In the midst of free agent and trade rumors, some other news took place surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks his week. Here is a quick recap of the stories that surrounded the D’back organization on this, the week before Christmas.
Mark Grace is remaining in the Diamondback family. Gracie, a popular figure in the Phoenix area, will become the hitting coach for the short season Hillsboro, Oregon affiliate. Hopefully, the popular Grace can continue rehabbing his life from two prior DUI arrests. In 2013, he was a Spring Training instructor and served as a coach for the club’s Rookie level Arizona team.
Former number one overall pick Phil Nevin was introduced as the manager for the Triple A Reno Aces. Nevin clubbed 208 home runs in a Major League career that spanned twelve seasons and seven teams. Prior to his coming to the Aces, Nevin managed for five seasons in the Tigers’ organization, the last four with the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens. His record with Toledo was 192-238.
The Missoula Osprey has a new manager and he is a familiar face. Robby Hammock as agreed to lead the D’backs’ Single A affiliate after spending last season as the hitting coach for the organization’s Rookie League team. Hammock spent his entire six season Major League career with the Snakes from 2003-2008 and 2011. He totaled 12 home runs and 48 RBI’s with a slash line of .254/.312/.407.
Brandon McCarthy caused a stir when he stated that protective headgear for pitchers could be available for the 2014 season. the gear would look like a hat and would be able to protect a hurler from serious injury.
Former D’back pitcher Rodrigo Lopez will be joining the team’s broadcast crew by becoming the color analyst during games on KSUN 1400 AM. Lopez pitched for Arizona in 2010 and was 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA. He pitched for six teams over eleven seasons compiling 81 wins and 89 losses with a 4.82 ERA.