The Arizona Diamondbacks will play 36 games in Spring Training as they prepare for the 2016 season.
It is never too early to talk Spring Training. Just think, 90 days from now pitchers and catchers will be reporting to camp as the journey for the World Series begins. The Arizona Diamondbacks have released their Spring Training schedule as the team will play a total of 36 games before the 2016 regular season begins. Up first is an exhibition contest against the University of Arizona on March 1st before beginning for real the following day against their Salt River Fields friends (and regular season opening opponent) the Colorado Rockies. For the complete schedule, click here.
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The D-backs will play a total of 22 games at Salt River Fields, including three evening games, and wrap up Spring Training with two contests on April 1st and 2nd at Chase Field against the reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. Tickets for all games are priced between $11 and $37 and go on sale to season ticket holders on December 16th and the general public on December 18th.
D-backs talking Cueto?
According to Buster Olney of ESPN (via mlbtraderumors), Arizona has explored the possibility of signing free agent right-hander Johnny Cueto. This marks the latest starting pitcher that has been rumored to the team as prior reports have the D-backs linked with Mike Leake, Yovani Gallardo, John Lackey, Shelby Miller and Japanese star Kenta Maeda. Our own Joe Jacquez profiled Cueto not too long ago and argues the Snakes should make a play for him.
Dodgers get Roberts
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Dave Roberts as their new manager. Roberts played in the Majors for a total of ten seasons with his most memorable moment being a stolen base off Mariano Rivera in Game Four of the 2004 American League Championship Series with the Boston Red Sox trailing by a run in the ninth inning and down three games to none to the New York Yankees. He later scored, catapulting the Red Sox to the greatest playoff comeback in baseball history and eventually resulting in its first World Series title in 86 years. Roberts spent the last four years as a coach with the San Diego Padres, managing them for one game after Bud Black was fired. He succeeds Don Mattingly who is not the skipper of the Miami Marlins.
Here are some other links about the Diamondbacks:
Tony LaRussa on “High Heat” with Chris Russo-MLB Network (video)
Final Thoughts on AFL Prospects-insidethezona
Other links around the FanSided Network:
San Francisco Giants Under the Radar Free Agent Options-aroundthefoghorn