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9/29/2014 | D-backs' front office ready to hit the ground running

The D-backs' baseball operations brain trust of Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson met with the media late Monday morning, one day following the end of the regular season to discuss their plans for the offseason.


9/29/2014 | Stewart, D-backs look to bolster squad for '15

Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has assembled his baseball operations point men in Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson during the final week of the regular season. Together they have to find a way to lift a team that finished 2014 with the worst record in Major League Baseball.


9/29/2014 | Injuries too much to overcome for D-backs in tough season

There really is no way around it: 2014 was a nightmare for the D-backs. They opened Spring Training with optimism, a club-record $110 million payroll and a vow that they would find a way to get over the 81-81 rut they had found themselves in the previous two seasons. The D-backs did manage to avoid the .500 mark -- at no time were they ever at or above it -- but this certainly was not what they had in mind.


9/28/2014 | D-backs to pick first in 2015 First-Year Player Draft

Arizona received a nice consolation prize after finishing 2014 with a 64-98 record, its worst in a decade. By virtue of finishing with MLB's lowest winning percentage, the D-backs received the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.


9/28/2014 | Collmenter makes case to remain starter

Josh Collmenter turned in eight impressive innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three, but despite resting Adam Wainwright and most of their regulars, the Cardinals squeezed out a 1-0 victory over the D-backs in Sunday's season finale.


9/27/2014 | Owings still plagued by left shoulder soreness

Rookie shortstop Chris Owings, who missed more than two months with a left shoulder injury he sustained in June, was scratched from Friday's lineup due to soreness in that shoulder. On Saturday, acting manager Alan Trammell confirmed that Owings would be relegated to pinch-running duties at most in order to prevent the injury from worsening.


9/27/2014 | Goldy takes BP, but won't play in season finale

D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took batting practice with his teammates on Saturday for the first time since sustaining a fractured hand on Aug. 1. Goldschmidt hit off a tee this past week and then he took flips in the cage on Friday, but he will not play in Sunday's season finale against the Cardinals.


9/27/2014 | Trumbo's pair of jacks help D-backs deck Cards

Mark Trumbo belted a pair of homers, including a go-ahead three-run shot in the seventh as the D-backs earned a 5-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday night to even the series.


9/27/2014 | Waino, Cards bidding for NL Central title in finale

Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals will seek their second straight NL Central title when they take on Josh Collmenter and the D-backs in Sunday's series finale at Chase Field.


9/27/2014 | Cardinals, D-backs lose challenges on bases

Alan Trammell lost his first challenge as acting D-backs manager in the eighth inning of Friday night's 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Cardinals, when a safe call on a pickoff attempt on Kolten Wong at first was ruled as stands. Cards manager Mike Matheny also lost a review in the 10th when an out call at second was confirmed.


9/26/2014 | D-backs need new leadership that can retain talent

The takeaway here is that the D-backs are looking for a new voice in the dugout, and one can hardly blame them. But what remains to be seen is whether La Russa and Stewart -- two guys who seemingly fall within the "old school" classification -- continue to glorify grit with their new hire or take a more nuanced and tactical approach.


9/26/2014 | D-backs to conduct extensive search for skipper

The D-backs on Friday dismissed manager Kirk Gibson and the search for his successor has already begun with chief baseball officer Tony La Russa working with new general manager Dave Stewart and senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson.


9/26/2014 | Stewart will command respect from players

The D-backs on Friday introduced former Major League pitcher Dave Stewart as their new general manager and senior vice president, along with De Jon Watson as the club's new senior vice president of baseball operations, signaling a change to the players in the clubhouse.


9/26/2014 | D-backs players surprised by Gibson's dismissal

The fact that Kirk Gibson was dismissed as manager on Friday didn't come as much of a surprise to many outside the the D-backs, who had fallen from NL West champions in 2011 to the team with the worst record in the Major Leagues this year. But what may have caught some players off guard was the timing of the announcement.


9/26/2014 | D-backs' late rally foiled by Cards' surge in 10th

Didi Gregorius and Ender Inciarte delivered clutch hits in a three-run eighth that forced extras, but Evan Marshall gave up the go-ahead single in the 10th in the D-backs' 7-6 loss to the Cardinals on Friday night.


9/26/2014 | D-backs relieve Gibson, Trammell of their duties

The D-backs announced Friday that manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell have been dismissed from their respective roles, but Trammell will manage the club's final three games.


9/26/2014 | New D-backs' front office will work in concert

The D-backs introduced their new baseball braintrust on Friday, moments after announcing a shakeup in their dugout. Dave Stewart will serve as general manager, while De Jon Watson is the club's senior vice president of baseball operations.


9/25/2014 | D-backs hire Stewart as new general manager

Dave Stewart officially became the D-backs' fourth full-time general manager Thursday, while De Jon Watson was hired for a key role in the baseball operations department.


9/24/2014 | D-backs announce affiliation with Kane County

The D-backs on Wednesday announced a two-year player development contract with the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League.


9/24/2014 | Stewart reportedly D-backs' choice to be general manager

There are indications that Dave Stewart will be named the Diamondbacks' general manager, and that De Jon Watson, the Los Angeles Dodgers' assistant general manager, also will be joining the club's front office, according to a baseball source.


9/24/2014 | Cards control own destiny heading into final series

The Cardinals are headed to the postseason for the fifth time in six years, but they still have work to do. Michael Wacha will get the ball on Friday to open a series with Trevor Cahill and the D-backs as the Cards seek the NL Central title.


9/24/2014 | Nuno, D-backs fall just short in final road contest

Vidal Nuno struggled with his command, and that cost him as Minnesota beat Arizona, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field.


9/23/2014 | Hughes looks to continue strong season vs. Arizona

Phil Hughes will try to close out his strong season with a series win over the visiting D-backs on Wednesday afternoon at Target Field. Vidal Nuno is hoping to pick up his first win with Arizona.


9/23/2014 | D-backs unable to recover after Chafin's short start

D-backs starter Andrew Chafin struggled with his command and the Twins took advantage of it as they beat the D-backs, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Target Field.


9/23/2014 | Hill dislocates pinkie sliding into home plate

D-backs infielder Aaron Hill dislocated the tip of his right pinkie finger while sliding headfirst into home plate in Monday night's 6-2 win over the Twins.




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