Authentics sales benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. D-backs Authentics will be located at section 134 on the main concourse or on Twitter @DbacksAuthentic.  
 
D-BACKS BASEBALL ACADEMY YOUTH CLINICS: D-backs Baseball Academy coaches will host two free clinics for kids at Futures Field located in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot at each D-backs home game starting one hour before first pitch and at the end of the fourth inning.
 
SOL LA TERRAZA: Fans can enjoy a Latin vibe in the Upper Right Field Concourse at every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game, which includes specialized décor, Latin music and authentic regional food and La Carreta de Lily. Fans can enjoy piñatas in La Terraza on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit dbacks.com/laterraza. 
 
D-BACKS GIVE BACK 50/50 RAFFLE, supported by Arizona Lottery: Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are available every D-backs home game and can be purchased from roving sellers in the stands, at raffle kiosk locations along the concourse or fans watching the game from home can participate by visiting dbacks.com/5050raffle. One lucky fan will win half the jackpot each game with the other half will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation's youth sports initiatives.
 
 TICKET SPECIALS   
 
2019 SEASON TICKETS: Guarantee seats for next year's D-backs games against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees with the purchase of a 2019 Season Ticket Plan. Choose from a full, half, weekend or series plan. For more info and to view the 2019 schedule, visit dbacks.com/seasontickets. 
 
D-BACKS VALUE PACK: Ticket packages start at $25 and include a game ticket, one hot dog and a regular Pepsi. For more information, visit dbacks.com/value.
 
MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS DISCOUNTS, presented by GEICO: The D-backs and GEICO will offer up to 50 percent off single-game ticket prices for all military active duty, reserve, retired and veterans, as well as active or retired fire and police personnel with valid ID. All-You-Can-Eat tickets are excluded from this offer and can only be redeemed for up to four tickets. For more information, visit dbacks.com/military. 
 
MOBILE TICKETING: Fans can access and manage their game day tickets directly from a smartphone by downloading the MLB Ballpark App. Ballpark is the D-backs' Ticket Hub where fans have access to tickets, the Chase Field Concessions guide, exclusive check-in offers, and more. Visit dbacks.com/ballparkapp.  

   MON., SEPT. 17 | 6:40 P.M. | CHICAGO CUBS    
 
SUNS NIGHT: The D-backs will host Suns Night and will highlight Suns players, Gorilla and Suns Dancers throughout the game. For more information, visit dbacks.com/suns.   
 
MYSTERY BALL: Fans can purchase grab bags ($40 each) with a 'Mystery Ball' inside signed by a current D-backs player or coach and can choose from more than 500 grab bags. Mystery Ball will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. 
 
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS TAKE THE FIELD: D-backs season ticket holders will "Take the Field" with D-backs players at every Monday home game prior to the National Anthem.
 
HITS FOR HEROES: Precision Air & Heating and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will present a check for $40,000 to MANA House during a special pregame ceremony. 
 
D-BACKS EXPRESS: The D-backs offer a hassle-free way to see a D-backs game for fans in Tucson. A luxury bus will pick up fans at the Foothills Mall in Tucson and drop off fans in front of Chase Field. Round-trip fares are $25 per person and leaves three hours before game time. For more information, visit dbacks.com/express.
 
National Anthem: Rodney Glassman
Ceremonial First Pitch: Safelite
 
TUES., SEPT. 18 | 6:40 P.M. | CHICAGO CUBS     
 
A-GAME ALL STARS: The D-backs will recognize 13 part-time employees for their hard work and dedication to the organization in a pregame ceremony that includes a photo with a D-backs executive and a D-backs player. 
 
National Anthem: Derick Sebastian
Ceremonial First Pitch: Brent Wise, Allstate Senior Regional Sales Leader
 
 WED., SEPT. 19 | 6:40 P.M. | CHICAGO CUBS   
 
BROADCAST FUNDRAISER: The D-backs and FOX Sports Arizona will team up during the television broadcast to raise money for the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Fans can make a $750 donation to receive a limited-edition, commemorative print signed by all the members of the 20th anniversary team and a $25 donation will receive a smaller, unsigned commemorative 20th anniversary team print. The fundraiser will begin during the FOX Sports Arizona pregame show and conclude 30 minutes after the final out of the game. Tune into the broadcast to find out how to make a donation. Fans will also have an opportunity to make donations at locations throughout the ballpark. For more information, visit dbacks.com/giveback. 
 
PLAY BALL EVENT: Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, is a Program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, The Taylor Hooton Foundation, Henry Schein Cares, MLB Charities and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. PLAY is based upon raising awareness for steroid abuse and educate the youth about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Valencia Newcomer School will participate in a number of stations on the field hosted by the D-backs Athletic Training Team and representatives from each organization. The event will conclude with a Q&A from Steven Souza, Jr. and will receive a goodie bag to take home. We will host 75-100 kids and take them through stations of agility, strength and conditioning and a home run station between 10 a.m. - noon at Chase Field
 
National Anthem: Corona Del Sol High School
Ceremonial First Pitch: Pepsi 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Patsy Lowry
 
 FRI., SEPT. 21 | 6:40 P.M. | COLORADO ROCKIES   
 
COYOTES NIGHT: The D-backs will host Arizona Coyotes Night and Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Coyotes players, Howler and Paw Patrol will participate in several activities throughout the night. Fans can receive a discounted Baseline Box or bleacher ticket for Coyotes Night by visiting dbacks.com/coyotes. 
 
CHOIR ANTHEM: More than 300 students from various choirs across the Valley will perform the national anthem from the warning track. 
 
MOST VALUABLE TEACHER OF THE YEAR, supported by Papa John's: The D-backs and Papa John's will recognize this year's Most Valuable Teacher during a special pregame recognition. Parents and students nominated their favorite teacher to receive a $5,000 grant and be honored at a D-backs game in 2018. For more information, visit dbacks.com/mvt.  
 
SWIM SAFETY: The D-backs and Safelite AutoGlass will recognize kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs and instructors Phoenix Swim Club who have participated in this year's Swim Safety program during a special pregame recognition. 
 
99 CENTS ONLY STORES: The D-backs and 99 Cents Only Stores have teamed up to help provide Valencia Newcomer School with school supplies for the 2018-19 school year, as well as items for their prize vault at the school. In September, Jon Jay participated in a shopping spree at a local 99 Cents Only Stores to bring awareness to Valencia's need. Prior to the game, the D-backs will share a video recap with fans of this program coming to life.
 
GONZO'S HOMETOWN HEROES: The D-backs will recognize three heroes, including American Airlines employee Mike Glass who saved a passenger's life in Seattle by using an AED. The heroes will be recognized on the field alongside Luis Gonzalez and will receive a D-backs jersey and gift bag. 
 
SAT., SEPT. 22 | 5:10 P.M. | COLORADO ROCKIES  
 
CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT: The D-backs will raise awareness for childhood cancer through several pre-game and in-game activities. Patients from the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children's Hospital will take the field with the players prior to the game, and participate in various in-game activities. D-backs players and coaches will also wear gold-colored ribbons on their uniforms in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness. Prior to the game the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Paul and Amy Goldschmidt on behalf of Goldy's Fund 4 Kids, and Emily and Zack Greinke on behalf of the Greinke Family Foundation, will present checks to Phoenix Children's Hospital.
 
CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS PACK: The first 500 fans to purchase this special ticket package will receive a D-backs Childhood Cancer Awareness hat and $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to participating organizations that support childhood cancer research and services for families. For more information, visit dbacks.com/childhoodcancer. 
 
NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR SOCIETY: The D-backs will recognize members of the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) in a special pregame ceremony. The NBTS is committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who might be diagnosed tomorrow.
 
SWIM PACK: Fans can purchase a special Swim Pack ticket package that includes a game ticket and a limited-edition D-backs Swim Cap. For more information, visit dbacks.com/swim.  
 
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX ALUMNI: More than 1,500 alumni from the University of Phoenix will attend the game. 
 
ARIZONA LOTTERY: The D-backs will recognize the 10 finalists of an Arizona Lottery statewide promotion and one lucky winner will receive a $1 million check. 
 
UNITED HEALTHCARE PACK THE HOUSE: More than 75 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare will pack Bags of Hope during the 3rd inning of the game on the Upper Level of Chase Field. The Bags of Hope will be delivered to underserved children in the Phoenix Community. With this event, the UnitedHealthcare team will hit its goal of "Packing the House" by providing more than 49,000 meals to underserved children in Phoenix, one for each seat at Chase Field. Prior to the game, the D-backs and UnitedHealthcare will present a check to Kitchen on the Street for $20,000 to help with costs of providing food for the Bags of Hope program.
 
FRY'S DIAMOND DAYS PROGRAM: Fry's Food Stores and the USO will treat members from the Marine Corp Air Station in Yuma to the game. 
 
CHOIR ANTHEM: More than 300 students from various choirs across the Valley will perform the national anthem from the warning track. 
 
D-BACKS EXPRESS: The D-backs offer a hassle-free way to see a D-backs game for fans in Tucson. A luxury bus will pick up fans at the Foothills Mall in Tucson and drop off fans in front of Chase Field. Round-trip fares are $25 per person and leaves three hours before game time. For more information, visit dbacks.com/express.
 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Pepsi
Color Guard: Knights of Columbus 
 
SUN., SEPT. 23 | 1:10 P.M. | COLORADO ROCKIES  
 
FAN APPRECIATION DAY: The D-backs have teamed up with several partners to offer fans special promotions throughout the game as a thank you for their support throughout the entire season. All fans can enjoy special discounts on merchandise and concessions throughout Chase Field all weekend long. One lucky fan will be chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
 
20-YEAR D-BACKS TEAM PLAYERS: The D-backs will recognize Team Players who have worked for the team for all 20 seasons. 
 
WIVES FAVORITE THINGS CHECK PRESENTATION: D-backs wives and girlfriends of current players and coaches put together baskets full of their "Favorite Things" and included autographed memorabilia available for auction. The auction proceeds will be presented to The Singletons, an Arizona non-profit dedicated to providing support to single parent families affected by cancer.
 
GILA RIVER CASINOS GAME NIGHT CAR GIVEAWAY: The D-backs and Gila River Casinos will give away a 2018 Ford Echosport, courtesy of Sanderson Ford, to one lucky D-backs fan. Finalists won the opportunity while playing the Gila River Casinos Game Night at D-backs home games throughout the season.
 
ALL FANS RUN THE BASES FOR PCH: All fans are invited to run the bases after the game and can line up on the ramps near section 110 immediately following the game. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will donate $1 to Phoenix Children's Hospital for everyone that crosses home plate. 
 
SMILE GENERATION KIDS TAKE THE FIELD: Kids ages 7-15 can enter for the chance to "Take the Field" with D-backs players at every Sunday home game prior to the National Anthem.
 
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Fans can enjoy the game with their canine friend from the PetSmart Patio. Fans can use the PetSmart Dog Park and treat their dog to doggy concession favorites such as doggy ice cream. PetSmart will also have adoptable dogs on site for fans to find a forever home for the pups. For more information, visit dbacks.com/dogdays.  
 
COLD STONE KIDS SUNDAYS: Each Sunday home game, one winner is selected to deliver the lineup card to the umpires with a D-backs coach before the game and deliver Cold Stone Ice Cream to the D-backs' broadcast booths. 
 
SANDERSON FORD CRONISTA INFANTIL: The D-backs and Sanderson Ford will host the next Cronista Infantil as a guest on the D-backs' Spanish radio broadcast alongside Oscar Soria and Rodrigo Lopez during the game. Kids ages 10-14 are encouraged to sign up and audition to become the next Sanderson Ford Cronista Infantil by visiting losdbacks.com/kids.  
 
D-BACKS KIDS CLUB, presented by Danzeisen Dairy: The Kids Club is a free program for kids 15 & younger that rewards members with prizes for each game they attend, including a complimentary ticket to Sunday home games. Fans can register at Chase Field in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot, or online at dbacks.com/kidsclub.
 
D-BACKS EXPRESS: The D-backs offer a hassle-free way to see a D-backs game for fans in Tucson. A luxury bus will pick up fans at the Foothills Mall in Tucson and drop off fans in front of Chase Field. Round-trip fares are $25 per person and leaves three hours before game time. For more information, visit dbacks.com/express.
 
National Anthem & Color Guard: Casa Grande Union High School
 
 MON., SEPT. 24 | 6:40 P.M. | LOS ANGELES DODGERS   
 
A-GAME ALL STARS -- Rookies of the Year
: The D-backs will recognize 13 part-time employees as Rookies of the Year for their hard work and dedication to the organization in a pregame ceremony that includes a photo with a D-backs executive and a D-backs player.
 
National Anthem: Chandler Children's Choir
Ceremonial First Pitch: Pablito Cejudo
 
TUES., SEPT. 25 | 6:40 P.M. | LOS ANGELES DODGERS   
 
A-GAME ALL STARS -- MVPs: The D-backs will recognize 13 part-time employees as MVPs for their hard work and dedication to the organization in a pregame ceremony that includes a photo with a D-backs executive and a D-backs player.
 
MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: The D-backs will recognize the organization's Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year during a pregame ceremony featuring awards presented by D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen and D-backs Vice President of Player Development Mike Bell. 
 
PLAY BALL FUND: As part of the on-going D-backs Give Back charitable efforts, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will recognize Play Ball grant recipients during a special pregame ceremony on the field. Throughout the season, the Play Ball Fund, supported by Chase, will award teams, leagues and organizations $1,000 in grants for equipment, training resources and more. The D-backs will present up to 10 grants per month totaling $10,000. To apply for a Play Ball grant, visit dbacks.com/playball. 
 
National Anthem: Kyrene Aprende Middle School 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Alexa Zowine
 
WED., SEPT. 26 | 6:40 P.M. | LOS ANGELES DODGERS  
 
DANIEL BRYAN FIRST PITCH: WWE Super Star Daniel Bryan will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Bryan will be at the game in promotion of WWE's Royal Rumble, which will be held at Chase Field on January 27, 2019.
 
BREAK A BAT, PLANT A TREE: The Arizona Diamondbacks and Mattamy Homes will host a pregame check presentation for the Phoenix City Parks. As part of the Break A Bat, Plant A Tree program, each time a D-backs pitcher broke the bat of an opposing player during the 2018 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Mattamy Homes made a charitable contribution that will provide shade trees in Phoenix city parks and surrounding communities. With more than 200 bats broken this season, the D-backs and Mattamy Homes will be donating $10,000 toward the purchase of trees for City of Phoenix Parks.
 
LUIS GONZALEZ AWARD: The D-backs and Luis Gonzalez will present a D-backs player with the fourth annual Luis Gonzalez Award prior to the game. The award is given to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates and coaches.
 
National Anthem: Valley Youth Theater
Ceremonial First Pitch: Ron Goodson, Pepsi Regional General Manager
 
 COMMUNITY EVENTS   
 
SCIENCE OF BASEBALL TEACHER TRAINING, presented by Chase & Insight -- Sept. 15: More than 50 teachers from across the Valley will take part in a Science of Baseball teacher training course taught by University of Arizona professor Ricardo Valerdi from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Chase Field. Each teacher will receive a curriculum booklet as well as a supply kit to teach the Science of Baseball in their school. 
 
D-BACKS URBAN GARDEN HARVEST -- Sept. 20: The D-backs and United HealthCare will bring in kids from Capital School to help harvest the urban garden located at the North West corner of Chase Field. The harvest will begin at 8 a.m. 
 
D-BACKS SCHOOL CHALLENGE presented by UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: The D-backs and University of Phoenix are giving away $100,000 to benefit schools across Arizona. Twenty schools will be selected and will receive $5,000 to help improve their school. The deadline to apply is Sept. 28. Schools can apply for the grant online at dbacks.com/schoolchallenge.
 
20th ANNIVERSARY EXPERIENCE: Fans are encouraged to check out the 20th Anniversary Experience at every D-backs home game at Chase Field. The Experience is a 2,000 square-foot exhibit at Chase Field, located on the main concourse in right field behind the Coors Light Strike Zone. It features historic artifacts, memorabilia and photography celebrating the team's history and a wall featuring baseballs signed by nearly all D-backs players and coaches. The Experience also includes a showcase of the team's 2001 World Series championship and each Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and Cy Young Award won by a D-backs player. For more information, visit dbacks.com/experience. 
 
D-BACKS AUTHENTICS: The D-backs sell game-used and authenticated merchandise ranging from game-used bases, jerseys, bats, balls and lineup cards to autographed merchandise. A portion of the proceeds from D-backs Authentics sales benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. D-backs Authentics will be located at section 134 on the main concourse or on Twitter @DbacksAuthentic.  
 
D-BACKS BASEBALL ACADEMY YOUTH CLINICS: D-backs Baseball Academy coaches will host two free clinics for kids at Futures Field located in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot at each D-backs home game starting one hour before first pitch and at the end of the fourth inning.
 
SOL LA TERRAZA: Fans can enjoy a Latin vibe in the Upper Right Field Concourse at every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game, which includes specialized décor, Latin music and authentic regional food and La Carreta de Lily. Fans can enjoy piñatas in La Terraza on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit dbacks.com/laterraza. 
 
D-BACKS GIVE BACK 50/50 RAFFLE, supported by Arizona Lottery: Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are available every D-backs home game and can be purchased from roving sellers in the stands, at raffle kiosk locations along the concourse or fans watching the game from home can participate by visiting dbacks.com/5050raffle. One lucky fan will win half the jackpot each game with the other half will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation's youth sports initiatives.
 
 TICKET SPECIALS   
 
2019 SEASON TICKETS: Guarantee seats for next year's D-backs games against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees with the purchase of a 2019 Season Ticket Plan. Choose from a full, half, weekend or series plan. For more info and to view the 2019 schedule, visit dbacks.com/seasontickets. 
 
D-BACKS VALUE PACK: Ticket packages start at $25 and include a game ticket, one hot dog and a regular Pepsi. For more information, visit dbacks.com/value.
 
MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS DISCOUNTS, presented by GEICO: The D-backs and GEICO will offer up to 50 percent off single-game ticket prices for all military active duty, reserve, retired and veterans, as well as active or retired fire and police personnel with valid ID. All-You-Can-Eat tickets are excluded from this offer and can only be redeemed for up to four tickets. For more information, visit dbacks.com/military. 
 
MOBILE TICKETING: Fans can access and manage their game day tickets directly from a smartphone by downloading the MLB Ballpark App. Ballpark is the D-backs' Ticket Hub where fans have access to tickets, the Chase Field Concessions guide, exclusive check-in offers, and more. Visit dbacks.com/ballparkapp.  

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D-backs acquire Patrick Kivlehan from Mets, select his contract from Triple-A Reno; transfer Jarrod Dyson to 60-day disabled list

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan (@PatrickKivlehan) from the New York Mets for cash considerations and selected his contract from Triple-A Reno. To make room on the 40-man roster, the D-backs transferred OF Jarrod Dyson to the 60-day disabled list (strained right groin). Arizona has 34 players on their active roster and the 40-man roster remains at 40. 
 
Kivlehan (pronounced: KIV-luh-han), 28, will wear No. 47. He split the 2018 season with Triple-A Louisville in the Cincinnati Reds' organization and Triple-A Las Vegas with the Mets, combining to hit .298 (118-for-396)/.359 OBP/.543 SLG with 29 doubles, 4 triples, 20 home runs, 71 RBI, 32 walks and 62 runs scored in 113 games. He ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in several offensive categories, including slugging pct. (3rd, .588), OPS (4th, .959), extra-base hits (T-8th, 53) and average (9th, .314). Over his final 38 games since July 20, Kivlehan batted .365 (50-for-137)/.432 OBP/.861 SLG with 15 doubles, 4 triples, 15 home runs, 38 RBI, 16 walks and 32 runs scored, leading all of Minor League Baseball in that time in extra-base hits (34), total bases (118), slugging pct. and OPS (1.294). 
 
Kivlehan has hit .206 (41-for-199)/.303 OBP/.392 SLG with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 10 home runs, 28 RBI, 24 walks and 28 runs in 123 career Major League games with the San Diego Padres (2016) and Reds ('16-17). He has made 35 appearances (20 starts) in right field, 12 appearances (7 starts) in left, 12 appearances (0 starts) at first base, 7 appearances (5 starts) at third and 4 appearances (2 starts) in center. 
 
A native of Nyack, N.Y., Kivlehan was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Rutgers University. He played 4 seasons on the Scarlet Knights' football team as a defensive back and played just 1 season for the baseball team, winning Big East Conference Player of the Year after becoming the first player in league history to win the Triple Crown (.392 average, 14 home runs, 50 RBI) in 2012. 
 
Dyson, 34, has been on the disabled list since July 5. He batted .189 (39-for-206)/.282 OBP/.257 SLG with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 12 RBI in 67 games for the D-backs in 2018. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan (@PatrickKivlehan) from the New York Mets for cash considerations and selected his contract from Triple-A Reno. To make room on the 40-man roster, the D-backs transferred OF Jarrod Dyson to the 60-day disabled list (strained right groin). Arizona has 34 players on their active roster and the 40-man roster remains at 40. 
 
Kivlehan (pronounced: KIV-luh-han), 28, will wear No. 47. He split the 2018 season with Triple-A Louisville in the Cincinnati Reds' organization and Triple-A Las Vegas with the Mets, combining to hit .298 (118-for-396)/.359 OBP/.543 SLG with 29 doubles, 4 triples, 20 home runs, 71 RBI, 32 walks and 62 runs scored in 113 games. He ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in several offensive categories, including slugging pct. (3rd, .588), OPS (4th, .959), extra-base hits (T-8th, 53) and average (9th, .314). Over his final 38 games since July 20, Kivlehan batted .365 (50-for-137)/.432 OBP/.861 SLG with 15 doubles, 4 triples, 15 home runs, 38 RBI, 16 walks and 32 runs scored, leading all of Minor League Baseball in that time in extra-base hits (34), total bases (118), slugging pct. and OPS (1.294). 
 
Kivlehan has hit .206 (41-for-199)/.303 OBP/.392 SLG with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 10 home runs, 28 RBI, 24 walks and 28 runs in 123 career Major League games with the San Diego Padres (2016) and Reds ('16-17). He has made 35 appearances (20 starts) in right field, 12 appearances (7 starts) in left, 12 appearances (0 starts) at first base, 7 appearances (5 starts) at third and 4 appearances (2 starts) in center. 
 
A native of Nyack, N.Y., Kivlehan was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Rutgers University. He played 4 seasons on the Scarlet Knights' football team as a defensive back and played just 1 season for the baseball team, winning Big East Conference Player of the Year after becoming the first player in league history to win the Triple Crown (.392 average, 14 home runs, 50 RBI) in 2012. 
 
Dyson, 34, has been on the disabled list since July 5. He batted .189 (39-for-206)/.282 OBP/.257 SLG with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 12 RBI in 67 games for the D-backs in 2018. 

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D-backs award Zac Almond and Kevin Ginkel Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Rookie-Advanced Missoula C Zac Almond (@zacheryalmond) and Double-A Jackson RHP Kevin Ginkel (@ginks_sd) the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for August.
 
Almond, 22, hit .404 (38-for-94)/.447 OBP/.649 SLG with 8 doubles, 5 home runs, 20 RBI, 7 walks and 18 runs scored in 23 games for the Osprey in August, ranking among the Pioneer League leaders in average (3rd), home runs (T-3rd), on-base pct. (T-3rd), slugging pct. (4th), doubles (T-5th) and extra-base hits (6th, 13). A Pioneer League postseason All-Star, he reached base safely in 20 games last month and logged 12 multi-hit performances, including a 3-for-4 night with 2 homers and 3 RBI on August 22 vs. Grand Junction. A native of Richfield, N.C., the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was selected by the D-backs in the 35th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
 
Ginkel, 24, did not allow a run in 10 games (14.0 IP) in August, going 3-0 with 3 saves, 20 strikeouts, 3 walks and a .149 opponent average. He also ranked among the Southern League leaders in wins (T-6th) and saves (T-7th) last month. Following the season, Ginkel will pitch for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. A native of San Diego, Calif., the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was selected by the D-backs in the 22nd round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona. 
 
Every month during the season, the D-backs' Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate:
 
AUG: OVERALL | RENO | JACKSON | VISALIA | KANE COUNTY
PLAYER: Zac Almond | Ildemaro Vargas | Marty Herum | Jazz Chisholm | Ryan Grotjohn
PITCHER: Kevin Ginkel | Taylor Clarke | Kevin Ginkel | Riley Smith | Lane Ratliff
 
AUG: HILLSBORO | MISSOULA | AZL D-BACKS | DSL 1 | DSL 2
PLAYER: Geraldo Perdomo | Zac Almond | David Garza | José Reyes | Alexander Hernandez
PITCHER: Chester Pimentel | Blake Workman | Ezequiel Da La Cruz | Eurys Henriquez | Gerald Ogando

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Rookie-Advanced Missoula C Zac Almond (@zacheryalmond) and Double-A Jackson RHP Kevin Ginkel (@ginks_sd) the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for August.
 
Almond, 22, hit .404 (38-for-94)/.447 OBP/.649 SLG with 8 doubles, 5 home runs, 20 RBI, 7 walks and 18 runs scored in 23 games for the Osprey in August, ranking among the Pioneer League leaders in average (3rd), home runs (T-3rd), on-base pct. (T-3rd), slugging pct. (4th), doubles (T-5th) and extra-base hits (6th, 13). A Pioneer League postseason All-Star, he reached base safely in 20 games last month and logged 12 multi-hit performances, including a 3-for-4 night with 2 homers and 3 RBI on August 22 vs. Grand Junction. A native of Richfield, N.C., the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was selected by the D-backs in the 35th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
 
Ginkel, 24, did not allow a run in 10 games (14.0 IP) in August, going 3-0 with 3 saves, 20 strikeouts, 3 walks and a .149 opponent average. He also ranked among the Southern League leaders in wins (T-6th) and saves (T-7th) last month. Following the season, Ginkel will pitch for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League. A native of San Diego, Calif., the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was selected by the D-backs in the 22nd round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona. 
 
Every month during the season, the D-backs' Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate:
 
AUG: OVERALL | RENO | JACKSON | VISALIA | KANE COUNTY
PLAYER: Zac Almond | Ildemaro Vargas | Marty Herum | Jazz Chisholm | Ryan Grotjohn
PITCHER: Kevin Ginkel | Taylor Clarke | Kevin Ginkel | Riley Smith | Lane Ratliff
 
AUG: HILLSBORO | MISSOULA | AZL D-BACKS | DSL 1 | DSL 2
PLAYER: Geraldo Perdomo | Zac Almond | David Garza | José Reyes | Alexander Hernandez
PITCHER: Chester Pimentel | Blake Workman | Ezequiel Da La Cruz | Eurys Henriquez | Gerald Ogando

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D-backs to host Hispanic Heritage Day this Saturday

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks and @LosDbacks) will host Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Bud Light, this Saturday at Chase Field. Hispanic Heritage Day will feature a pregame D-backs Fiesta, presented by APS, and the first 20,000 fans will receive a Ketel Marte Luchador bobblehead, courtesy of Pepsi.  
 
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the D-backs Fiesta that features fun giveaways, live music by Grupo Latido, Folklorico dancers, Mariachi performers, interactive games, inflatables, food trucks and the Budweiser Beer Garden Experience, benefitting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Located at Fourth St. and Jackson St., the D-backs Fiesta will begin at 2:00 p.m. and is free for fans of all ages. Fans can also check out oversized sugar skulls created by LORE Productions in SOL La Terraza and throughout the D-backs Fiesta, highlighting their upcoming Día de los Muertos Festival in the City of Scottsdale in November. Executives and mascots from la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico will be featured throughout the day at the D-backs Fiesta and during the game.
 
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Day, D-backs players and coaches will wear Los D-backs jerseys for the 11th consecutive season, which will be available for purchase at D-backs Authentics at the end of the season. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all game-used items will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. D-backs players will also wear Ponle Acento shirts during batting practice.
 
During a special pregame ceremony, the D-backs will present the Pete García Hispanic Leadership Award to ASU Senior Vice President and General Counsel José Cárdenas. The award recognizes an individual for their advocacy, leadership and service to the Arizona community.
 
This Saturday is also Roberto Clemente Day and the D-backs will recognize the team's nominee, Paul Goldschmidt, for his charitable contributions throughout the season prior to the start of the game.
 
Fans can enjoy piñatas at SOL La Terraza throughout the night and can meet former D-backs catcher Miguel Montero from 4-5 p.m., courtesy of Chevy. SOL La Terraza features a Latin vibe in the Upper Right Field Concourse that includes specialized décor, Latin music and authentic regional food and La Carreta de Lily. Fans can also get Micheladas, a beer cocktail with lime juice, salt and tomato juice. The D-backs Street Team will be on site with a prize wheel and various D-backs souvenirs.   
 
Tickets for Hispanic Heritage Day start at $22 and are available by calling 602.514.8400 or by visiting dbacks.com or losdbacks.com.  

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks and @LosDbacks) will host Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Bud Light, this Saturday at Chase Field. Hispanic Heritage Day will feature a pregame D-backs Fiesta, presented by APS, and the first 20,000 fans will receive a Ketel Marte Luchador bobblehead, courtesy of Pepsi.  
 
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the D-backs Fiesta that features fun giveaways, live music by Grupo Latido, Folklorico dancers, Mariachi performers, interactive games, inflatables, food trucks and the Budweiser Beer Garden Experience, benefitting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Located at Fourth St. and Jackson St., the D-backs Fiesta will begin at 2:00 p.m. and is free for fans of all ages. Fans can also check out oversized sugar skulls created by LORE Productions in SOL La Terraza and throughout the D-backs Fiesta, highlighting their upcoming Día de los Muertos Festival in the City of Scottsdale in November. Executives and mascots from la Liga Mexicana del Pacífico will be featured throughout the day at the D-backs Fiesta and during the game.
 
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Day, D-backs players and coaches will wear Los D-backs jerseys for the 11th consecutive season, which will be available for purchase at D-backs Authentics at the end of the season. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all game-used items will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. D-backs players will also wear Ponle Acento shirts during batting practice.
 
During a special pregame ceremony, the D-backs will present the Pete García Hispanic Leadership Award to ASU Senior Vice President and General Counsel José Cárdenas. The award recognizes an individual for their advocacy, leadership and service to the Arizona community.
 
This Saturday is also Roberto Clemente Day and the D-backs will recognize the team's nominee, Paul Goldschmidt, for his charitable contributions throughout the season prior to the start of the game.
 
Fans can enjoy piñatas at SOL La Terraza throughout the night and can meet former D-backs catcher Miguel Montero from 4-5 p.m., courtesy of Chevy. SOL La Terraza features a Latin vibe in the Upper Right Field Concourse that includes specialized décor, Latin music and authentic regional food and La Carreta de Lily. Fans can also get Micheladas, a beer cocktail with lime juice, salt and tomato juice. The D-backs Street Team will be on site with a prize wheel and various D-backs souvenirs.   
 
Tickets for Hispanic Heritage Day start at $22 and are available by calling 602.514.8400 or by visiting dbacks.com or losdbacks.com.  

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D-backs recall Vargas from Reno and Andriese from Visalia, place Godley on paternity leave list

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled INF Ildemaro Vargas (@ildemaro_tigre) from Triple-A Reno and RHP Matt Andriese (@MAndriese) from Single-A Advanced Visalia and placed RHP Zack Godley (@godleyzt) on the Paternity Leave List. The D-backs have 34 players on their active roster and the 40-man roster is at 40.
 
Vargas, 27, was named to the Pacific Coast League mid- and postseason All-Star Teams and had an Aces' record 35-game hitting streak from June 24-August 11, also the PCL's longest since 1989 and fifth longest all-time. He ranked among PCL leaders in hits (2nd, 167), triples (T-3rd, 10), total bases (4th, 239) and average (10th, .311).
 
In 124 games for the Aces, he hit .311 (167-for-537)/.348 OBP/.445 SLG with 31 doubles, 10 triples, 7 homers, 54 RBI, 30 walks and 78 runs scored. Against righties, he hit .330 (126-for-382)/.843 OPS with 19 doubles, 10 triples, 5 homers, 37 RBI and 24 walks. With runners on base, he hit .332 (70-for-211)/.832 OPS with 50 RBI, and with runners in scoring position, he hit .304 (34-for-112) with 41 RBI.
 
Vargas made his Major League debut for the D-backs last season. In 12 games, he hit .308 (4-for-13)/.308 OBP/.385 SLG with 1 double and 4 RBI.
 
Andriese, 29, made 1 start for Visalia, on August 31 @ Stockton, and tossed 3.2 scoreless frames with 1 hit, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He was optioned on August 28. In 36 combined games (4 starts) with the Tampa Bay Rays and D-backs in 2018, he is 3-5 with a 4.09 ERA (33 ER in 72.2 IP), 1 hold and 73 strikeouts. He was acquired from the Rays on July 25 for C Michael Perez and RHP Brian Shaffer.
 
Godley, 28, is returning home for the birth of his first child. In 29 games (28 starts) for the D-backs, he is 14-8 with a 4.51 ERA (80 ER in 159.2 IP), .251 opponent average and 170 strikeouts.

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled INF Ildemaro Vargas (@ildemaro_tigre) from Triple-A Reno and RHP Matt Andriese (@MAndriese) from Single-A Advanced Visalia and placed RHP Zack Godley (@godleyzt) on the Paternity Leave List. The D-backs have 34 players on their active roster and the 40-man roster is at 40.
 
Vargas, 27, was named to the Pacific Coast League mid- and postseason All-Star Teams and had an Aces' record 35-game hitting streak from June 24-August 11, also the PCL's longest since 1989 and fifth longest all-time. He ranked among PCL leaders in hits (2nd, 167), triples (T-3rd, 10), total bases (4th, 239) and average (10th, .311).
 
In 124 games for the Aces, he hit .311 (167-for-537)/.348 OBP/.445 SLG with 31 doubles, 10 triples, 7 homers, 54 RBI, 30 walks and 78 runs scored. Against righties, he hit .330 (126-for-382)/.843 OPS with 19 doubles, 10 triples, 5 homers, 37 RBI and 24 walks. With runners on base, he hit .332 (70-for-211)/.832 OPS with 50 RBI, and with runners in scoring position, he hit .304 (34-for-112) with 41 RBI.
 
Vargas made his Major League debut for the D-backs last season. In 12 games, he hit .308 (4-for-13)/.308 OBP/.385 SLG with 1 double and 4 RBI.
 
Andriese, 29, made 1 start for Visalia, on August 31 @ Stockton, and tossed 3.2 scoreless frames with 1 hit, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He was optioned on August 28. In 36 combined games (4 starts) with the Tampa Bay Rays and D-backs in 2018, he is 3-5 with a 4.09 ERA (33 ER in 72.2 IP), 1 hold and 73 strikeouts. He was acquired from the Rays on July 25 for C Michael Perez and RHP Brian Shaffer.
 
Godley, 28, is returning home for the birth of his first child. In 29 games (28 starts) for the D-backs, he is 14-8 with a 4.51 ERA (80 ER in 159.2 IP), .251 opponent average and 170 strikeouts.

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Paul Goldschmidt named Arizona Diamondbacks nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball today announced that Paul Goldschmidt was named the Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

 

Major League Baseball today announced that Paul Goldschmidt was named the Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

 

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

 

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Wednesday, September 5th marks the 17th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.

 

Goldschmidt is one of the 30 Club nominees for the annual award. He continues to be an MVP-worthy candidate on the field but more importantly for his commitment to the Arizona community off the field. Goldschmidt and his wife, Amy, spend countless hours volunteering at Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) interacting and visiting with kids and their families; a genuine passion they both share. Goldschmidt launched Goldy's Fund 4 Kids, in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, to help families at Phoenix Children's Hospital. This past offseason, Paul and Amy hosted the second annual Goldy's Bowling Bash to raise money for PCH and the event was well-attended by professional athletes and local celebrities. The Goldschmidts were named honorary chairs for the Hope Lives Here capital campaign to raise funds for the building of the new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at PCH and in addition to their personal $1-million gift, Paul and Amy have raised more than $1 million dollars. In addition to his work with Phoenix Children's Hospital, Paul has chaired events including Chrysalis, a non-profit domestic violence shelter, and assisted Soldier's Best Friend, a local non-profit that pairs veterans with adopted animals and then certifies them as a service animal. After graduating from University of Phoenix in 2013, Goldschmidt provides full-tuition scholarships for students wanting to continue their education at University of Phoenix. Paul and Amy personally select the finalists to receive the award and present the scholarships at a D-backs game.

 

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans from Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, September 5th, until Tuesday, September 18th. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting the following link: mlb.com/clemente21.

 

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award." The recognition was renamed to the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day each September since 2002.

 

The 30 Club nominees of the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award are listed below:
 
Arizona Diamondbacks - Paul Goldschmidt*
Atlanta Braves - Kurt Suzuki
Baltimore Orioles - Chris Davis
Boston Red Sox - Brock Holt
Chicago Cubs - Jon Lester*
Chicago White Sox - José Abreu*
Cincinnati Reds - Tucker Barnhart
Cleveland Indians - Carlos Carrasco
Colorado Rockies - Ian Desmond
Detroit Tigers - Michael Fulmer
Houston Astros - Charlie Morton*
Kansas City Royals - Danny Duff
Los Angeles Angels - Andrew Heaney
Los Angeles Dodgers - Justin Turner
Miami Marlins - Martín Prado
Milwaukee Brewers - Corey Knebel
Minnesota Twins - Joe Mauer
New York Mets - Steven Matz
New York Yankees - CC Sabathia
Oakland Athletics - Chad Pinder
Philadelphia Phillies - Rhys Hoskins
Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon
St. Louis Cardinals - Yadier Molina*
San Diego Padres - Clayton Richard
San Francisco Giants - Buster Posey*
Seattle Mariners - Nelson Cruz*
Tampa Bay Rays - Mallex Smith
Texas Rangers - Cole Hamels
Toronto Blue Jays - Kevin Pillar
Washington Nationals - Ryan Zimmerman

*MLB All-Star
More information can be found at MLB.com/clemente21.


The distinguished list of past Roberto Clemente Award winners includes 17 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971 - Willie Mays+**
1972 - Brooks Robinson+**
1973 - Al Kaline+
1974 - Willie Stargell+
1975 - Lou Brock+
1976 - Pete Rose
1977 - Rod Carew+
1978 - Greg Luzinski
1979 - Andre Thornton
1980 - Phil Niekro+
1981 - Steve Garvey
1982 - Ken Singleton
1983 - Cecil Cooper
1984 - Ron Guidry
1985 - Don Baylor
1986 - Garry Maddox
1987 - Rick Sutcliffe
1988 - Dale Murphy
1989 - Gary Carter+
1990 - Dave Stewart
1991 - Harold Reynolds
1992 - Cal Ripken, Jr.+
1993 - Barry Larkin+
1994 - Dave Winfield+
1995 - Ozzie Smith+
1996 - Kirby Puckett+
1997 - Eric Davis
1998 - Sammy Sosa
1999 - Tony Gwynn+
2000 - Al Leiter
2001 - Curt Schilling
2002 - Jim Thome+
2003 - Jamie Moyer
2004 - Edgar Martinez
2005 - John Smoltz+
2006 - Carlos Delgado
2007 - Craig Biggio+
2008 - Albert Pujols
2009 - Derek Jeter
2010 - Tim Wakefield
2011 - David Ortiz
2012 - Clayton Kershaw
2013 - Carlos Beltrán
2014 - Paul Konerko *
2015 - Andrew McCutchen
2014 - Jimmy Rollins *
2016 - Curtis Granderson
2017 - Anthony Rizzo

+ Member of The National Baseball Hall of Fame
* Co-winner
** Originally known as the Commissioner's Award (prior to 1973)

Arizona Diamondbacks

D-backs select the contract of Yoan Lopez from Jackson and transfer Jake Lamb to the 60-day disabled list

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks selected RHP Yoan López (pronounced: YO-on) (@leyva_yoan) from Double-A Jackson and transferred INF Jake Lamb to the 60-day disabled list (left rotator cuff strain). The D-backs have 32 players on their active roster and the 40-man roster is at 40.

López, 25, is getting his first stint in the Major Leagues and will wear No. 50. He pitched for the World Team at the Futures Game on July 15 and struck out the lone batter he faced. At the time of his promotion, he led Southern League relievers in opponent average (.174) and strikeouts per 9.0 IP (12.70) and ranked fourth in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (9.92).

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks selected RHP Yoan López (pronounced: YO-on) (@leyva_yoan) from Double-A Jackson and transferred INF Jake Lamb to the 60-day disabled list (left rotator cuff strain). The D-backs have 32 players on their active roster and the 40-man roster is at 40.

López, 25, is getting his first stint in the Major Leagues and will wear No. 50. He pitched for the World Team at the Futures Game on July 15 and struck out the lone batter he faced. At the time of his promotion, he led Southern League relievers in opponent average (.174) and strikeouts per 9.0 IP (12.70) and ranked fourth in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (9.92).

He has held opponents scoreless in 9 of his last 12 games, since July 26, with a 0.53 ERA (3 R-1 ER in 17.0 IP), .074 opponent average (4-for-54), 4 walks and 18 strikeouts. In 22 games after the All-Star break, since June 22, he was 0-2 with 7 saves, a 2.01 ERA (7 ER in 31.1 IP), .148 opponent average and 41 strikeouts.

Overall, in 45 relief appearances at Jackson, he was 2-6 with 12 saves, a 2.92 ERA (20 ER in 61.2 IP), .174 opponent average, 1.04 WHIP and 87 strikeouts. He has held righties to a .148 average (22-for-149) and 58 strikeouts while lefties have hit .229 (16-for-70) and 29 strikeouts. With runners on base, opponents are hitting .176 (18-for-102) with 43 strikeouts, and with runners in scoring position, opponents are hitting .197 (15-for-76) with 32 strikeouts.

López signed with the D-backs on January 16, 2015 as a Minor League free agent. Over parts of 4 seasons in the D-backs system (2015-18), he has appeared in 93 games (26 starts) and is 10-19 with a 3.65 ERA (86 ER in 212.1 IP), .223 opponent average and 224 strikeouts. He played 3 seasons with Isla de la Juventud in the Cuban Serie Nacional from 2011-14.

Lamb, 27, hit .222 (46-for-207)/.307 OBP/.348 SLG with 8 doubles, 6 home runs, 31 RBI, 26 walks and 34 runs scored in 56 games for the D-backs this season.

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