For this Morning Meltdown let’s take a look into the buzz surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are in the market for a manager as well as a bench coach.
“Most recently, the team confirmed they were given permission to speak with Bogar, Hale and Dodgers third base boach Lorenzo Bundy. Last Wednesday the team confirmed the samewith McEwing and also mentioned they will speak with Sandy Alomar Jr. (Indians), Jay Bell (Reds), Turner Ward (D-Backs), Andy Green (farm system), Phil Nevin (farm system), Jim Tracy (NA) and Don Wakamatsu (Royals).
Right now the bench coaches seem to be leading the way. Bogar, Lovullo and Hale have emerged as prime candidates for these managerial openings, and we could see them coaching big league teams in 2015. But don’t be surprised if these teams opt to hire from within because that’s always a safer decision for an organization to transition their philosophy.”
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The cleansing of the Arizona roster under new general manager Dave Stewart has begun, with a number of players placed on waivers.
Originally an Oakland pick, Schultz was an independent ball pickup for the Diamondbacks in time for the 2012 season, and spent most of the year in Reno, putting up a 6.18 ERA there in 135.1 innings (23 starts, five relief appearances). However, he was part of the roster for the Australia trip, and made his major-league debut in the second game down under, working a scoreless inning. He was also called up for a spell at the end of July, but that didn’t go as well. Over three appearances and seven innings, he allowed seven earned runs on 12 hits and a walk, with five strikeouts. His Diamondbacks ERA ends at 7.88.
Kieschnick was a waiver-wire pickup from the Giants on April 4, having appeared in 38 games for San Francisco last year, with a .521 OPS. But he was more a poster child for the illusion which are Reno stats. For the Aces, Roger looked decent, with a line of .260/.317/.461 and 15 homers in 95 games. But over three spells with the D-backs, in April, June/July and August, Kieschnick hit below the Uecker Line, batting .195 (8-for-41), with no walks, 16 strikeouts, and an OPS of .488. In his defense, more than two-thirds of his 25 appearances were in the notoriously difficult role of a pinch-hitter, but he didn’t produce enough to deserve any more playing time.”
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