A letter from Mike Hazen

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    How soon until Ketel demands to be traded?...
     
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    Ya think he and DBook will work out a tandem trade to the same new city? :(

    I've mentioned that I visited Phoenix in 1970 and started laying the groundwork
    to move here in '78. My license plate reads (phonetically) PARADISE.

    As marginal as our pro sports teams have been (except for the Mercury), I have
    stood by them (yes, posting critical comments).

    This is the least happy time in my past half-century of following Valley sports.
     
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    Here is a long, detailed analysis of the status of the D-backs, looking ahead to next season. It sums up the disappointments quite well.

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    It is interesting that Hazen makes no reference to the Manager and coaching staff in evaluating the team. How can they not be included in
    the critique?

    By moving last season's #2 RBI man to leadoff, following the weakest part of the lineup, Ketel adjusted to the role and hit just two home
    runs in the short season. Just as Lovullo then did with Calhoun.

    I am going to be an optimist and conclude that Hazen is realistic enough to know that Torey has played the largest part in the team's decline.
    And that he has not included him in the evaluation because he has nothing good to say. And, with the season drawing to an end, he will take
    action when it is over.

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/spo...ks-after-disappointing-mlb-season/5859616002/
     
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    I'm confused. You complain about players trying to hit homeruns and then you are critical of Ketel not hitting homeruns?

    You do realize that last year was and still is an outlier for Ketel right?

    Odds are astronomically high that Torey will still be in place when the 2021 season starts so I would suggest while you are hoping for a different outcome that you start preparing yourself for what is likely coming. Even so, you want the guy who thought Torey was the right choice in the first place to make the decision again?
     
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    I mentioned the quote about Ketel hitting only two HR's so far, but my main concern
    was about his being second in RBI's last season and having to adapt to the leadoff
    role this season. Based on last season, he is best suited for the heart of the order.

    I am not against players hitting HR's. I am against them making "lift" their go-to
    swing on every pitch. As I have posted, I would like to see line drives to left-
    canter or right-center as their go-to swing.

    And, as I've also posted, if they get a pitch they think they can "lift" for a HR,
    go for it, if it best serves the situation. Including when we need a sac fly.

    As far as the GM, no, I think he should be let go with Lovullo. Choose an
    experienced GM and let him choose the next Manager. And hope that
    Sarver (continues to keep hands-off and) lets them do their jobs.
     
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    You mean Kendrick, but yeah...
     
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    Torey has a year left on his deal and they’re not paying two managers next year.
     
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    Then next year is going to be a dumpster fire, and I hope that Varsho, Gallen, Marte, Walker, Carroll, Robinson, Thonas and Perdomo find a way not to play a single inning with the MLB club, so as not to develop bad habits and kill their futures.
     
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    Oops! From a basketball team out of the playoffs for over a decade to a last place baseball team, sometimes they blend together.

    And knowing that the Mercury will be rebuilding when their 38-year old star ends her career.
     

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