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No, this is not about a pitcher that gets better with age. This is simply about how a fan favorite and team ace can, in just a couple of years, become forgotten and seemingly disappear.

Brandon Webb’s career started with a bang, debuting in New York in 2003 and out-dueling Tom Glavine with seven scoreless innings and ten strikeouts. He finished his rookie season 10-9 with an ERA of 2.84. He was spectacular.

His sophomore season was a struggle. He battled control all season, leading the league in losses (16), walks (119), and wild pitches (17). In his defense, there was no defense behind him (Alex Cintron and Scott Hairston were his middle infielders) and the team was terrible. Even still, his ERA was a solid 3.59.

After a much improved 2005 campaign, he earned himself a $28 million contract.

With his new contract, Webb became a star in 2006, winning the National League Cy Young award with 16 wins, three shutouts, and only 50 walks. His sinker was considered the best in baseball.

The 2007 season saw him continue as an ace, but on a magical team. The Diamondbacks won their division and made it to the NLCS, all while sporting one of the youngest teams in the league.

Webb also put together his own magic, running a streak of 42 consecutive scoreless innings. I personally remembered the Orel Hershiser 1988 streak and how magical that was for me as a Dodger fan at the time.

I saw a lot of parallels between Webb and Hershiser. Both threw incredible sinkers, although Hershiser threw his a little harder and was called a “sinking fastball” as opposed to a “sinker” because it was thrown harder. Both wore No. 55 (Webb changed to 17 in ’07), both had amazing streaks, and both played for teams that overachieved to make the playoffs (I was in awe of how similar the ’07 D-backs were to the ’88 Dodgers and thought at the time that it was going to be another special championship year. It could have been).

Webb was the team’s best player and was loved by Phoenix fans not only for his performance, but also for his small-town charm and overall likability.

However, something happened during the 2008 season.

It was arguably his finest season, even when the team could not hold it together after a torrid start. He went 22-7 with an ERA of 3.30, and many believe should have won his second Cy Young. He finished second, behind Tim Lincecum.

Amid the success he had, things changed. The team began to negotiate contract extensions for him and for teammate Dan Haren. Everyone knew that it was going to cost a lot, but that he would get one done.

Oddly, Haren got his extension first. Then, strangely, negotiations with Webb were “tabled” for unknown reasons. This was after the framework was reportedly in place for a three-year, $54 million deal.

Since the reasons were kept quiet, some fans started talking about how he was trying to cash in and being selfish. Webb was hurt by this, and even went on the radio to plead his case.

Although he never came out and said it, nor did his performance go down, he seemed hurt by how things were handled.

There was also an ESPN The Magazine feature on him and his off-day routine. It did one of two things for fans. It either made him look amazingly talented that he didn’t work out much, didn’t study video or scouting reports, and played around between starts, or it made him look lazy.

The fact that he did not end up winning the Cy Young award seemed to bother him, too. He frequently mentioned his win total and how no one with his amount of wins had not won the award unless another had that many as well.

The 2009 season lasted four innings for Webb. Shoulder tightness took him out of the game and he hasn’t pitched for the team since.

Not long after this, it was leaked that the reason for his contract talks being tabled was because of abnormalities in his shoulder, meaning his contract could not be insured.

Then, the shoulder issue went from not missing a start, to a few weeks, to no surgery needed, to yes, he needed surgery. Of course, surgery didn’t happen until August so five months passed that were essentially wasted.

The local media and fans wondered why it took so long for the decision.

When his shoulder surgery happened I was reminded again of Orel Hershiser who had reconstructive shoulder surgery in 1990 just two years after his magical 1988 season. He was never the same dominant pitcher he was, but he went on to win another 107 big league games and was a very good player.

The team decided to exercise the $8.5 million option for the 2010 season, citing that basically they had no choice if they wanted to compete as a team. That turned out to be a very poor business decision.

Move forward to 2010 spring training and there was hope that he would be ready to pitch early in the season. No progress was made.

He missed the start of the season, hoping to pitch for the team by June. Then July. Then six-to-eight starts total. Now it is doubtful he will pitch again this year. At this point, it would actually surprise me if he pitches another big league game ever.

The worst part is that there has been nothing physically wrong with his shoulder for months. He just hasn’t been comfortable and has been fighting mechanics.

It hasn’t been a loud clamoring but there have been whispers by fans and media that he is just sitting on his option money. Louder has been the criticism of his mental toughness and dedication (which leads us fans to believe the ESPN The Magazine feature was an indictment of his laziness or lack of toughness).

It really is a shame. Webb was a true ace, a streak-buster, a guy you could send to the hill and feel all but certain of a victory. He was a difference-maker. He goes down, and the team falls apart.

Now he is a dead man walking (at the very least, he should be a dead man pitching or should have been one of the trades). No one sees him the way they once did. He is not exactly despised, but he is basically an afterthought, something puzzling with a former ace.

I wonder what will happen in the future. Obviously, there will be no big contract coming. If he comes back and is the Brandon Webb we all saw from 2003 and from ’05-’08, then we can figure that there was something personal going on with him and the team or something.

From the perspective of a baseball fan in general, I hope that Webb makes a full recovery and can dominate like he once did.

From the view of the Diamondbacks fan, I secretly hope he is never the same because then it would mean all of it was real and not some spiteful way of getting back at the team for not giving him the extension to begin with.

On the bright side, there is a young pitcher in Barry Enright that reminds me of Webb’s rookie year. I may be way off the mark but with two years of terrible baseball in Arizona and wasted money (Webb, Eric Byrnes, Bobby Howry, the GM/manager combo), I’m looking for anything to grasp onto.

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The Diamondbacks have worked out a last-minute deal for Mariners righty Mike Leake, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Infield prospect Jose Caballero is going to Seattle in return, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (Twitter link). Arizona is taking on only $6MM of Leake’s remaining obligations, according to John Gambadoro of ArizonaSports.com.

It’s been a precipitous drop for the 31-year-old Leake, who’s now accrued nearly 1,800 big-league innings since debuting straight from Arizona State in 2010. Leake’s walk and strikeout rates have remained mostly intact, but he hasn’t been able to withstand the league-wide homer onslaught this season, having allowed an easily-career-high 1.71 per nine in 137 IP thus far. His average fastball velocity’s cratered to a career-worst 88.3 MPH, though the always-crafty mix-and-match artist has adjusted: his cutter and changeup, long his go-to out pitches, have each seen an uptick in usage, with the former being deployed nearly 27% of the time at current.

Leake’s park-adjusted peripherals still place firmly in the fourth/fifth starter range – thanks mostly to a string of sterling outings in the latter half of this month – and his presence should stabilize the back half of a Diamondbacks rotation that’s leaned heavily on the mostly ineffective arms of Taylor Clarke and Merrill Kelly of late. After the trade of Zack Greinke to the Astros, Leake will line up with the newly-acquired Zac Gallen, the still-here Robbie Ray, and some combination of Clarke, Kelly, and rookie Alex Young, whose peripherals lag far behind the 2.51 ERA he’s posted in his first six big-league outings.

It’s perhaps a bit chastening for the M’s, who acquired the righty from the Cardinals in a now-defunct August swap two seasons ago, to recoup only $6MM from the some $25MM remaining (through 2020) on the his deal. Caballero, 22, didn’t assert himself as a top organizational prospect for the Snakes, so the swap mostly seems centered around the marginal amount saved and opportunity for the club to insert a young hurler, perhaps lefty Justus Sheffield, into its rotation for the remainder of ’19. Righty Matt Wisler, acquired after being designated for assignment by San Diego, should also be afforded a look: the one-time top prospect has finally flashed the bat-missing stuff that was so often absent from his repertoire in seasons past.

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NEW YORK — Zac Gallen had just moved into his Miami apartment.

Two weeks later, he needed to move out.

A day after making his seventh career start with the Marlins and lowering his ERA to 2.72 with seven innings of two-run, eight-strikeout ball, the rookie right-hander was summoned to manager Don Mattingly’s office.

Gallen, who was just beginning to get acclimated to his new surroundings, initially assumed the coaching staff wanted to go over his last outing. But the Marlins had other plans on July 31 — and they weren’t sending Gallen back down to the minors.

Instead, Miami sent the 24-year-old to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade-deadline deal. In exchange, the Marlins received middle infield prospect Jazz Chisholm. Mattingly and Michael Hill, Miami’s president of baseball operations, delivered the news.

Well, sort of.

“At first, they didn’t tell me what team I’d been traded to. So at the end of the meeting, I was like, ‘Hey, where am I going?’” Gallen, who will match up against Reds righty Trevor Bauer on Sunday, told Yahoo Sports.

“They didn’t say. But at the time, I didn’t know what to do. I was just like I’ve got to pack up my stuff within like 12 hours. It was crazy.”
Different city, same results

Gallen found out about the trade at 2:30 p.m. He left Marlins Park two hours later after cleaning out his locker, saying his goodbyes and talking to reporters. Next, it was time to pack. Fortunately, Gallen had a close friend in town, who proved to be a huge help with the move.

“My phone was blowing up all day,” Gallen said. “And it was tough because I had to decide what to bring with me and what I was going to get shipped in my car a couple weeks later. I’m kind of a paranoid packer.”

Nevertheless, after taking a flight out west, Gallen found himself in another meeting with Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo. And this one went a bit differently.

“‘We’re excited to have you. We wanted you for a few months now, and we were finally able to make it happen,’” Gallen was told.

“So that was awesome to hear,” he said. “When you get traded, it’s good and bad. One team doesn’t want you, I guess you could say, but another does, so it’s cool. I was really glad to hear that they had so much interest in me.”

While the Diamondbacks have sputtered of late, their playoff hopes hanging by a thread after a four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets at Citi Field, Gallen hasn’t slowed down. And Arizona has yet to feel the sting of losing staff ace Zack Greinke, who they moved to Houston at the deadline.

In seven starts with the Diamondbacks, Gallen has compiled a 2.61 ERA. On Sept. 4, he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. In his last outing, against the Mets, he struck out nine — including All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso a combined five times in six plate appearances.

Zac Gallen, Filthy 87mph Changeup (release/spin axis/slow). pic.twitter.com/C6HdG4NOQz
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 11, 2019

He is the second NL pitcher to begin his career with 14 consecutive starts allowing three or fewer runs. Over that span, he has averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings.

“He’s really good,” Arizona veteran Robbie Ray said. “He knows how to pitch.”

Or, as one Diamondbacks source put it, “Sure, we had to give up Jazz. But he’s been a damn good pickup for us.”

Gallen didn’t necessarily expect to be traded, though he had been before — a young player on a rebuilding team — but he’s enjoyed his new environment so far.

“At the beginning of the year, I didn’t expect I’d be anywhere close to a playoff hunt,” he said. “And then here I am two months after I made my debut and we’re right in the mix. It’s pretty cool.”
Oh, what could’ve been in Miami

In an alternate universe, Miami would still have a Big Three. It just wouldn’t consist of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

A new trio of Luis Castillo, Chris Paddack and Domingo German would dominate on the mound. And with a potent lineup featuring Christian Yelich (Brewers), Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees), Marcell Ozuna (Cardinals) and J.T. Realmuto (Phillies), the Marlins would be among the favorites to reach the World Series in 2019.

But none of that is going to happen.

Castillo has emerged as an NL Cy Young award candidate — in Cincinnati. Paddack just wrapped up a solid rookie year with six shutout innings against the Cubs — in San Diego. And German became an unsung hero, winning 18 games — in the Bronx.

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Drayton McLane wanted to change things for the Astros and early advice told him that pitching was the key. To accomplish this, McLane decided to make his front three guys Doug Drabek, Pete Harnisch, and the big arm of Greg Swindell.

Swindell started his career in the Indians organization and quickly found himself pitching against major league players. “It was a dream come true. I never thought I would be called up after only three weeks. It was all a blur pitching for the Waco Pirates, Liberal BeeJays, and then the Indians.” Swindell would quickly dominate the competition with 72 wins and an ERA of 3.60, which was fairly low for the Steroid Era.

Astros fans were excited to see the new owner seemingly dedicated to returning to a playoff-contending team. Swindell was equally excited to join the Astros. “Growing up in Houston and then playing for the home team was fun!” But fate had a different plan for Swindell. His ERA ballooned past 4.50 and suddenly he found himself battling an injury. “I wish I would have pitched better from a personal basis. We had really good teams, the start of what was to become a contender. I just couldn’t get over the hump.”

In 1996, giving up on Swindell, the Astros released him. It was a huge mistake. He would join a few other clubs before his luck changed. In 1999, joining many other former Astros, Greg Swindell was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. This crew of former Astros players would take a World Series victory out of the jaws of the Yankees and Swindell was almost perfect. “It was a dream come true. From start to finish, the chemistry was there. The ownership wanted to win. It was awesome.” In typical Astros fashion, the team gave up on a pitcher right before they turned into one of the best in baseball.

Currently, Swindell is now working with the Longhorn Network. “I spend my time working for the Longhorn Network, baseball games, and loving Texas living my life at fifty years old.” It is not his only passion. “My son is autistic and I just try to raise awareness about Autism and try to help families cope.” If you are interested in donating in the name of Swindell’s son, Autism Speaks does amazing work and every dollar helps!

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley left the team’s April 28 game at Chase Field against the Colorado Rockies after a line drive hit him in the face. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 29 with a sinus fracture.

The team reinstated him May 16.

Continue for updates.
Bradley Reinstated
Saturday, May 16

The Diamondbacks announced they activated Bradley from the disabled list ahead of Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

On April 30, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com passed along comments from Bradley, who noted he suffered nothing more than a sinus fracture as a result of the line drive that hit him in the face:

No fracture of the jaw, no fracture of the orbital bone. I guess I have a slight fracture of the sinus, which I’m not even sure what that is. If this was a playoff race or a playoff game, I could pitch tomorrow if the team needed it.

The Diamondbacks announced they placed Bradley on the disabled list with a right sinus fracture and that pitcher Enrique Burgos was recalled from Double-A Mobile.

The line drive came off the bat of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on April 28, and Bradley left the game after the scary moment in the second inning. David Kadlubowski of the Arizona Republic provided a look at Bradley after the play:

Bradley tweeted a picture of himself after the game, commenting on how bad things looked:

Fox Sports’ Jack Magruder reported that Bradley went to the hospital for further testing and never lost consciousness. Magruder also added that Bradley had no concussion but did have sinus cavity swelling.

Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com noted just how hard Gonzalez’s hit truly was:

Fortunately for Bradley and the fans in attendance, things could have been much worse. Piecoro described the aftermath:

Bradley has been a pleasant surprise for the Diamondbacks in the early going and boasted a 2-0 record, 1.45 ERA and 0.96 WHIP entering play April 28.

Given Piecoro’s account, Bradley will ideally continue his hot start. However, it may take some time for him to return to peak physical health and overcome any lingering concerns about another line drive back up the box in future starts.

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Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who remains on the rehab trail following major surgery on his left knee, will be making his first road trip of the season this week.

Souza is traveling with the Diamondbacks to Cincinnati, where he will be examined on Friday by Reds team physician Dr. Tim Kremchek, who performed Souza’s surgery in April.

While he is hoping Kremchek clears him to ramp up activities, Souza made it sound like a return to the field this season remains a long shot.

“I think we’ll get a better idea after this road trip of where we’re at,” Souza said. “I think ultimately I don’t want to risk something this year to hurt something for next year. I think that’s the risk/reward.”

Souza said the equation could change if the team remains alive into October, but he also didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself until he hears how Kremchek feels the recovery is going.

Souza slipped on home plate and tore up his knee in the Diamondbacks’ second-to-last exhibition game prior to Opening Day. Souza tore his ACL and LCL, partially tore his PCL and tore his posterior lateral capsule.

Given the severity of the injury Souza said things couldn’t be going better in rehab.

“We haven’t had any setbacks,” he said. “Everything has been amazing. We had an MRI at four months and, straight from Kremchek’s words, all the ligaments look pristine. The healing looks like it’s taking place. I’m not sore after doing everything; nothing really swells up. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome at this point.”

Souza has been doing “running drills,” which he said falls somewhere between jogging and sprinting. He hasn’t begun making cuts or turns. He also hasn’t started to swing the bat.

Assuming he doesn’t make it back this season, Souza said he is weighing his options when it comes to ways to get at-bats in the fall or winter, saying the instructional league as well as professional leagues in Latin America could be possibilities.

Short hops

Lovullo said right-hander Taijuan Walker will throw a bullpen session on Friday, his first since suffering a shoulder capsule injury in May as he neared a return from Tommy John surgery. Walker is hoping to return from the injured list at some point this month to at least log an inning in relief.

*Right-handers Luke Weaver and Yoshihisa Hirano also threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday, Lovullo said.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced after Tuesday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles that infielder Ildemaro Vargas is being optioned to Triple-A Reno.

A corresponding move will be made on Wednesday.

Vargas, 27, has been a consistent rotation fixture in the D-backs’ lineup, with injuries to Wilmer Flores, Jake Lamb and Steven Souza Jr. requiring players to move around the field. Vargas has started 27 games at second base and another six at third base.

David Peralta’s potential return could leave Vargas’ services no longer needed as a depth piece. Peralta has been on the 10-day IL since July 5, and his eventual return will shift Jarrod Dyson back to center and Ketel Marte to the infield at second. That leaves Nick Ahmed at short, Eduardo Escobar at third and Christian Walker at first.
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Flores returned from the injured list on Thursday after a right foot fracture had him on the IL since May 21, and so did Lamb earlier in the month, leaving the backup spots in the middle of the infield and third filled as well.

In 69 games and 178 plate appearances, Vargas is hitting .262 with five home runs and 20 RBI.

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Former MLB pitcher and more recent conspiracy theorist Curt Schilling—who, among other things, has publicly floated the notion that the Parkland shooting was a hoax—is thinking about running for Congress, and Donald Trump is into it.

“Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, tagging Fox & Friends, shortly after they aired a segment about the potential campaign.

After he broached the idea in a radio interview on Sunday, Schilling confirmed in a statement to the Arizona Republic that he is “absolutely considering” running against one of the state’s five Democrats in the House of Representatives.

“The state is not the state I grew up in,” he added. “Making Arizona citizens of EVERY Race, religion and sexual orientation 2nd class citizens to illegal immigrants is about as anti-American as it gets.”

As a player, Schilling is probably best remembered for pitching with a bloodied sock in the Boston Red Sox’s American League Championship series against the New York Yankees in 2004. In select Massachusetts sports bars, the sock wasn’t just about Schilling’s determination; it was also somehow about how hard, say, Tom Brady plays.

Since his retirement in 2009, Schilling has put on a sort of masterclass in losing the plot. He’d already campaigned for George W. Bush during his playing career, but without the rigors of a long pro baseball season, he had new time on his hands, and seemingly has spent much of it online. In 2015, ESPN suspended him from baseball-analyst duties for tweeting a meme that compared Muslims to Nazis. The following year, the network fired him for sharing a transphobic meme on Facebook. Other greatest hits include his collection of Nazi memorabilia that surfaced in 2015 and being sued by the state of Rhode Island over a video game company he founded that went south. (Schilling and other executives agreed to pay the state $2.5 million in a settlement.)

It’s too soon to say whether Schilling is actually thinking of running. He told the Arizona Republic he is “not ready to do any of that right now.” He was trending on Twitter after the news of his supposed run broke, and it’s easy to see this as an effort to drum up publicity for some new phase of his career, especially given that video game misadventure. Plus, he’s pulled this before, in a different state: In 2016 he publicly weighed challenging Elizabeth Warren for her Senate seat in Massachusetts. Warren’s entirely blasé response when asked about it then was recirculated on Tuesday—a sunnier spot in the day’s Schilling rehashes.

For now it might be best to focus on his support of the QAnon theory. Like Foster the People, he was just asking questions, and encouraging you to do your own research. And it can be tough to find your lane in a post–pro sports career. Not everyone moves as gracefully into one as A-Rod. But as long as we’re just asking questions, it’s worth noting that there’s a longstanding Yankees-fan conspiracy that Schilling put ketchup on his sock.

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PHOENIX – Brian Anderson is a busy man. The three-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year Award recipient is entering his 13th season as the Milwaukee Brewers’ play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports Wisconsin. That gig will be put on a brief hold, however, as the veteran announcer will begin to make the rounds calling some of the top national events on the sports calendar.

Along with Fox, he will call games from multiple sports on a variety of networks during the spring months. Although he acknowledges that the travel schedule can be stressful and tiring at times, he also calls it “exhilarating.”

After spending a few weeks in Arizona for spring training, Anderson’s next stop was Chicago to cover the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.
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Brewers TV analyst Brian Anderson (Photo: Fox Sports Wisconsin)

“It’s the busiest stretch I have,” he said. “It really starts in late February. I will come out to Arizona, do spring training baseball on television, step down after a couple of weeks of that to go do the Big Ten basketball tournament, and then ultimately the NCAA Tournament. So that window is about a month.

“And then I come back and do the opening schedule of the Brewers’ regular season. And then I’ll have to step down after a couple of weeks or a week of that and then go do the NBA playoffs. And that’s about a three-week run and that leads into the PGA Championship, which is now in May this year.”

Phew.

How does he handle the hectic schedule?

“You got to be organized with your prep and you’re constantly reading about every sport,” he said. “And once I get my teams for the NCAA Tournament, you’re solely focused on those eight teams in the first round that you’re calling the four games the first day. And you step back once you get past the first weekend and then tap back into what’s going on in the baseball world. I’m always curious to find out how the Brewers’ spring training is going when I’m doing basketball.”

Anderson’s broadcasting career launched in 1994, when he began calling minor-league baseball games in San Antonio, Texas. After nine years of play-by-play and numerous positions in other sports along the way, he wasn’t sure if his dream of landing a job with a big-league baseball team would come to fruition.

“I had actually given up on baseball because I couldn’t get a major-league broadcasting job,” he said. “I was having more success in basketball with the NBA and college basketball.”

An opening with the Brewers came up in late 2006 and Anderson became the voice of the team, alongside color commentator and former Brewers catcher Bill Schroeder. Shortly after, Anderson began calling MLB postseason games on TBS as well.

“Right away, I felt real comfortable,” Schroeder said of his partner. “He’s so prepared. He can do his job and my job, he’s that good. … He gives me room to do what I’m doing but he’s incredibly talented. Every one of my partners, I’ve enjoyed, but I think my rapport with Brian has gone beyond what I had with the other guys. Now we know what each other is doing before we do it.

“It’s like a marriage. In all honesty, we spend more time with each other than we do with our wives in the summer.”

Before the 2013 season, the pair was joined by Sophia Minnaert, who is a sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin and also employed by the team. For the last seven years, Minnaert has seen what type of broadcaster and person Anderson is on a daily basis.

“He’s extremely well-respected,” she said. “He’s obviously extremely talented, but anyone who knows him knows he’s just a good person and he’s a very loyal, kind, genuine person. He’s a great friend.”

Anderson’s versatility has put him in a position to call some of the most memorable plays in modern sports. Buzzer-beaters in the NCAA Tournament. Postseason walk-off home runs and no-hitters. Legendary plays and performances in the NBA playoffs.

You can find all of those on his résumé.

“My favorite (sport) is whatever I’m doing, whatever I’m assigned to do,” he said. “I truly mean that because there’s nuance in how you call play-by-play. The language and the vocabulary is different for all the different sports. But ultimately, the stories of the individual is the common thread with any of that. And that’s what intrigues me: to be able to tell a story in a path of a guy, how he gets to your television screen in my case now. That is always the same.”

As Anderson has become one of the most recognizable voices in sports, it seems he has also made an impactful and profound impression on his colleagues personally.

“He’s one of the best play-by-announcers in all of sports and I would put him up against anybody in the country,” Minnaert said.

“More importantly, he’s just a terrific person, especially in my position, you couldn’t ask for anybody better than to have as a co-worker, mentor, friend (and) support system.”

Kaleb Martinez is a senior majoring in sports journalism at Arizona State University. This story is a part of a partnership between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Friday that Domingo Leyba was recalled from Triple-A Reno.

The active roster, which has a limit of 40 players during the month of September and only 25 for the rest of the year, now stands at 33. Because of the expanded limit, there is no corresponding move with Leyba’s call up to the big leagues.

Leyba, who will turn 24 years old on Sept. 11, has played 10 games for the D-backs this year. In that time, he’s gone 3-for-9 (.333) with a double, an RBI and a walk. He debuted on June 22 against the Giants and collected a hit in his first major league at-bat, which was against three-time All-Star Mark Melancon.

He has spent most of the year in Reno, playing 112 games there and hitting .300 with 37 doubles, three triples, 19 homers and 77 RBIs. He ranks fourth in the Pacific Coast League in doubles, 12th in hits and tied for 14th in extra-base hits.
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Leyba joins Kevin Cron as infielders whom the D-backs have recalled for September’s expanded rosters.

The move came ahead of the Diamondbacks’ Friday game against the Reds in Cincinnati.