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MLB: Cleveland Indians at Los Angeles Angels

A rather dramatic three-team deal just threw the Winter Meetings into gear, with the Angels shipping out slugger Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with two players to be named later, Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago of the White Sox headed to Anaheim and Adam Eaton on his way to Chicago.

It’s a big deal, as the Angels had so little room to maneuver they needed to make any deal involving Mark Trumbo. The Orange County native, an useful power hitter about to get more expensive as he hits arbitration for the first time, represents tantalizing power from the right side of the plate. It was too much for Arizona to resist, as they give up a stalled pitching prospect and their exciting center fielder to get the ever elusive right-handed power bat.

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

“It has come to the notice of the National Commission that certain pitchers are being charged with using the ‘bean ball,’ which charges, if true, would not only be a great detriment to the game but would result in most severe injuries to players and would be unsportsmanlike in the highest degree.

The commission therefore serves notice that if a charge of this kind is presented to it at any time against any player, and after an examination the same is proved, it will result in the expulsion of the player or players so charged from the game.”

– National Commission of Baseball Chairman August Herrmann, May 24, 1917.

“If Goldy’s getting hit, somebody gets an eye for an eye, somebody’s going down, or somebody’s going to get jackknifed.”

– Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers, October 8, 2013.

Kevin Towers was angry on Tuesday. Angry about losing, surely, as those obnoxious, rebellious, and pool-violating Dodgers surged into the National League Championship Series. But he was mostly angry about his team’s failure to enact justice on the diamond, to take matters into their own hands. He was mad, as the Arizona Sports 620 AM host put it, about his club’s lack of “cojones.” And he made it clear: the Diamondbacks are an organization that will strike back.

“If not, if you have options there’s ways to get you outta here. You don’t follow suit, or you don’t feel comfortable doing it, you probably don’t belong in a Diamondbacks uniform.”

Baseball has come a long way in the last 96 years.

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ian kennedy sucks question mark

It is really easy to make jokes at the expense of Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers. In the eyes of most internet-based baseball analysts, Towers places too much value on intangibles, gives his tough guy manager too much say in personnel moves and seems to dump quality players at the drop of the hat, often overpaying marginally talented ballplayers.

Sometimes, it works. The Snakes won the 2011 NL West with a ragtag bunch of castoffs (or so the narrative goes) and the 2013 edition of the DBacks sits in second place in the division, trailing the Reds by four games in the race for the second Wild Card spot.

Today, in a counter-intuitive move, Towers traded one of the key contributors to that 2011 division title Ian Kennedy, to the San Diego Padres for left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher, double-A prospect Matt Stites and a compensation pick in next year’s draft.

What a joke, right? Ian Kennedy was a 5 WAR pitcher just two seasons ago! He’s just in his first season of arbitration eligibility! What is Towers doing?!

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Tuesday night’s fight between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks was the kind of brawl hardasses across North America live for. Punches were thrown and punches connected. Players and coaches were thrown on the ground and pinned against guardrails.

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I can honestly say I’ve never, ever seen this before. Bare-handing a base hit to the outfield? Crazy. Just crazy. But awesome! You go Gerardo Parra, you go and make crazy/reckless plays in the outfield for my entertainment.

Also crazy and fun to think about: how long would Kirk Gibson bench Parra if this play somehow went sideways? If he couldn’t corral the hop and it rolled to the wall? Or if he jammed his finger and had to miss time? Ole Gibby would run him out of town on a rail, of this I am sure.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost a big piece of their offense for an indefinite period after placing second baseman Aaron Hill on the 15-day disabled list with a broken hand.

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They have all those crazy toilets in Japan. Heated seats, multiple bidet settings, the works. Miguel Montero is a man of discerning taste, obviously he appreciates the finer things in life. Like nice toilets. Probably from Japan. Maybe a squatter or two, you never know. Once you get hooked on the squatter, there is no going back. It just seems so natural, once you get over the initial weirdness.

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