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[Pinches self] Nope. He’s still a Cardinal..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodSnake and know how much there is to gain from it.” Weaver Daniel Murphy Jersey , 25, said it will take “easy fixes” to get him back to his 2017 form, when he posted a 3.88 ERA in 60.1 innings. He cited several bad starts as the reason his numbers took a dip in 2018.[]Kelly, Weaver excited for opportunity in Arizona - Kelly said of Molina, who is revered for his ability to work with pitchers and call a game. "I've gone to five Spring Trainings with him, so I've got to see firsthand the work ethic and what it takes to be a Gold Glove catcher and the leader of a team. I've just taken that stuff to heart. I've written a lot of stuff down. I like to write stuff down. I've taken a lot of information in and applied to that to my game and now I feel that I'm getting my opportunity to go out there and perform and show what I've got."[Sports360AZ] Carson Kelly Looking to Grow, Help Luke Weaver Do the Same - Learning from one of the best catchers in baseball can be a double-edged sword. Kelly could learn the lessons to make him great from Molina, but he couldn’t apply those lessons consistently in Major League scenarios because of his mentor’s stranglehold on the position. In 117 at-bats over the course of three years, Kelly hit .154 with no home runs and 10 RBI. “It was a tough situation for sure,” Kelly said. “It was more the mental side than the physical side I thought I was ready to play but getting those opportunities and not knowing when you might get another one, it weighted heavily on me. I think that is part of the reason I haven’t had a ton of success at the big league level yet is because of that.”[Arizona Sports] President Derrick Hall hopes Paul Goldschmidt can be a D-back again - “I’m so happy for Goldy. He is such a good human being,” Hall said. “The difficult part for our baseball staff was trying to separate the man from the decision. Speaking to him yesterday, I was emotional on the phone with him. I teared up and let him know how much I loved him. He is so important to me. He’s a member of my family. As I told him at the end of our conversation, ‘Goldy , I hope you’re back with us, either as a player in the future or working for us and for me because that’s how important you are to me and our organization.’”[Inside the 'Zona] 2019 D-backs Top Prospects: #1-10 - After a ton of debate, checking my own thinking, re-reviewing the stats, checking my notes on guys I’ve seen, and talking to scouts and evaluators, the final ten are set. And let me say for the record: this top-10 was harder than any other. There’s legitimate argument for who should be #1 overall, and it doesn’t get any easier from there. It’s a matter of weighing upside and certainty, tools and performance, the known and the unknown. Disagreement is expected, not because I took wild chances, but because everyone’s preferences are different. So it goes鈥Cronkite News] ‘Goldy’ gone: Arizona sports scene suffers another blow as D-Backs trade Goldschmidt - The trade left many to wonder who will replace him as the face of the franchise. “I think we have a number of players who have invested quite a bit into this team,” Diamondbacks Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen said. “From Jake Lamb to David Peralta, Robbie Ray Max Scherzer Jersey , Nick Ahmed, I think we have a number of players. Hopefully some of the younger players like Ketel Marte see this as an opportunity to take a lead in that area.”[WDEF] The Diamondbacks are committed to a rebuild after trading Paul Goldschmidt - how drastic will it be? - The team’s best hitter and best pitcher from last season are gone, with A.J. Pollock and so many others poised to follow, so it makes little sense to cling to other veterans still under team control...Nabbing Kelly plus a buy-low on Weaver in exchange for one season of Goldschmidt is exactly the kind of move that Hazen should be empowered to make with the rest of the current roster. If DBacks fans want to see winning baseball again relatively soon, they should root for more of the same with just about everyone who’s still left. What’s after a Thursday win against the Yankees? A Good Friday!"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Royals Trade Rumors & Hot StoveRoyals Minor Leagues & ProspectsRoyals Review ClassicRoyals Review Users GuideThe 100 Greatest Royals Of All TimeRoyals RumblingsRoyals Rumblings - News for April 19, 2019New,124commentsWhat’s after a Thursday win against the Yankees? A Good Friday!EDTShareTweetShareShareRoyals Rumblings - News for April 19, 2019Thaaaa Royals win.Thaaaa Royals win!Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsLet’s clear out some more stories from Wednesday’s game. Many different outlets felt it appropriate to take a dig at MLB’s “Let the Kids Play” slogan when talking about the White Sox-Royals fight.ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle talks about Tim Anderson’s home run history against the Royals, Joe West, and more.Matt Snyder of CBS Sports did the what’s-now-becoming-a-cliche story about the hypocrisy of it all, taking apart the specific situation.Like the story above this, Yahoo’s Chris Cwik points to the Twitter feud between Anderson and Toronto’s Randal Grichuk and more player Twit reaction.USA Today’s Ted Berg wants to get his clicks, too.Even Ken Rosenthal (now at The Athletic, of course) got a little salty with fans:Hey , the Royals made national baseball news! Yay?A couple of weeks into the season and many blogs are already giving up on the Royals. Nothing new the past couple of days from Royals Blue, Kings of Kaufman, or even the reliable Royals Farm Report.The first Fansided entry is a slideshow (warning) from KC Kingdom’s Cullen Jekel: “Power Rankings Volume 1 for 2019 season”.In the second, Call to the Pen’s David Hill proclaims “Kelvin Gutierrez hammering on major league door”The Star’s Pete Grathoff talked with Jake Newberry about his high school life before being draftedIn one of his Fantasy Baseball columns, Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski features Hunter DozierIf you have a Baseball Prospectus subscription, Zach Crizer talks about Brad Keller avoiding the strike zone.Fangraphs prospect guru Eric Longenhagen hits up Nicky Lopez on his Daily Prospect Notes:Wait? Did you think I forgot listicles?’s Do-Hyoung Park lists “Each AL Central team’s secret weapon”Around baseball...ESPN’s David Schoenfield looks at the next three free agent classes. In what must be an embarrassing oversight for the worldwide leader, no Royals players are there, nor are they listed as a potential destination for any of the players on said list.Also from Bristol, Eddie Matz has an awesome story about fake jobs that players claim to haveAAA is now using the MLB baseball instead of the old minor league ball and Baseball America’s JJ Cooper examines the sharp rise in home runs that has followed.In the same vein, the Sports Illustrated baseball staff tackles the question “Does MLB have a home run problem?”Former Royal Jeremy Jeffress talked with Ryan Fagan of Sports Illustrated about his health issues, baseball, and other topics:In a previous Rumblings, I professed my love for one of my favorite games of all time, SNES’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. So when it was rumored that they would be making a sequel , even with the care Nintendo puts into the Zelda franchise, I was fully expecting a cheap cash-in on nostalgia. However, it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise, a fitting homage, and a worthy successor to one of the best games of all time.The Zelda timeline is a wacky place and we’ll probably revisit it at some point. It’s nicely summed up on the Zelda wiki thusly:Fortunately, it’s pretty obvious where this fits as the “official timeline” came out a couple of years before the game and the writers went out of their way to make it easy on players. It’s a direct sequel to Link to the Past but takes place hundreds of years later. The Zelda and Link in this game are distinctly different from the Zelda and Link from LTTP (or any other game) and their exploits have faded into legend. As a sidebar, I have to think Zelda and Link are the most popular kid names in Hyrule. There’s a slim chance your kid might be a chosen one and become a trancendent hero.The game uses identical maps from Link to the Past for the overworld so there’s a familiarity to fans of the original. However, the dungeons are completely different. Similarly, an equipment renting mechanic makes the game a much more open world and the 3D “fade into walls” technique creates new types of puzzles. The subtle change from 16-bit to 3D graphics and newer remixes of the classic music feel like a fresh coat of paint on a 20-year-old game and make it feel modern. The plot has some great twists that I won’t spoil beyond what I’ve already said. There was a lot of care taken to craft this game and it’s certainly worthy of being the sequel to a legend. Today’s song of the day is the delightful Lorule (get it: the opposite of Hyrule) Castle:

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