Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Guide to the Arizona Diamondbacks blogosphere

There's not a lot out there in the Arizona blogsophere but these are the best.

AZ Snake Pit

The SB Nation site. The founder, Jim McLennan, was invited to join SB Nation in 2005. There's a guy there named James Attwood who publishes a series of pieces under The Bard's Take. Turns out he's an English scholar. Staff are designated in an interesting way. "We believe in a tough love of razzing and sarcasm", says the guidelines. No swearing allowed though.

I'd like to adopt this:
The Uecker Line: this is our PC-approved version of the Mendoza line, after npineda complained, tongue-in-cheek, about the racial nature of the label in the April 10th, 2007 recap. It's actually more accurate, since Mario Mendoza's career average was actually .215, while Bob Uecker batted exactly .200 during his time in the majors. Uecker is, however, somewhat harder to spell, and is also generally worth less at Scrabble.
Cool recent title: Brainstorming cooler Arizona Diamondbacks T-shirts

Diamondsback Bullpen

I found this place through Jim McLennan's profile on Snake Pit. He started it but isn't involved in the day to day running of it.  It uses the same forum structure as SOSH (including game threads) and the posters seem to be knowledgeable. Apparently we are the poor souls who use the DH.

Cool forum heading: Farm Implements

Inside the 'Zona

The Sweet Spot site. The two guys that run it, Ryan P. Morrison and Jeff Wiser, also write for Beyond the Box Score and run a very comprehensive site. They concentrate on analysis and SABR and categorize their articles into three sections - Research, Editorial/Opinion, and Prospects, They have their own podcast called The Pool Shot. While they have commenting capabilities it doesn't seem like there's a lot of engagement.

Cool recent title: Yasmany Are Called But Few Are Chosen: The Time Has Come to Build for 2017, Better Embrace