Louis Cardinals struck gold in their search for a big hitter, acquiring slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a blockbuster trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Eager to push for the playoffs after a three-year absence, St. A six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market. He hit. The Cardinals have a history of acquiring top hitters and then signing them to long-term deals, including Mark McGwire and Matt Holliday. Louis went last season and felt it needed a boost in the middle of a lineup that includes Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina to compete with the likes of Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
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Louis Cardinals struck gold in their search for a big hitter, acquiring slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a blockbuster trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Eager to push for the playoffs after a three-year absence, St. A six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market. He hit. The Cardinals have a history of acquiring top hitters and then signing them to long-term deals, including Mark McGwire and Matt Holliday.
Louis went last season and felt it needed a boost in the middle of a lineup that includes Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina to compete with the likes of Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. The Cardinals' postseason drought is their longest since Free-agent slugger Bryce Harper has supposedly been on the Cards' wish list, too, with the winter meetings coming up this weekend. The Diamondbacks parted ways with a homegrown player who grew to be the face of the franchise but is nearing the end of an extremely team-friendly contract.
The quiet slugger was selected by Arizona in the eighth round of the draft and made his major league debut in In , Goldschmidt hit 36 home runs and drove in In , he matched that home-run high with 36 and drove in He is a. Hazen said the key to the deal was what the Cardinals offered in return. If there was no trade, the Diamondbacks faced the prospect of Goldschmidt leaving as a free agent after next season. We've understood that for a long time. Despite an awful start to last season, he bounced back to once again become a powerful force.
Goldschmidt was the Diamondbacks' franchise leader in slugging percentage and on-base percentage. He represents everything it means to be a D-back, and we are very thankful to him for all that he has done for our franchise and our fans," Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall said. Weaver, a year-old right-hander, was with a 4. He was long rated among the top St. Louis prospects and Hazen expects him to immediately join the rotation.
The year-old Kelly has played for the Cardinals in parts of the past three seasons, batting. He is highly regarded for his defensive ability. The draft choice that Arizona got will come after the second round, likely a pick somewhere in the high 70s or low 80s. Free agency had already cost the Diamondbacks, who made the playoffs and beat Colorado in the NL Wild Card game a year ago before being swept by the Dodgers.
They were priced out of any chance of re-signing left-hander Patrick Corbin. Center fielder A. Pollock remains on the free-agent market but it seems unlikely the Diamondbacks would re-sign him. Hazen said it's premature to say Arizona is in a full-scale rebuilding mode, noting the team still has plenty of talented players.
But another Arizona question is whether it can trade ace right-hander Zack Greinke, a move that probably would require the Diamondbacks to eat a chunk of his formidable salary. Hazen wouldn't offer a guess on whether Greinke would be on the team next season but said "We're exploring everything possible to make this organization stronger. Cardinals strike gold, get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks AP.
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He most likely heard, too, the roar of the overflow ballpark crowd of more than 25, people 2 just as the Sultan of Swat cocked his bat over his left shoulder and swung fiercely, launching the baseball toward the street. As Geiser was about to depart from Cleveland that Sunday afternoon after visiting relatives, 3 Babe Ruth stepped to the plate in the top of the second inning with career home runs tallied on his stat sheet. Ruth had been hitting homers at a torrid pace; he had four in his last five games. The Babe seemed to find League Park particularly accommodating, having slugged many moonshots there since he first deposited one into the center-field seats, just left of the scoreboard, in May of Clay Folger:.
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My baseball and basketball loving husband might never want to leave here but only if he truly gets a seat and can see BOTH live baseball and the NCAA basketball tournament at the same time. Can anyone tell me if that really happens? What about taking a 14 and 11 year old as well? Would it just be crazy crowded and loud on a Sunday afternoon? This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.
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Let's talk deals that last all through Spring Training. Locally-owned Fired Pie is offering 10 percent off to customers who show a valid game tickets that same day of the game. There are 19 locations. Westgate Entertainment District has 17 different restaurant deals. See below: Tempe Marketplace has 18 deals, that include restaurants and other businesses for activities. The fine print: Only valid on game day as indicated on Spring Training stub. Report a typo.
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The Diamondbacks have a lot of good ideas. Most of them can be found at the concession stand and include a significant amount of calories. The Diamondbacks are different. They have a winning team and one of the best home records in Major League Baseball. And yet their stadium vibe is closer to morgue than Mardi Gras.
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We have aces aplenty, an LCS rematch and several intriguing matchups. Here's your guide to what will happen this weekend. Manuel Margot hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the San Diego Padres bounced back after blowing a late five-run lead to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. Position players pitching against pitchers hitting is actually becoming more common, but no less inscrutable. We take a closer look at peak baseball weirdness. The Texas Rangers were only down a run despite being no-hit, so Lance Lynn knew he had to keep them in the game. Pinch-hitter Jarrod Dyson connected for a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. A major reshuffle in our top 10 shows that some teams are making the most of a new season -- and others have holes to dig out of. Mitch Moreland homered off Merrill Kelly on the first pitch of the seventh inning, and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox ended an awful opening trip with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila was placed on the injured list Sunday with a strained left quadriceps, which he suffered while circling the bases on a home run Friday.
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In an otherwise upbeat Diamondbacks clubhouse, the tortured version of Paul Goldschmidt — the one that surfaces when he is asked by reporters to talk about himself or his accomplishments — stood in front of his locker, doing his best to shrug off a career milestone after a victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The scene was no different from any of the others that came before it in his career, except for a brief interplay involving teammate Steven Souza Jr. Career blast No. Goldschmidt drove a fastball from Giants right-hander Chris Stratton to right field, where Andrew McCutchen drifted back and back and back before running out of room, the ball landing just a couple feet beyond the fence. They added another run in the second on an opposite-field, solo homer by David Peralta, and did not score again the rest of the game. Peralta reached base four times, and after missing the first two games of this homestand with a shoulder issue, he has gone 7 for 9 with two doubles, a homer and a walk in the first two games of this series. Peralta was disappointed he fell a triple shy of the cycle on Friday. Reach Piecoro at or nick. Follow him on Twitter nickpiecoro.
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Roasted peanuts washed down with ice cold beers coupled with the sounds of cracking bats and snapping mitts mean just one thing in March in Arizona: More than , fans headed to the greater Phoenix area last year to get an advance peek at their favorite teams. Enjoyed under sunny skies with prices as low as the humidity, it is that time again to batter up! Spring training in Arizona has been a tradition for loyal fans since when just two teams—the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants—arrived to prepare for another season in idyllic spring weather. Fans are apt to find their favorite team at spring training, from the World Series winning Cubs to the Dodgers, Padres, Mariners, Giants and more. The Cactus League offers about games and plays host to as many teams as the entire rival Grapefruit League in Florida, with all the stadiums are within a minute drive from each other. You can choose a ticket package that fits your trip, from just a single ticket to a package of three or more games. Most games begin around 1 p. Most stadiums offer preferred seating and deals for food. No matter what venue you choose for your baseball escape, there is something special to enjoy—often beyond the stadiums themselves. Special deals abound during the preseason. For instance, watch the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet just feet away from the players as they warm up for the game.
MLB went with a more modern Opening Day logo too. Image via sportslogos. More than just homers and strikeouts for fans to be pumped about this year. As we saw on Thursday, baseball certainly opened with a bang! Not in ! For the first time since , the league scheduled all 30 teams to play their first game on the same day of course Mother Nature intervened, but the sentiment remained…. The league paid homage to the past by turning the beginning of the season back into the laudatory event that Opening Day used to be. MLB further leveraged the popular scheduling change with a clever campaign in partnership with Kingsford Charcoal designed solely to promote it. This was not Field of Dreams overlayed with John Fogerty; definitely directed at the online audience with flashy images and a rap soundtrack that made it perfect for YouTube, Instagram, and other social sharing. A Communication major from the University of Southern California, with eclectic experience in the sports, business, and the entertainment industry, John Collins is the baseball writer at Front Office Sports.
The Giants center fielder became the first African-American to accomplish the feat. San Francisco Giants center fielder Willie Mays had what on a normal day might be considered an average performance against the Houston Astros on Sept. The center fielder finished with one hit, one RBI and a run scored in four at-bats. Mays became the first African-American to hit homers and the fifth major leaguer — along with Babe Ruth , Jimmie Foxx , Ted Williams and Mel Ott — to accomplish the feat. I just know it. Mays led off the fourth inning when he crushed a pitch from Houston pitcher Don Nottebart into the center-field stands, feet from home plate. That tied the game at , the Los Angeles Times reported. Willie McCovey was walked and then reached third thanks to a double by Jim Hart. McCovey sped to home plate after Tom Haller grounded out. The bases were then reloaded when Hal Lanier was walked. When the Tribune asked how many more big years Mays had in him, he tempered his expectations. That hurts your chances to catch the record.