“30 Teams, 30 Posts” (2016): A stream of consciousness on Greinke being on the Diamondbacks

In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post (of varying amounts of seriousness) about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2016 season. Earlier installments can be found here. Today, the D-Backs.

I know, as a fact, that Zack Greinke is now a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. That is something I am 100% sure of.

That still doesn’t mean I truly believe it, though.

I mean, this was Zack Greinke. He’s admitted in the past that he follows the money. And he was in Los Angeles, the richest team in the league in one of the biggest markets in the country.

And yet, he ended up in Arizona. Phoenix. For the Diamondbacks.

I mean, if it was the Yankees or Red Sox, I could see it. Heck, I’d even go with someplace like San Francisco or one of the Chicago teams.

But he went to Arizona. The Diamondbacks.

I still haven’t fully processed this.

I’m not sure when I will.

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“30 Teams, 30 Posts”: The Arizona Diamondbacks are now the forgotten team of the NL West

In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2015 season. Previous installments can be found here. Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

For years, the Padres were the forgotten team of baseball, or, at the very least, the NL West. The Dodgers were the Dodgers and thus seemingly inherently interesting. The Giants have been winning world titles every even year. The Rockies have had Troy Tulowitzki, who is always in the news because he is always on the brink of being traded, and yet never is. The Diamondbacks were full of talk about “grit” and so on, and the Padres… were just kind of there.

But now, after a crazy off-season for the Padres that may well have turned them into a contender, the Diamondbacks are the forgotten team of the NL West. They don’t have Kirk Gibson there anymore trumpeting things about grit anymore, and it’s likely they will be an afterthought in the race for the postseason.

Although they do still have Paul Goldschmidt, and he’s really good, so that’s cool. But, alas, it’s unlikely he’ll be enough to make the Diamondbacks anything more than a minor character in this season of Major League Baseball.