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Born and raised in Phoenix metro, Jesse’s sports broadcasting career began at the age of 12 when he impersonated D-backs radio voice Greg Schulte on FOX Sports Arizona as the Arizona Diamondbacks Kidkaster. He started writing and podcasting about the Diamondbacks shortly thereafter, and has been doing it ever since. Now, Jesse is a podcast host and writer for PHNX Diamondbacks. Jesse has a math degree and a journalism minor from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.

If you have any Diamondbacks fans in your life, you may want to send them an Edible Arrangement. It has been a difficult few seasons for fans of the Sedona red. The D-backs have gone from perceived playoff contender to arguably the worst team in baseball in less than two years. Fans are still grappling with the departure of franchise…...

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitching legends Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, and Brandon Webb greet other at the 20th anniversary celebration.

Even after enduring a 110-loss season, Arizona Diamondbacks fans are probably more spoiled than they’re willing to admit. Entering year 25, their franchise has had more than its fair share of legendary talent. Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson, future Hall-of-Famer Zack Greinke and potential Hall-of-Famer Curt Schilling each spent significant portions of their careers in Arizona. But we all know the Diamondbacks...

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Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen watches batting practice at PNC Park.

“There are rich teams, and there are poor teams. Then there’s 50 feet of crap. And then there’s us.” Those are the iconic words of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in “Moneyball,” discussing the state of his cash-strapped franchise in the early 2000s. The Diamondbacks’ situation, granted, is less dire: Their final 2021 payroll ranked a reasonable 21st in...

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D-backs general manager Mike Hazen signed Madison Bumgarner to a five-year contract in 2019.

Entering his sixth season with the team, Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen has dished out major league contracts to 24 free agents for a total of just over $204 million. That’s $2 million less than the team spent on Zack Greinke the year before Hazen’s arrival, but the Greinke deal was an exception. The D-backs may never give that kind...

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In many respects, Merrill Kelly’s game is as unassuming as they come. His fastball sits around 92 miles per hour. He doesn’t have a true put-away pitch. He doesn’t get an inordinate number of strikeouts or groundballs. But what he’s done for the Diamondbacks since joining the team in 2019 is more significant than you think. For starters, Kelly’s journey...

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Baseball’s 2021 saves leader Mark Melancon is joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced Wednesday. The deal came down less than eight hours before the start of a league-wide lockout that has now suspended major league transactions indefinitely. Melancon will make $6 million in both 2022 and 2023. The deal also includes a $5 million mutual option for 2024 with...

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Former D-backs bullpen member Tyler Clippard pitches in October of 2021 at Chase Field.

Since joining Major League Baseball in 1998, the Diamondbacks have held their own with a World Series title, five division titles and even a Hall-of-Fame pitcher wearing their logo on his way to Cooperstown. There’s one thing the D-backs have almost never gotten right in their time as a big league franchise: the bullpen. We saw this firsthand in 2021,...

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Jordan Luplow hits a grand slam in game two of the 2021 ALDS.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder/first baseman Jordan Luplow from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league infielder Ronny Simon. As part of the deal, the D-backs designated pitcher Brett de Geus for assignment. Luplow slashed .202/.326/.454 in 2021 with 11 homers, eight doubles and 28 RBI over 62 games with the Cleveland Guardians and Tampa Bay Rays....

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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, all of baseball’s eyes have turned to Dec. 1, when Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with the players association will officially expire. With the two sides reportedly far apart in negotiations, a lockout is all but certain. It would be Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage since 1995. There are likely several...

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Arizona Diamondbacks free agent target Dylan Bundy

As of Nov. 8, MLB free agency is officially open for business and D-backs General Manager Mike Hazen has made it clear he will be active. His team’s needs are well-documented: bullpen, third base and potentially the starting rotation if an opportunity presents itself. The Dodgers made the first significant free agent signing on Thursday, snagging left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney...

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