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Morning Meltdown - Diamondbacks Edition

Here at Heat Waved we’d like you to begin your day with us. Everyday we are going to run an article with the latest stories surrounding your favorite Arizona teams.

Today we are going to look into some of the buzz surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This afternoon Dan Bickley, of azcentral, reported on the Arizona Diamondbacks new reputation. Here’s a snippet from his article:

“The dirtiest team in baseball. That’s the Diamondbacks’ new reputation.

Are you proud of them?

Some people seem to think the weekend plunking of Andrew McCutchen was proper retribution. Some people are clobbering Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson for the team’s warped view of retaliation.

A lot of people are missing the point.”

To read the rest of his piece, click here.

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com wrote about the five Diamondback players that will be crucial for the teams final 50 games. Here are some of his thoughts:

“With a playoff berth out of reach there is a tendency to dismiss those 50 games as irrelevant, but with the front office’s focus having shifted to 2015, the final stretch is especially important for these five players: …..

RHP Archie Bradley: A serious candidate to make the rotation when Spring Training opened, the 2011 first-round pick (No. 7 overall) has endured a tough year.

Bradley missed time due to an injury, saw his agent criticize the D-backs for not promoting him early in the season and has drawn mixed reviews from scouts — and even Arizona’s own pitching guru Dave Duncan — with regards to his performance.

Make no mistake, Bradley, who is at Double-A Mobile, is a tremendous talent and still a big part of the organization’s future; he’s ranked as the D-backs’ top prospect by MLB.com.”

Steve goes onto analyze the importance of David PeraltaDidi GregoriusMatt Stites and Trevor Cahill. To read what Gilbert has to say, click here.

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