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The All-Time MLB Team, Shortstop: nominations and ballot

The All-Time MLB Team, Shortstop: nominations and ballot

Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP via Offense? Defense? Or a combination of both? Well, I should really have got this under way before the switch-over to the new commenting system. I’d forgotten that it would nuke comments on existing articles, or I thought it would only be fore a couple of hours rather than... until April. I therefore have had to go largely on memory, in terms of the players that were nominated and the justifications for them. I hope I’ve got most of the bases covered, but my penance is that I don’t get to copy paste out of the comments,...
Jan 27, 2022
SnakePit Hall of Fame: David who?

SnakePit Hall of Fame: David who?

Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via For the second year in a row, there’ll be no induction ceremony at SnakePit Towers. What am I to do with all these vol-au-vents? SnakePit Hall of Fame Inductees 2015 - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez 2016 - Ken Griffey Jr. 2017 - Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero, Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, John Smoltz 2018 - Chipper Jones, Ivan Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez 2019 - Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Jim Thome 2020 - Roy Halladay, Derek Jeter 2021 - None 2022 - None 2022 voting There were 25...
Jan 27, 2022
New comments system on AZ SnakePit

New comments system on AZ SnakePit

Photo by: Andia/Universal Images Group via Use this thread to discuss any issues, share tips, etc. Please avoid “But I don’t LIKE it...” whining. It’ll give us an excuse to use those shiny new moderation tools... A quick summary of what you can expect from the new system: Easier embeds (just paste the Twitter/YouTube link) Easier rich text shortcuts (control-B for Bold, control-I for italics) Email notifications when someone replies to you See who’s Rec’d your comments Better flagging options and strong anti-abuse controls A GIF library for easy image...
Jan 26, 2022
The All-Time MLB Team, Shortstop: nominations open

The All-Time MLB Team, Shortstop: nominations open

A balance between defense and offense takes the stage Outside of catcher, shortstop is generally regarded as being the most difficult defensive spot on the diamond. It requires a variety of different skills in order for a fielder to be effective: quick reactions; good range; a strong and accurate arm; nimble footwork when turning a double-play. It’s a rare combination, but when the come together in one player, it’s a joy to watch them. Witness the web gems we’ve appreciated from Nick Ahmed over the past few seasons: he frequently makes the difficult plays look easy, and...
Jan 25, 2022
Snake Bytes, 1/25: Big Papi’s heading to Cooperstown

Snake Bytes, 1/25: Big Papi’s heading to Cooperstown

Photo by Jeff Gross/ A later than usual edition, to cover the Hall of Fame voting. Team news [FanGraphs] Luke Weaver, Again - Here I am again, writing about how Weaver can excel in 2022. Why do I keep doing it? Because I keep believing it! I can tell you truthfully that I think he has the tools to be a second or third starter, even though he’s been more like a fourth or fifth option so far in his career. You might wonder how that’s the case – after all, he’s basically a two-pitch pitcher, he doesn’t throw particularly hard, and his changeup, easily his best...
Jan 25, 2022
Third Base Platoon of Ellis and Rojas

Third Base Platoon of Ellis and Rojas

Drew Ellis. | Photo by Rich Schultz/ Deciding who will play third base is interesting and complex. The crowd wisdom was that a platoon of Drew Ellis and Josh Rojas is the best choice. The fans have voted. Now it’s up to the Diamondbacks to make their choice. Whatever they do, some fans will be thrilled and some fans will be aghast. Perhaps it was an understatement when Jack Sommers wrote, “It will be interesting to see what Hazen actually does.” Before talking about the vote, let’s be clear that deciding who will play at third base is both interesting and...
Jan 25, 2022
Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to AZ Snake Pit

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to AZ Snake Pit

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Coming Thursday, comments will look different. Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation. This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change. Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL communities in 2020 and to many of our soccer sites and our NHL and NBA communities last...
Jan 24, 2022
The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: Rogers Hornsby

The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: Rogers Hornsby

Photo by Transcendental Graphics/ Has there ever been a better right-handed hitter? It was the closest battle yet in this series. Jackie Robinson jumped out to an early read, but over the course of the weekend, Rogers Hornsby reeled in the gap, eventually prevailing by 38-32%. Joe Morgan got the bulk of the remaining votes with 24%, as the three-way race I expected, largely came to pass. But in the end, Hornsby's insane offensive numbers proved decisive. I mean, he's the only man in baseball history to bat .400 while hitting 40 home-runs. And yet, by OPS, that was only...
Jan 23, 2022
SnakePit Round Table: Athletic Supporters

SnakePit Round Table: Athletic Supporters

Photo by Norm Hall/ Trading Ketel Marte, judging Mike Hazen and culinary no-nos are among this week’s topics This week’s questions are (mostly) shamelessly borrowed from Zach Buchanan’s fan survey on The Athletic. Thought it might be interesting to fire some of them at our writers and get their opinions at greater length... How many games will the Diamondbacks win in 2022? [Presuming a 162-game season, which is looking less likely every day…] Makakilo: Diamondbacks will win more than 77 games per this AZ Snake Pit article. How will it be accomplished? Batting...
Jan 22, 2022
Your Saturday Sporcle: Everyday players

Your Saturday Sporcle: Everyday players

Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/ Who are the active MLBers we’ve seen most often? This was somewhat inspired by the second-base candidates I was looking at earlier in the week, with careers which spanned 20+ years. So I thought I’d look at the active players who have appeared in most games. The all-time leader there is, of course, Pete Rose, who played 3,562 time over his 24-year career in the majors. Will that record ever be broken? I imagine it’s possible: someone like Juan Soto, who got his career started off very young, probably has the best shot. But even so,...
Jan 22, 2022
Let the Kids Play

Let the Kids Play

Josh Rojas and Pavin Smith celebrate | Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Mike Hazen needs to speed up the youth movement The main reason I have often advocated for a youth movement and rebuilding process to hurry up and get started is because it takes so darn long. One of the main issues I’ve encountered when discussing the Diamondbacks minor league system and how long it will take to become competitive again is communicating clearly just how long it takes for players to develop into above average, every day major leaguers. We often see and use the phrase “ETA”...
Jan 21, 2022
The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: nominations and ballot

The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: nominations and ballot

Almost 90 years of baseball history in these five candidates Here we are, down to five, though if the discussion in the nomination thread is any guide, this seems likely to be a two- or three-man race. Here you go: Eddie Collins Nominated by ChuckJohnson56: “First in games played, innings and assists, second in putouts. His career overlapped with the end of Lajoie’s career and the beginning of Hornsby’s.” He reached the majors in 1906 with the Philadelphia Athletics, and had six stellar years with them. From 1909-14, he had an OPS+ of 163, while also averaging sixty...
Jan 20, 2022
Snake Bytes, 1/20: No news is... uh, no news.

Snake Bytes, 1/20: No news is... uh, no news.

Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Newsmakers I, for one, welcome our new robot umpire overlords. Team news [The Athletic] Diamondbacks fan survey results: Little blame for Torey Lovullo, but ambivalence about the team - The fans have spoken. Three hundred and sixty-two of you filled out our 2022 Diamondbacks fan survey, and in one loud and clear voice you have said: “Meh.” You ache over past mistakes (for some, trading Paul Goldschmidt; for others, signing Madison Bumgarner), but you feel optimistic about the future. General manager Mike Hazen and his front office may have...
Jan 19, 2022
The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: nominations open

The All-Time MLB Team, Second base: nominations open

Are we going old-school here? After Lou Gehrig walked away with the first-base spot, I don’t immediately feel there’s as much of a clear-cut winner at second-base. Part of this may be due to sheer distance in time. We’re more than a century removed from 1915-16, the seasons when the top three by bWAR were all in action. Footage of them in action is thus extremely limited, and I feel fairly sure there’s no-one on the SnakePit who can claim to have seen them in action! But there’s a case to be made that this position is one that deserves more than just a mere...
Jan 19, 2022
Evaluating Torey Lovullo, Part 2

Evaluating Torey Lovullo, Part 2

Photo by Ralph Freso/ How do results stack up against context free performance ? Evaluating the manager of an MLB team is a difficult task. Of course watching the team every day, and seeing how the manager handles various situations we can get a sense or feeling of how he is doing. But it’s almost impossible for us to separate our bias, whether it’s bias towards the individual or bias towards how we believe the game should be played and managed. There are also many situations where we just don’t have enough visibility into the information necessary to judge the...